SEOUL, South Korea (CelebrityAccess) — K-pop star Jung Joon-young was arrested on Thursday over allegations that he shared videos of women engaged in sexual activities that had been recorded without their knowledge or consent.
According to the Korea Times, a court in the South Korean capital of Seoul issued a warrant on Thursday to arrest Jung Joon-young, on charges related to his sharing of the videos via a mobile chat app.
The arrest warrant was issued just hours after the singer appeared at a court hearing where he apologized for his actions to the victims.
“I am sorry. I made a big and inexcusable mistake, and I admit my guilt,” Jung told the court, per the Herald. “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,” he added.
Jung, who is 30, was first questioned about his involvement in the video sharing by police last week as part of a widening investigation into alleged drug and prostitution activity at a Gangnam nightclub connected to another K-pop star Seungri. Police are also investigating potential corruption with a ranking police officer suspected of having helped the high profile k-pop stars up their illicit acts in the past, the Herald reported.
If found guilty, the men accused could face sentences to five years in prison or fins of up to 30 million won ($26,424), under South Korean law.
Jung was dropped by his management company MakeUS Entertainment as he became a focus of the criminal probe.