[HanCinema's News] Kang Ji-hwan Returns to Jail Ahead of Sentencing
By William Schwartz | Published on
Kang Ji-hwan has been moved back to prison pending appeal. The terms of his sentence had already been announced - two and a half years prison time, commuted to three years probation, one hundred twenty hours of community service, and four hours of a sexual offender treatment program. He will also be forbidden from working near children for three years.
The charges stem from an incident in July where Kang Ji-hwan invited two female employees from his management company to his private residence. Kang Ji-hwan assaulted the two women, and was quickly taken into custody once a request for help was successfully sent to the police. The women had barred themselves inside a room of the house for their own protection.
Originally prosecutors had sought a three year sentence with internal rehabilitation programs to be conducted concurrently, with a five year requirement for the sexual offender treatment program and a five years ban of working with children. The court granted leniency to Kang Ji-hwan on account of his eventual confession, following an initial lie of a blackout, and a lack of evidence that the victims had been intentionally lured into a helpless state.
Public anger met this decision, and prosecutors have requested a second evaluation. It appears likely they will insist on some form of jail time.
Written by William Schwartz
Staff writer. Has been writing articles for HanCinema since 2012, having lived in South Korea since 2011. Started out in Gyeongju, then to Daegu, then to Ansan, then to Yeongju, then to Seoul, lived on the road for HanCinema's travel diaries series in the summer of 2016, and is currently settled in Anyang. Has good tips for utilizing South Korea's public bus system. William Schwartz can be contacted via email@example.com. He also has a substack at williamschwartz.substack.com where he discusses the South Korean film industry in broader terms and takes suggestions for future movies to review.