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Posted by germainej AKP STAFF 26 days ago

Producers of 'Produce 101' season 2 reportedly cleared of fraud suspicions

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The producers of 'Produce 101' season 2 have reportedly been cleared of fraud.

According to insiders in the legal world on June 17, the reinvestigation into 'Produce 101' season 2, which produced the project group Wanna One, has come to an end. Prosecution confirmed there was in fact vote manipulation, but producers Ahn Joon Young and Kim Yong Bum were cleared of fraud suspicions. 

In December of 2019, the Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office revealed producing director Ahn Joon Young and chief producer Kim Yong Bum were facing charges of obstruction of business and fraud. Prosecution found votes had been manipulated for all 4 seasons of 'Produce 101' for which the two producers were charged with obstruction of business. However, they were charged for fraud for season 3 and 4 only. 

Though 'Produce 101' season 2 fans filed an appeal, the Seoul High Prosecutors Office has reportedly cleared them of fraud suspicions once again.

Producer Ahn and Kim were sentenced to 2 years in prison and 1 year and 8 months in prison, respectively for the charges they were indicted for in the first trial held last month. 

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bartkun9,252 pts 26 days ago 1
26 days ago

So it looks like insider info was true that not producers but people from different agencies and labels were voting from fake accounts to support their own trainees.

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Aga_C2,706 pts 26 days ago 1
26 days ago

He wasn't exactly 'cleared of fraud' they just admitted they didn't have enough to charge him.

'The prosecution found that in season two, Kim Yong Bum did manipulate the final votes from viewers that determined the members of the shows project group, however they came to the conclusion that it would be difficult to charge him with fraud.

Its been found that Kim Yong Bum manipulated the finales votes so that trainee A, who had been chosen by viewers to make the final group, was switched out for another trainee. The prosecution found that before the final vote, A told Kim Yong Bum, I dont want to debut. Therefore, when A ended up in the lineup to debut with the group, Kim Yong Bum manipulated the votes. The producers lawyer had previously stated this was the case during the first trial.'

(source: soompi)

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