On January 14, the Seoul Central District Court held the second pretrial hearing for the “Produce 101” collection manipulation case.
The case entails three CJ ENM Mnet officers, together with director (PD) Ahn Joon Young, who’s suspected of manipulating the voting outcomes of the “Produce” collection, and 5 representatives within the leisure trade dealing with fees of violating the Improper Solicitation and Graft Act by way of bribery.
Ahn Joon Young and all different defendants weren’t current on the Seoul Central District Court immediately because the defendants aren’t obligated to attend pretrial hearings. Instead, their authorized representatives and the prosecution have been in attendance.
During the listening to, Han Dong Chul, who had been the chief producer (CP) of “Produce 101,” and workers member known as “Park,” who had been the principle author, have been chosen as witnesses. Han Dong Chul and Park are suspected of being concerned in rigging the debut group of the primary season.
The prosecution additionally requested season one contestant and singer Lee Hae In to seem as a witness, however the summoning was delayed as her lawyer acknowledged that she would make her resolution to seem on the subsequent listening to.
Ahn Joon Young and chief producer Kim Yong Bum typically acknowledged the prosecution’s fees, however expressed their intention to combat authorized battles over whether or not their fees have been illegal. Their lawyer mentioned, “We typically acknowledge the essential relations of the costs, however we shall be making authorized claims.” The lawyer additionally added that though the producers did certainly make unsuitable selections for the success of this system, that they had no intention of committing crimes.
In response, the courtroom identified that it didn’t appear as if the producers acknowledged their crimes any additional. They additionally acknowledged, “Right after acknowledging the costs, you mentioned that you just can’t be responsible, however whether or not you deny the costs and plead not responsible, that you must resolve on a technique. If there’s a important argument, it may be handled, however for those who argue on this method, it can solely cloud our judgement.”
The first listening to with the witness interrogation involving chief producer Han Dong Chul and author Park shall be held on February 7.
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