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(2nd LD) Singer Jung arrested over sex video scandal

All Headlines 20:56 March 21, 2019

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SEOUL, March 21 (Yonhap) -- A Seoul court issued a warrant on Thursday to arrest Jung Joon-young, a singer and TV personality, on charges of secretly filming sex videos of women and sharing them with friends on a mobile chat.

Jung, 30, is accused of recording sex videos of about 10 women he slept with and uploading them on a KakaoTalk messenger chat room to share them with other entertainers, including Seungri, a member of K-pop boy band BIGBANG.

Seungri has also been under probe over the sex tapes and a slew of other charges that include arranging escort services for prospective investors.

At a court hearing held earlier in the day, Jung admitted to his wrongdoings.

"I am sorry. I made a big and inexcusable mistake, and I admit my guilt," the 30-year-old, with teary eyes, read from a note. "I will accept the court decision without a battle.

"I apologize to the ladies who have suffered because of me. I will live my days repenting for the sins."

Police are also probing Jung and a few others in the nightclub business over allegations of cozy ties between them and police, with a ranking police officer suspected of having helped them cover up their illicit acts in the past.

President Moon Jae-in on Monday ordered a thorough investigation into the snowballing drug and sex scandal involving K-pop stars including Seungri.

Singer Jung Joon-young walks into the Seoul Central District Court on March 21, 2019, to attend a hearing that will decide on his arrest on the charge of illegally filming and leaking his own sex videos. (Yonhap)

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