"We can't imagine the pain the victims might have felt who found out later", added Kang. The court disagreed, citing incriminating testimony and other evidence, and saying both stars joked about drugging and raping women in the chatroom.
K-pop star Jung Joon-young arrives to attend a hearing on his arrest warrant at the Seoul central district court in Seoul on March 21, 2019.
Jung, in his defence, said she was not intoxicated and they had consensual sex.
At least ten women were victims, found to be engaging in sex acts against their consent, and/or while they were unaware they were or unable to consent to being filmed, according to media reports.
Friday´s verdict came just days after the death of Goo Hara, a former member of girl group Kara, in an apparent suicide after she was blackmailed. The pair will also need to undergo 80 hours of sexual violence treatment education and are banned from working with children.
And now, eight months later, it's determined he and Choi will spend a few years' each in prison to atone for some of the horrors that they've perpetrated upon innocent women.
"Based on these, the court has ruled that Jung and Choi have together raped women who could not resist because they were too drunk". "Jung and Choi are singers who have enjoyed huge popularity".
"I deeply regret my foolishness and I feel great remorse", he said, according to BBC News.
The identities of the victims were suppressed to protect their privacy.
Earlier this month prosecutors had pushed a judge to sentence Jung to seven years for his role in the scandal that has rocked the South Korean entertainment industry.
The sentence for Jung is two years less than what prosecutors demanded; the court agreed with the prosecution on Choi.
Lee Seung-hyun, a former member of K-pop group Big Bang and known by the stage name Seungri, is also on trial over accusations he paid for prostitutes for foreign businessmen to drum up investment in his business. He quit the group, and the entertainment industry, as the sex video scandal erupted in March.