Top Actress Ok So-ri Gets Jail Term for Adultery

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Famed Korean actress 옥소리 / Ok So-ri has been convicted of the crime of adultery, in a medieval parody of modern justice.

She was found to have had sex with a man other than her husband, and for this has been given an 8 month prison sentence, with the courts expressing “leniency” in light of the fact her marriage was previously strained.

An 18 month term, close to the maximum sentence of two years, was sought by her vengeful husband. Her partner in the adulterous liaison has also been handed a prison term.

Ok So-ri (39), a Korean star of no small repute, was said to have met her male friend (38) on three occasions in 2006, and this was discovered by her husband, also a celebrity. She apparently blamed her infidelity on a loveless marriage.

The incensed cuckold instigated the prosecution of the pair, as well as initiated divorce proceedings against his unfaithful wife.

The case soon became a media sensation in Korea, with the husband demanding no less than an 18 month prison sentence for his wife, but the courts considered that there were “extenuating circumstances”:

“At that time, the relationship of trust between husband and wife was already broken, and the husband bears no small responsibility considering his reckless spending and late homecomings.”

The adulteress received an 8 month prison sentence, and her partner a 6 month sentence, both suspended for 2 years, meaning they may be able to avoid actual imprisonment.

She had previously challenged the constitutionality of the 1953 anti-adultery laws, but the Korean courts rejected her appeal, holding that “society would be harmed” by any loosening of the laws.

Custody over the couple’s 8-year-old daughter has been awarded to the father.

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Via Sankei.

Whilst it may be a leading nation in Internet connectivity and dog cuisine, in certain respects Korea clearly remains rather backward.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    23:49 18/12/2008 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Okay Sorry?

    Comment by Chosunator
    20:15 18/12/2008 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    South Korea didn't really become a true democracy until the late 1980s. The early postwar S. Korean administrations were technically democratic, but in reality little more than dictatorships. They've made great advances since them, but there are still all sorts of backwards stuff still deeply entrenched. Which is one reason why contemporary S. Korean mass political demonstrations still tend to be quite violent and spirited, like Japanese political demonstrations twenty or thirty years ago.

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    Comment by Artefact

    dsl254-122-*.nyc1.dsl.speakeasy.net

    Comment by Chris
    11:57 20/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wow it's really samefag in here. This comment page needs a lot less 216.254.122.87 imo

    Anyway, completely disregarding how one feels about adultery, it's not something that should be illegal.

    Can you get a divorce in S.Korea without a really good reason to (aka, love is gone, etc)? If so, she should have done that before banging another guy.

    The husband pressing charges in the matter makes him come off as quite the douche. "BAWWWWWWWW MY WIFE CHEATED ON ME, I'M GOING TO GET HER PUT IN PRISON AS PAYBACK!". Real honourable.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:53 17/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, it's better than go berserk and kill them both. I don't know whether it's a good or bad thing to have those laws, but it certainly keeps the violence levels low.

    After seeing cruelty to animals in their protests, I think this kind of law is the only thing stopping them from degenerating into a "stone the whore" culture.

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    Comment by Artefact

    "Chosunator" asked me nicely to remove his IP from the thread whilst offering an account which at least showed some coherent writing ability.

    I trust these proceedings are closed and we can return to arguing about Aya Hirano's tremendous girth...

    Comment by cortana
    23:14 20/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Damn. I never thought I'd see a religious-fundamentalist troll on Sankaku. Amazing!

    Comment by Office Lady
    20:51 26/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Frankly speaking, i feel so sorry for her. But given her situation a marriage life without sex and love is a terrible one, i have met other guys outside marriage as well so i guess it all depends on how each person views it. Not sure if Singapore has such harsh rules but of course i am not encouraging such incidents.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:17 04/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ok So-ri: "OK, sorry."

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:52 30/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    for all racist fuckers, go and rot in hell as disobeying religion by taht already

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:31 14/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    now if only america had the same rules for women, there would be a lot less women thinking about marriage. or a lot more sluts in jail.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:49 31/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    If America had those laws for men and women there wouldent barely be any people left to run the country.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:49 29/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    My kukkiwon certificates have been tainted with fascism for many years.

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    Comment by Imyou
    13:25 01/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Actually, this sounds great to me, unless South Korea doesn't allow divorce?

    Marriage is basically a contract, right? Both parties agree to enter into it willfully, and agree to adhere to the terms set out in it. It's very very simple to keep those terms. You might say it's a matter of basic civility.

