South Korean Footballer’s Sister-In-Law Releases His Explicit Videos Pretending To Be Ex-Girlfriend, Jailed


South Korean footballer sister-in-law releases candid video of herself pretending to be ex-girlfriend, goes to jail

File photo of South Korean international Hwang Ui-jo© Twitter

The sister-in-law of South Korean international Hwang Ui-jo was sentenced to three years in prison on Thursday for posting private explicit videos of the footballer online and trying to blackmail him. The defendant, who has not been named, was accused of sharing videos on social media pretending to be an ex-girlfriend accusing him of infidelity. The release of the video sparked a separate police investigation into the Nottingham Forest striker into whether the sexual encounters were illegally filmed without consent. Hwang has denied the allegations and prosecutors have not yet formally or formally charged him.

The sister-in-law posted the videos “knowing that it would be disseminated indiscriminately,” the Seoul Central District Court said in a ruling, Yonhap news agency reported.

“This material has been widely distributed inside and outside of South Korea… the nature of his crime is very serious,” the court said.

The three-year sentence was one year less than what prosecutors had sought.

The defendant's admission of guilt and Hwang's plea for leniency were considered, the court said.

The defendant said in his final testimony, “I have caused great harm to the victims and I am deeply sorry for what I have done.”

Hwang, 31, who is on loan from Forest at Turkish club Alanyaspor, scored in a World Cup qualifier against Singapore in November.

But the Korea Football Association has suspended him from the national team pending the outcome of its investigation into alleged illegal filming.

The suspension kept him out of the Asian Cup in Qatar.

Hwang has scored 19 goals in 62 matches for South Korea.

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