Prosecutors have extended the detention period of a relative of Hwang Ui-jo, who is accused of distributing a sex video of the athlete and threatening him.
According to News1 on Tuesday, the Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office’s Women and Children’s Crime Investigation Division 1 (Deputy Chief Prosecutor Jang Hye-young) extended the detention deadline for A, who is suspected of violating the Special Act on Punishment of Sexual Offenses (intimidation and coercion using video footage), from the first to the 11th of next month.
The initial detention period for the suspect is 10 days. However, prosecutors can extend it once with court permission for up to 20 days.
Previously, Ahn was detained on June 16 on suspicion of sharing photos and videos exposing Hwang’s private life on social media, claiming to be his ex-girlfriend and threatening him.
Ahn is Hwang’s brother-in-law and reportedly accompanied him on overseas trips and acted as his de facto manager.
Police have confirmed that Mr. A is Hwang’s biological brother, and are currently investigating why he posted the videos and whether he threatened him. However, Hwang’s side reportedly expressed that he “does not want to be punished” during the review of Mr. A’s arrest warrant.
Hwang was first investigated on March 18 when his status was switched from complainant to suspect in the illegal filming allegations.
In a statement, Hwang claimed that “the video shows a woman who was in a relationship with Hwang in the past, but (the filming) was agreed upon between the lovers at the time”.
However, the victim’s legal representative countered, saying, “(The victim) never agreed to the filming and even though she expressed her intention to refuse, he ignored her and repeated the illegal filming.” 사설토토