    So if she wanted to cheat with this guy, she should have filed for divorce, and at least STARTED proceedings before switching guys. To do otherwise is like attacking without declaring war.

    Maybe it's just me, but that seems like common sense. If I cheat on someone while married, please give me the same sentence. The thing about marriage is... it's an obligation not to have extramarital affairs. If people are going to cheat anyway, marriage means nothing.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:00 03/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Seems this would just people want to NOT marry rather than make them fear adultery.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:52 06/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    If you already plan on sleeping with other people from the get-go, your intentions appear less than pure and your promises false.

    Comment by Avery
    16:48 06/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Whilst it may be a leading nation in Internet connectivity and dog cuisine, in certain respects Korea clearly remains rather backward."

    I find this comment pretty laughable, it derides values other than its own as backwards. That aside this isn't about religion or culture or anything other than the fact that the law existed and it appears not to have been some obscure unknown fact. She got what she deserved because she knew the law and chose to break it, all actions have consequences fair or unfair. It is the equivilant of sticking your hand in a fire and then complaining you got burnt, far as I am concerned 1st you're an idiot for doing it and second maybe the burn will teach you a lesson you so obviously need. If you dislike the law instead of breaking it work within the system to change it.

    Comment by hurr
    18:26 22/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    so does this mean korean porn stars cant get married?

    thats kind of sad. or is it just because one party feels betrayed so they can just press charges for revenge

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:09 20/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I am astonished by the racism and bigotry that seems to be encouraged by the staff here.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:06 11/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Gods, fundamental rights, when's someone going to bring up the tooth fairy? All the same.

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    Comment by XSportSeeker
    01:11 19/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    One has to wonder if the treatment would be the same if the husband was the one cheating...

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:12 09/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Too bad she didn't hire a detective to trail his ass before she decided to have a little on the side. She would most likely still have the kid.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:02 19/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    I know i'm jumping in late in this thing, but yes, in terms of the letter of the law the same thing could happen to the husband if the situation were reversed.

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    Comment by Artefact

    Late?

    I think he was referring to factors outside the strict legal aspects of the case...

    Comment by Shimu
    08:00 19/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Haha, srsly.

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    Comment by Onni
    01:23 19/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    What the Fuck?

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    Comment by dmil666
    01:39 19/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    I am surprised. I had no idea that Korea was so socially backward. I wonder if they still use a ducking stool.

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    Comment by Miroku74
    02:16 19/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yep. They left it not far from Ye Olde Pillory for convenience sake ^^.

    Comment by athens
    22:40 18/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Anyone this dirty slut got what she deserved.

    No mercy for sluts!

    Comment by Dorian Cornelius Jasper
    19:22 04/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Dude, you're such a slut.

    Comment by Joe
    23:07 18/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    man you crazy

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:20 19/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    agreed. Not that it's the government's job but adultery is immoral. It should be punished by God or Karma or lie detector tests on the Maury show whichever of the three you believe in, but not the government.

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    Comment by snakechimera
    20:27 18/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    ah Korea, land of Plastic Surgery

    Comment by JockeII
    20:22 18/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Lol one could think that they are all disgusting muslims or something.

    Comment by Joe
    23:05 18/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well aren't you just a massive nob.

    Comment by Berurin
    04:38 19/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hate religion. Religion is only a massive sect.

    Comment by Chosunator
    20:42 18/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Actually, S. Korea has a large Christian population. They're not very keen on Muslims there.

    Comment by JockeII
    20:52 18/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    It doesn't matter when they reason as muslims.

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    Comment by Artefact

    I'm not sure why you think either I or the Australian PM are Chinese...

    Comment by TerrawindX2
    16:50 01/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm Buddhist (which is basically atheistic in nature, therefore I do not involve myself in this pointless religious bickering), I live In Malaysia, which happens to be an Islamic Country, with no bombings, and Hindus, Muslims, Christans and Buddhist live so closely together. And all of the Muslims that I know basically hate war and love peace, and only follow the good interpretations of the Koran, and are fascinated by Christians. The bombers in 9/11 were DEVIANTS.

    Its idiotic obsessed Christians like Jockell that had caused me to have a profound stigma against Christianity, a religion that once I admired and loved.

    Go ahead and follow the book. Thousands of years of misprinting and misinterpretation. The Bible was once in Hebrew, and was sadly mistranslated into English. The Ten Commandments was actually the Ten Commitments. Big difference.

    I have also seen other religious people following their Bible/Koran/Book so closely that they seem to fall short on reality.

