Reporter Yoon Sang-geun | 2023.05.27 06:00
Yang Hyun-suk, the legal representative of former YG Entertainment CEO, still seemed tough even in the appeal trial of the threat of retaliation. It was a sensitive reaction to the mention of her witness application to Seo-hee Han in the court, and it was a look to predict a war of words in the newspaper opposite Seo-hee Han in the future.
On the 24th, the Seoul High Court Criminal Division 6-3 held the second appeal trial for former CEO Yang Hyun-suk, who was charged with violating the Act on Aggravated Punishment for Specific Crimes (retaliation threats, etc.).
In August 2016, former CEO Yang Hyun-suk was indicted for attempting to end the investigation by conciliating and threatening public interest informant Han Seo-hee in connection with the allegation that B.I, then a member of YG’s group Icon, purchased and inhaled drugs. Yang Hyun-suk has consistently and repeatedly denied the claim that he called Han Seo-hee and said, “It’s not even a matter of killing you (in the entertainment industry).” They asked for a three-year prison term for former CEO Yang Hyun-suk.
However, in December 2022, the first trial court said, “To punish for threats of retaliation or coercion, the victim must be overturned in a state where freedom of speech is suppressed out of fear due to the defendant’s actions. There has not been enough proof that he caused fear in the victim,” he said with a sigh while acquitting former CEO Yang. In response, the prosecution submitted an appeal with the effect that “the first trial judge misrepresented the facts and interpreted the law,” and the first trial was completed on the 12th.
First, on the same day, Yang Hyun-suk’s legal representative asked for permission to change the arraignment and cited reasons such as infringement of the right to defense, but the court said, “We have decided to allow the request for a change in the arraignment.” Although the indictment was changed from threats of retaliation to coercion of statements, in the end, the purpose of Yang Hyun-suk’s statement, ‘It’s not even a matter of killing you (in the entertainment industry)’, can be seen as the main point of the legal dispute over the content.
Prosecutors said, “Yang Hyun-suk is YG’s largest shareholder, Mr. Kim is a former Big Bang road manager, and is the head of The Black Label’s management support office. He is in charge of managing major artists.” “As a method of inducing reversal, they exercised power without justifiable grounds. Mr. Kim, following Yang Hyun-suk’s instructions, brought in Han Seo-hee and used force to induce a reversal of his statement, condoning and aiding Yang Hyun-suk’s actions,” he said about the prosecution. In response, the lawyer denied the charges, saying, “There is no request for false statements and there is no exercise of force.”
As a result, while Han Seo-hee’s appearance as a witness in this appeal trial was confirmed, Yang Hyun-suk’s attorney still seemed to question Han Seo-hee’s words and attitude as well as the contents of her statement.
Already in the first trial, Han Seo-hee suddenly asked to change the date, saying that she was in poor physical condition on the day of the trial, and offended Yang Hyun-suk, who had already arrived at the court because he did not appear, and in the opposite interrogation with the lawyer, he made a somewhat comedic statement and an insincere attitude. When former CEO Yang Hyun-seok’s lawyer presented evidence that was different from the circumstances he claimed and made everyone frown, his words became longer or he continued to be ignorant, and he did not hesitate to say harsh words toward former CEO Yang Hyun-seok, but he was pointed out several times by the judge. was about (Han Seo-hee already has a history of uttering her swear words at the result of her own drug use trial sentence.)
On this day, the lawyer also said, “Looking at the contents of the statement, Han Seo-hee did not ask for money. He said he would submit a recorded file, and the prosecutor tried to bring Han Seo-hee’s cell phone, but it was not there. I didn’t even submit it. Looking at Han Seo-hee’s record, when I asked something, he kept telling me a different story. (The statement) I can’t believe it,” he emphasized. Then, when he insisted, “It is not appropriate for the prosecutor to apply as a witness for the defense attorney’s witness,” the judge replied, “It is to confirm, not to prejudge. It is to clarify the words and actions of Han Seo-hee under some circumstances.” .
At the end of the trial, the judge said, “On the next date, we will examine two witnesses, including Han Seo-hee,” to which the prosecution replied, “I think it’s right to do Han Seo-hee’s acquaintances first,” and that it would take about 20 to 30 minutes.
While there is a possibility of a confrontation, it is expected that a really fierce battle will continue in this appeal trial. The next date is scheduled for June 28th.
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