Mnet’s ‘Produce 101’: Court to not reveal trainees helped by vote manipulation

After revealing the names who were bypassed by the Produce 101 for a brighter future, the court says it will not show the trainee’s names who triumphed in place of them.

It will be a long talk if we are to trace the story of the Produce 101 controversy from the beginning.

What is more important this time is the justice served to the victims of a talent search who dreamed but was cut-off by such disheartening plans.

After a train of discussions, the court served producer Ahn Joon Young and CP Kim Yong Beom prison terms.

By manipulating the Produce 101 series’s rankings during the first trial, they were convicted for fraud. Also, in an appeals trial, they were sentenced to prison.

The court’s verdict

The Seoul High Court, on November 18, sentenced producer Ahn and CP Kim to two years in prison.

At the same time, he was fined with 37 million KRW (~$33,400) and one year and eight months in jail. Respectively, maintaining their sentence from the first trial.

The court of appeals ruled that the original decision was justified. They stated that they had deceived the viewers who voted using paid text messages.

And though the final contestants were already decided, they still manipulated the votes.

Furthermore, producer Lee was fined 10 million KRW (~$9,000) for participating in the manipulation, the same as the first trial.

The innocent victims of fraud of “Produce 101”

After the vote manipulation, twelve trainees were wrongfully eliminated. The names of those who were unfairly disqualified include Kim Soo Hyun, Seo Hye Rim, Sung Hyun Woo, and Kang Dong Ho.

Other names mentioned by the court are Lee Ka Eun, Han Cho Won, Anzardi Timothee, Kim Kook Heon, Lee Jin Woo, Goo Jung Mo, Lee Jin Hyuk, and Geum Dong Hyun.

The court stated that CJ ENM/Mnet would have to make direct compensation and an apology.

The start of real payment is to reveal the fact that these trainees were unfairly eliminated. This is although material compensation is essential for the victims.

The court will still protect those who gained favor

Meanwhile, those who were helped by the manipulation will not be revealed by the appeals court.

As per the court, the trainees whose rankings were manipulated in favor were unaware of those facts. “There is a high possibility they might become scapegoats,” the court added.


Image courtesy of Mnet Official/YouTube Screenshot

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