Jung Joon Young and Choi Jong Hoon have denied charges of aggravated rape at a pre-trial hearing on June 27 in Seoul.
The preparatory hearing determines how a trial will go forward based on statements from both prosecution and defence. Choi Jong Hoon and Jung Joon Young were present at the hearing, as were others identified as members of the KakaoTalk chatroom.
Aggravated rape refers to rape that involves two or more perpetrators; Choi Jong Hoon is charged with two different cases of aggravated rape while Jung Joon Young has one charge along with a charge for violating the Special Act on Punishment of Sexual Crimes.
When Jung Joon Young's legal representative referred to his client's charges of aggravated rape relating to March 20, 2016, he stated: "We admit that there was sexual intercourse, but it is not true that he had planned with the defendants to quasi-rape an unspecified woman. Because she was not unconscious and there was mutual agreement, we deny the charges".
They also stated that the KakaoTalk messages that have been revealed were edited and that an investigator's bias played a part. Jung Joon Young had previously admitted to all charges during the first pre-trial hearing in May.
Meanwhile, Choi Jong Hoon admitted to being there when the alleged rape took place, but denied the charges stating that he didn't engage in sexual intercourse. According to his legal representative, the idol doesn't remember the events well, and while he remembers meeting the victim, he didn't engage in any harassing behaviour.
His lawyer also stated: "Our stance is that it is safe to say that he did not have sexual intercourse with the victim considering the details of how the victim attended the gathering and entered the hotel and also considering the KakaoTalk messages".
The next hearing is scheduled to take place on July 16.
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