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S.Korea lawmaker sentenced over lewd remarks

25 may 2011, 18:48
South Korean TV announcers. ©Reuters
South Korean TV announcers. ©Reuters
A South Korean lawmaker who allegedly said the country's female broadcasters should be willing to offer sex to advance their careers was Wednesday given a six-month suspended jail sentence, AFP reports.

A group of female TV announcers had filed a lawsuit alleging that Kang Yong-Seok, 41, was guilty of defamation, a criminal offence in South Korea, after making lewd remarks.

Kang reportedly made the comments while drinking with a group of female students last year.

"TV broadcasters have to serve (their seniors) with all they have. Do you think you yourself can do that?" he reportedly told one student who expressed her wish to become a broadcaster.

The remarks, reported by a local newspaper, sparked public anger and Kang was expelled from the conservative ruling Grand National Party. Parliament's ethics committee will vote Monday on a move to oust him from parliament.

The Seoul Western District Court sentenced Kang to six months in jail, suspended for a year, saying his position as a lawmaker meant his comments would have greater weight with the public.

"There is ample possibility of general viewers, whenever they see TV broadcasters on screen, recollecting and linking these remarks to them," it said in a ruling.

Kang's lawyers said they would appeal.

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