A new proposed bill in the South Korean legislature would ban celebrities convicted of crimes related to drugs, sexual crimes, drunk driving, and gambling, among others, from appearing on television. At present the South Korean entertainment industry tends to shun persons convicted of such crimes of their own accord.
However, there are exceptions to this rule. Ju Ji-hoon is perhaps the most high profile example, as his drug conviction from ten years ago is barely remembered and has not recently impacted his career in any way. Lee Soo-geun, Shin Jung-hwan, and Tak Jae-hoon are other reasonably well-known performers who would be prevented from appearing due to past gambling convictions.
Lee Kyung-young was convicted of having sexual relations with a minor. Park Yoo-chun and Jung Suk-won have also been convicted of drug crimes. All of these names have varying levels of participation in South Korean entertainment today. Lee Kyung-young recently appeared in "Black Money", for example, but Park Yoo-chun's career never recovered from sexual assault allegations several years back.
Written by William Schwartz
Staff writer. Has been writing articles for HanCinema since 2012, having lived in South Korea since 2011. Started out in Gyeongju, then to Daegu, then to Ansan, then to Yeongju, then to Seoul, lived on the road for HanCinema's travel diaries series in the summer of 2016, and is currently settled in Anyang. Has good tips for utilizing South Korea's public bus system. William Schwartz can be contacted via email@example.com.
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