According to reports on September 12, singer/actress Hara's former ex-boyfriend Choi will be seeking an appeal trail regarding the Seoul District Court's initial ruling in his assault case.
Choi filed his appeal back on September 5 through his legal representative. Prosecutors have also requested an appeal in this trial against Choi, seeking a heavier sentence. Back on August 29, the Seoul District Court sentenced Choi to approximately a year and 6 months in prison, if he violates any additional laws during a probation period of 3 years. Choi was found guilty of crimes including property damages, physical assault, threatening, and unnecessary force. However, Choi was found not guilty of sexual assault in the form of illegal footage filming, on the basis that the victim knew of the existence of this footage, did not ask to delete the footage immediately after she learned of it, etc.
While Choi will be appealing his case in order to seek a lighter sentence, prosecutors will be seeking to charge Choi additionally for sexual assault. Legal insiders expect a rigorous trial process.