On May 10 at 11 a.m. KST, the first preparatory hearing for Jung Joon Young was held for charges of violating the Special Act on Punishment of Sexual Crimes.
A preparatory hearing allows the court to determine how the trial should proceed in the future after hearing statements from both the defendant’s side and the prosecution. The defendant is not required to attend.
However, Jung Joon Young arrived at the Seoul Central District Court around 9:30 a.m. KST. Former Burning Sun employee “Kim,” who was indicted for charges of quasi-rape, also participated in the hearing along with the singer. In addition to the two, four lawyers for the defendants and a lawyer representing the victim also attended the hearing.
During the hearing, Jung Joon Young’s lawyers stated that the singer admits to the facts listed by the prosecution for the charges that are made against him. They also commented on the ongoing investigation regarding suspicions of aggravated assault and said, “The police investigation for Choi Jong Hoon, who is said to have been an accomplice [of Jung Joon Young], is in its final stage. It won’t take much longer [to wrap up]. We wish to hold a combined trial [for all of the charges].”
The lawyers continued, “We suspect that there are two victims [of illegally filmed footage]. We see the need for the Ministry of Justice to appoint public defenders for the victims so that we can reach settlement.”
The Ministry of Justice took the lawyer’s requests to hold a joint trial for all charges into consideration and set the next hearing to take place on June 14 at 11 a.m. KST.