    I do not judge a person by their religion. I judge a person by their personality. A person with a foul personality but a strong religious belief is still a foul person.

    Tell me now, Jockell. Have you ever met a Muslim? Have you ever met many Muslims? Have you ever met any Muslims from my country? have you even read the Koran? If you haven't and yet you claim them to be animals, then it's sad to say that you do not deserve to be Christian yourself, for I do not recognise you as one, who is supposed to be full of love, joy, and forgiveness, and with sanity.

    Oh, and by the way, I'm Chinese. So is Danny Choo. So is Artefact too I believe. So is the Prime Minister of Australia. Do you want us dead? Learn to watch your words before making such remarks. You may very well understand that the pen is mightier than the sword; swing it the wrong way and you'll stabbed by a thousand more pens. Your egoistic and indifference is a flaw, not a strong advantage. It's not our fault your words are easily misinterpreted.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:52 19/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Jockell is free to tell us whatever he wants, and we are free to tell him that he's being stupid. Let freedom ring!

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:45 19/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    The bible was written by ~~~~MAN~~~~. End of story. It's inherently flawed. Anyone that translates it either literally or metaphorically is wrong. There is no -one- correct translation or interpretation. Deal with it. Stop arguing about it and let Jockell believe what he/she wants. The beauty of...freedom?

    Comment by JockeII
    12:11 19/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    It isn't an interpretation really, if you know the Bible it really says so in all translations. This is what is taught in Swedish schools in Religion history, which in the first course you study Jews, Christians and Muslims. They are called the Abrahamitian religions, which might be correct in history but while jews and christians accept each other (at least christians), we do not accept muslims.

    The only thing that might differ in different translations is if Rachel was a slave or a servant and the ages of Ismael and Isaac (very debated, at least by muslims).
    Newer translations of the Bible often go a little softer with things like these, but worth mentioning is also that many newer translations actually doesn't have christians but rather non-believers translating them. Which is very wrong, because then they make it to fit society rather than writing things which might offend non-christian people.

    And I admit that what I say might be rather harsh, but that is just because of my very egoistic and indifferent personality.
    In the end, it is all up to God.
    And christiany is the only sane religion really, because it is all a matter of belief. You do not need anything else than belief. Of course you should not sin, but it is forgiven by christ on the cross and in the end all you need is belief and the wish to not sin (even if it is inevitable in some cases).

    Yikes, quite hard writing long texts with a bit too much wine in the body. Should not drink an entire flask while watching anime. >_<

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    Comment by Artefact

    Several of the anons here are dsl254-122-*.nyc1.dsl.speakeasy.net, and nice try on the "sometimes it screws up line".

    The whole "leaving the ministry" interchange is one person (dsl254-122-087.nyc1.dsl.speakeasy.net) talking to himself.

    You need several IPs from across the world to do this convincingly 216.254.122.*, "Chosunator".

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:33 31/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I thought Hagar was a comic strip character?

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:36 29/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I though Hagar was Zarcon's witch?

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:56 08/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Rachel isn't the name of the Abraham's slave. It's Hagar.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:30 19/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sometimes the random avatar generator screws up. It seems to be happening in this entire thread, not just to the two or three people in this argument.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:30 07/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    funny that so many Christians, and just some people in general, wish for the death of all muslims because they think their religion is telling them to kill all of THEM. You're just becoming exactly the same as the thing you're saying to hate! lol

    It's funny that so many hate/fear the religious zealots on the other side of the world when we have a bunch of equally crazy nuts in our own backyards, just with less power... at the moment at least.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    10:32 19/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    So, er.. doesn't it look A BIT suspicious when two or three assumed persons argue with eachother even though they have the same avatar?

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    Comment by Artefact

    The bible was written before Islam even existed. You need to either study more, or craft your trolls more convincingly.

    Whatever the case, please save your tedious religious bickering for a more appropriate venue.

    Comment by stefand
    01:00 19/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    "I am a christian and I want to see the painful death of every muslim on this planet."

    Wow, what a great statement. You just gotta love those religion guys.

    Perhaps you should re-read the collected works of your boss sometimes, he has made some statements about "love" and "enemies" there.

    Comment by JockeII
    23:48 18/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    I am a christian and I want to see the painful death of every muslim on this planet.

    So no, don't mention us in the same sentence. Jews and christians don't want to know of the muslims as an abrahamit religion and in the bible it says that muslims are more animal than man, with a donkey as example.
    Not to mention that the historic national poet Dante places Muhammed in the 8th circle of Hell in his famous work Divina Commedia.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:45 18/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Meh muslims and christians. All the same when it comes backwards thinking.

