One controversy in the K-pop industry that took fans by storm was the one involving rapper Osshun Gum aka Choi Ha-min who was accused of molesting a child in April 2022. The charges against the rapper were initially anonymized, but as soon as his conversations in which Osshun confessed to the crimes were posted online, fans finally confirmed it was him after all. Now, months after initial reports against the rapper, the case is closed but general K-pop fans are not happy with the sentence.
On June 22, the Jeonju District Court sentenced 23-year-old rapper Osshun Gum (born Choi Hamin) for violating the Special Cases Law regarding the suppression of crimes of sexual violence. The rapper was sentenced to probation for indecent assault on a minor under the age of 13 with a suspended sentence of 1 year and 6 months in prison. With this sentence, K-pop fans who have listened to his music in the past call on Korean laws not to hold sexual offenses accountable in the same way that other non-serious crimes in the past have been punished.
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In addition to probation, Osshum was sentenced to treatment for mental illness for two years and was told to complete a 40-hour sexual abuse treatment program. Not only that, but he was also banned from employment in child and youth-related organizations and social welfare institutions for the disabled for three years. Instead of his actions, the court said: “The defendant touched the buttocks of a child walking with his parents, and given that no agreement has been reached with the victim to date, a severe punishment is inevitable.
The court then added that the final sentence was decided taking into account that the defendant reflected on all his crimes and that he found the victim when he was in a state of mental and physical weakness with a disorder. emotional bipolar and that he had committed the crime accidentally. In his closing argument, Osshum said, “I would once again like to sincerely apologize for hurting the victims and their families.”
When his scandal was made public last month, the rapper posted on his Instagram with the caption: “I am sorry for the victim. I recognized that all these events were caused by my sick mind and I received treatment at the hospital. I am currently on medication and recovering. I apologize for the embarrassment caused to our fans.”
“SK’s laws are really screwed up”
Meanwhile, Osshun Gum aka Choi Ha-min, born in 1999, rose to fame when he was named the first runner-up of Mnet’s rap show, “High School Rapper” Season 1 in 2017. In January of the Last year, his exclusive contract with the hip-hop label Just Music (Lynch Pin Music), run by rapper Swings, ended, and he continued his solo activities without being under any label. Shortly after, in June 2021, Osshun was taken to court for inappropriately touching a 9-year-old minor in Busan.
Fans are speaking out against South Korean laws that let a sexual predator get away with a short sentence while other artists served worse sentences for harmless crimes like smoking marijuana. One fan said, “It’s really sad though…” Another fan asked, “ONLY 18 MONTHS?” One fan said: “This country loves giving offenders his suspended sentence and probation when they should be locked up in jail! They really deserve a place in hell and I feel so bad for all the victims his who is abuser still gets a slap on the wrist praying for this child’s mental state.”
Another fan said, “1 year 6 months in jail. For molesting a child.” One fan said, “Just 18 months…” Another fan said, “SK laws are so screwed up.” One fan said, “Only 1 year and 6 months to traumatize a child for life??? Russian sexual abuse laws are a joke.” A fan said: “Only a year for pedophilia??” One fan said: “THIS IT??? this is fucking disgusting.”
This country loves giving offenders a suspended sentence and probation when they should be locked up in jail! They truly deserve a place in hell and I feel so bad for all the SA victims whose abuser still gets a slap on the wrist praying for that kid’s mental state https://t.co/K7JB3ATfV0
— KOKO✨ONLINE ✨ (@sunny_nonie) June 23, 2022