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Sunday, June 26, 2011

Will Big Bang’s Daesung Go To Jail?

It’s been almost a full month since Korea and the world of K-pop was hit with the news that Big Bang‘s Daesung was involved in a deadly car crash on the night of May 31.
Earlier today, police released the shocking results of their investigation at a press conference. Their conclusion? Daesung is responsible for the death of the motorcyclist.

Prior to contact with Daesung’s car, the motorcylist drove into a lamppost and was on the ground suffering severe injuries to his face, neck, and back.
According to autopsy results, the motorcyclist had been driving with a blood alcohol level of 0.186% (The legal limit is 0.05%).
Security footage from the taxi’s black box camera revealed that a mere 132 seconds later, Daesung’s car ran over the motorcyclist, dragging him 28.8 meters from where he had been lying.
Daesung was driving between 10 to 20 km over the speed limit and was not under the influence of alcohol.
Police have named Daesung the main cause of the motorcyclist’s death, due to their belief that the motorcyclist could not have died in the two minutes between hitting the lamppost and being run over by Daesung’s car.

“We have come to the conclusion that at the time of the accident, Daesung neglected to look forward to see the injured motorcyclist on the road, which caused multiple damages leading to the motorcyclist’s death at the scene [source].

And with that, they have handed the case over to prosecutors and recommended Daesung’s indictment. Legal consequences range from a jail sentence of no more than five years to a 20 million won (~20,000 US dollars).
So what does this mean? Will Daesung have to go to jail?
It’s pure speculation on my part, but I’m leaning towards a (very hopeful) no. Previous reports by Korean media referenced legal experts who revealed that in past similar situations (celebs and non-celebs alike), the guilty party was sentenced with probation and a hefty fine, but no real jail time.
Yonhap News spoke with Yang Hyun Suk, CEO of YG Entertainment, who said that Daesung will accept moral responsibility and follow all legal procedures. As would be expected, all of Daesung’s activities have temporarily been halted.
G-Dragon, TOP, Seungri, and Taeyang will be performing without Daesung at the Big Bang mini-concert in Gangnam-gu, Seoul on the 25th. According to YG Entertainment reps, the mini-concert, along with a few other scheduled activities will proceed without Daesung, in order to keep the promise made with Big Bang fans. Aside from those promotions, the future of the other members’ activities is unclear. Looks like Big Bang’s break after their Japanese tour is getting an open-ended extension…
Even if Daesung isn’t sentenced to jail time, don’t expect to see him on the television screens anytime soon. Not that netizens would ever sit by and let that happen. He’ll definitely be laying low for a long period of time, unless some broadcasting station suddenly decides to pick up Daesung’s drama “What’s Up,” which completed its filming earlier this year. Which they probably won’t. And if it does air, it’ll just be pre-recorded episodes of a happy-go-lucky carefree version of Daesung who has no idea what’s about to happen to him… I don’t think I could handle watching that.
K-pop fans are already mourning the unfortunate fate of Korea’s hottest boy band and are nervously waiting to see how this unbelievable state of affairs will play out. What worries fans the most is how Daesung will deal with the emotional fallout from the accident