Updated May 31 KST:
TST (formerly known as TopSecret)’s agency JSL Company has issued a statement following the news about Kyeongha being sentenced for violating the Act of Juvenile Sex Protection.
The statement is as follows:
“Hello. This is TST’s agency JSL Company.
“To everyone who has supported TST, we express our sincere apologies for evoking criticism.
“Kyeongha’s sentence that was revealed through the media is true. On May 24, he received a prison sentence of 1 year and 6 months which is suspended for 3 years. A second trial appeal has been submitted and there are plans to continue to appeal until the end.
“In addition, all future official scheduled events and promotions, including the planned appearance on Mnet’s ‘M!Countdown’ today, have been halted and we will be focusing on solving this issue.
“When Kyeongha’s issue has finished, we will release a statement again. We express our apologies once again. We are sorry.”
Updated May 31 KST:
Following reports that Kyeongha from TST was charged with violating the Act of Juvenile Sex Protection, the group’s upcoming appearance on Mnet’s “M!Countdown” has been cancelled.
On May 31, a source from Mnet stated, “TST was included on the lineup for the upcoming episode of ‘M!Countdown’ until May 30. However, after speaking to their agency to confirm the reports, we have come to the agreement to not have TST appear today.”
TST member Kyeongha has been charged with violating the Act of Juvenile Sex Protection.
On May 31, it was reported that Lee Kyeongha (“Lee”) had received a prison sentence of one year and six months, with a probation period of three years, as well as 40 hours of a treatment program for sexual offenders. He was charged with committing an indecent act by force or compulsion against one of his same-aged peers, “A,” in December 2014. The sentence was handed down by the courts on May 24.
Further details of the case state that Lee had admitted to feeling sexual desire for “A” while walking along the street with her, and when “A” ran away, he followed her to the first floor of a building and sexually assaulted her. Afterwards, he reportedly admitted to the act and apologized, but changed his attitude after he debuted as an idol last year.
“A” posted the story to Facebook last year, but when TST’s agency denied the allegations, “A” filed a formal accusation against Lee in April 2017.
Lee and his agency did not immediately obey the ruling handed down by the court last week and filed an appeal on May 29. A source representing Lee stated, “We continue to deny the allegations and intend to continue promoting as usual, so that is why we lodged the appeal.”
TST recently made a comeback on May 23.
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