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    Comment by linkinstreet
    01:30 19/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ignorant religious zealots, don't you just love them? And yes, you are ignorant Jockell, and you are a disgrace to the Abrahamian based religion worshippers out there

    Comment by Chosunator
    21:21 18/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Islam and Christianity are both Judaic-derived religions, so there's really quite a lot of common ground between them.

    Comment by Berurin
    02:38 19/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Shut all up and don't believe in any of this shit xD

    Comment by kareal
    07:45 19/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    what the fuck people, why spend so much damn effort if you don't care \(/____\)/ you guys need to learn to TAKE IT FUKKEN EASY.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:58 19/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Leaving the ministry was a very hard decision for me. Even more so due to the fact that my family came from a long line of pastors. Believe me, I wrestled so much with the guilt that I was abandoning the church to the growing ranks of those filled with hate. But ultimately, I had to accept that the actual worldly institution of the church does not matter. As long as there are people who follow the message of love, mercy, and universal brotherhood, the true spirit of the church will live on in their lives.

    I might have just been trying to rationalize my decision to leave, but I found Revelations 21:22-23 to be relevant to my situation:
    "I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp."

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:35 19/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    There's all sorts of stupid biblical interpretations like that. Another example is how people used the story of Noah and his son Ham to justify enslaving black people.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:35 19/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    "It’s because of people like Jockell that I left the ministry."

    It's too bad you (and the majority of Christians who think like you) left the ministry- it means the only people left are people like Jockell. This means that Christianity will be lead by angry, stupid, and ultimately pitiful creatures: instead of following Jesus's words of peace, they would rather nuke people God CHOSE to make into a nation, meaning they think they know better than Jesus Himself. A sad end to a meaningful religion.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:02 19/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Afaik, christianity belief in sin isnt the action itself but the thought.
    You want to indiscriminately kill of a couple of million human beings, and yes, they are human beings no matter their belief.

    Guess what, you're not a christian, you are a man/woman/thing that wants attention so you go and post some random shit about muslims as a comment on Korean's and their backway laws (wich actually exist to some extent in US too, just not as extreme)

    //Anon, of the belief that God is a pink invisible unicorn, with three eyes

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    Comment by Artefact

    This is an interesting scriptural interpretation, and one I was entirely unaware of. It does seem a little unusual though...

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:50 19/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's because of people like Jockell that I left the ministry.

    Comment by JockeII
    06:35 19/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    No, I am not ignorant. I am just indifferent. If there are people that I hate, I would rather have them dead. Simple as that. I hate the Russians too, and communists like the chinese.

    And Artefact...LOL. I won't go for it too much since you run this great site, but if you know your religion history you would know how the islamic people came to be. Remember Abraham (the muslims call him Ibrahim)? His wife couldn't get pregnant and he was allowed to make a child with one of his slaves, Rachel, which he did. But then God let his wife become pregnant even though she was too old. And because Rachel and her child, Ismael, were not happy with a real heir, Isaac, replacing Ismael they got sent away after treating Isaac ill.
    And just when Rachel were about to kill herself and Ismael because they were pretty much dying in the desert, God stopped her and told her that Ismael would be the father of a people larger than the amount of stars in the sky and also that they would be more animal than man, refering to a donkey.
    And what people is that? You guess... (the muslims approve of this too, so nothing to argue about)

    I don't care what your belief is but this is a fact that it says so in the Bible. Doesn't it fit quite well with how they behave? They all act like animals, got no self-restraint, has the stubborness of a donkey and seem to completly lack the IQ of an intelligent human being.

    A few well-aimed nuclear bombs in the middle-east and Africa and we are on our way to my ideal world. Lolz.

    Comment by BZou
    05:49 19/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    wth is with that Jockell, I am not muslim myself but still what you said is extremely messed up man.

    Wtf does religion have to do with anything?

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:20 21/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    -religion is outdated.
    -most muslims i know live strictly based on their religions.
    -it's very hard to reason with religious people. if you could reason with them, there would be no religious people.
    -since it is hard to reason with them (especially muslims), jockwell proposes to eliminate them.
    -the only problem here is, after you eliminate them, the next guys on the list would be christians. Jockwell is a christian.
    -that is why i stopped being a christian. that way, i could avoid dying if someone decides to massacre religious people or members of religious sects. that and i stopped believing in gods, jesus, imaginary friends, and fairy tales a long time ago.





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