After a year-long legal battle, Kang Ji Hwan was found guilty of sexual assault. The Supreme Court sentenced actor Kang Ji Hwan (the legal name is Cho Tae Kyu) to a suspended sentence of 3 years for sexually assaulting and sexually harassing two female staff members.
On November 5, the Supreme Court rejected the appeal filed by Kang Ji Hwan on the day of sentencing and confirmed the original ruling that sentenced him to two and a half years in prison with a three-year suspended sentence.
Kang was arrested and put on trial on July 9 last year on charges of sexually assaulting and harassing two female staff who were sleeping in a room after a company party at his home.
The trial continued for a year. In the first trial, Kang was found guilty of sexual assault and sexual harassment and was issued a three-year suspended sentence, 120 hours of social work and 40 hours of counseling. Both Kang and the prosecution appealed, leading to the second trial at the high court. Kang’s lawyer tried to turn the tables by producing evidence such as security camera footage and messages the victims shared with her acquaintance on the day of the incident, but was still found guilty.