The 30-year-old woman who threatened Korean boy group JYJ member, Park Yoo Chun, was sentenced to 10 months of jail on Tuesday.
The court deemed that Ms. Kim’s actions had caused Yoo Chun and his management agency to incur a great loss: “Ms. Kim threatened and lied to the other party by claiming that she had contacts in the media and political industry. [She] must return the extorted amount to the victim (Yoo Chun) immediately, and [is] sentenced to 10 months of jail.”
In February, Ms. Kim picked up a phone that Yoo Chun’s friend had lost in Cheongdamdong, Seoul. As the phone did not have its lock function activated, she was able to access its contents easily.
Ms. Kim found Yoo Chun’s phone number and the latter’s texts and photos with an ex-girlfriend in the phone. She made a call to his management agency, and threatened to release the information unless she was paid KR$1 billion (approximately S$120,000).
Yoo Chun’s manager pretended to adhere to her demands, and arranged a meeting with her at a café. However, he secretly informed the police, and Ms. Kim was apprehended when she arrived to collect the money.
Woman arrested for blackmailing Park Yoochun