K-pop singer Jung Joon-young, pictured here speaking upon his arrival at the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency in March, received a six-year prison term for gang-raping two different victims on two occasions in 2016, and filming himself having sex with other women without their knowledge and sharing the footage without their consent. Photo: AP
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Opinion

Adam Wright

Jailing of K-pop stars Jung Joon-young and Choi Jong-hoon offers ray of hope in dark year for the industry

  • The jailing on rape charges of the two South Korean stars is a welcome first step towards ending the misogyny and victim blaming rampant in K-pop
  • The convictions should also offer hope to South Korean women who have been victims of secretly recorded sex videos, revenge porn and ‘molka’

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K-pop singer Jung Joon-young, pictured here speaking upon his arrival at the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency in March, received a six-year prison term for gang-raping two different victims on two occasions in 2016, and filming himself having sex with other women without their knowledge and sharing the footage without their consent. Photo: AP
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The tragic death of K-pop star Goo Hara highlights the immense pressure felt by Korean stars, and that much more support could be given to them by the K-pop music industry.
Adam Wright
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Adam Wright

K-pop deaths of Goo Hara, Sulli and Jonghyun leave industry with blood on its hands

  • To have three celebrities from the same industry, in the same country, die in less than two years shows that something has gone tragically wrong
  • Pressure placed on singers and performers by K-pop industry, and lack of mental health support, has reaped a devastating cost

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The tragic death of K-pop star Goo Hara highlights the immense pressure felt by Korean stars, and that much more support could be given to them by the K-pop music industry.
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