5th trial of Miss Lee and 2 others (Mob Hwang and Mr Lee) for false accusation and attempted extortion was held by Jongjin Choi, Judge in Seoul Central District Court on Dec 1st.
These are defendants and their charges.
1. Defendant 1, Miss Lee : A girl in an adult facility has been imprisoned since she was arrested and indicted for false accusation and attempted extortion.
2. Defendant 2, Mr Lee : Miss Lee’s cohab has been indicted for attempted extortion. Last June, he did not show up for police investigation. Instead, he had interviews with Kmedia very hard.
3. Defendant 3, Mob Hwang : He has been imprisoned since he was arrested and indicted for attempted extortion. He stands trial for 2 other fraud charges including Yuchun’s case.
Kmedia still reports him as Miss Lee’s Cousin which is not true. If it had been true, the judge would have mentioned it. The judge confirmed that 1st defendant’s address and 2nd defendant’s address are same.
On Dec 1st, 5th trial of three defendants was scheduled for 4pm. But it was started at 4:10 pm due to prolonged previous trial. Examination of witnesses of this trial was proceeded in closed court for Yuchun’s privacy as well as previous trials.
Total witnesses of 5th trial were 2, and they all attended.
1st witness was Changjoo Baek, CEO of CJES. His testimony got started at 4:10pm and finished at 5:30pm.
2nd witness was Mr. Baek, Changjoo’s father. He went into court at 5:30, and came out at 6:26pm.
After examination of witnesses, Judge, lawyers of defendants and prosecutor had conversation about adoption of evidence. This trial was done at 6:40pm.
There were not many reporters as expectation on 5th trial. 7 Kmedia wrote total 9 news articles for 5th trial.
However, a ridiculous thing happened!!! As previous trials, examination of witnesses of 5th trial carried out in closed court. Fence was installed at hallway of outside of court to prevent from hearing in front of the door.
Around 5pm, 1st testimony was carrying on. A female reporter with long hair wearing gray parka pushed the pole of fence to the right and passed by the fence when no employee of court was present. Fans at the hallway complained about it, she said that she wants to see notice on the wall, and she did not move. A little later, an employee of court warned her, then she returned to her spot. What would have she done if no fan had been there? On 2nd trial, fence was not installed. A reporter placed her ear on the wall leaning against the wall right next to court door.
Why didn’t she wait for the trial until the end if it was true that she wanted to see the notice on the wall? Also, at least, she should have asked the employee to see the notice. She was so suspicious because she did not leave the hallway for a while. She had a few options to see the notice, but she crossed over the fence without consideration of fans’ watch.
This mishap about 5pm on Dec 1st is not simple incident, but it seems symbolic. Thus, it made us upset and bitter-ish.
In News Room, American drama series, a male main character (News anchor) tells a female gossip columnist in a party. Want to send the words to Korean reporters who distort and give biased reports against Yuchun.
“People shouldn’t be used for entertainment.”
Next trial will be held on Dec 8th.