Fallen K-pop star ordered to pay woman in sex assault case

Park Yoo-chun, a K-pop idol singer, arrives at the Suwon district court in Suwon, South Korea, on April 26, 2019. (Reuters photo)

Fallen South Korean K-pop star Park Yoo-chun has been ordered by a court in Seoul to compensate a woman who claimed the former boy band member sexually assaulted her.

The Mediation Centre of Seoul court recommended that Park, popularly known as Micky, pay 100 million won (2.5 million baht) to the victim.

The victim is among four women who reported Park for alleged sexual assault in 2016.

The order, which was first delivered after a mandatory mediation last month, came into effect after a two-week grace period and carries the same weight as a court ruling.

This is not the first of Park's legal troubles. Earlier this year, through a separate investigation in connection with South Korea's explosive Burning Sun sex scandal — which involved big names in K-pop including Big Bang singer-songwriter Seungri, former CEO of YG Entertainment Yang Hyun-suk, singers Jung Joon-young, Roy Kim, Choi Jong-hoon and several others — Park and his former fiancee Namyang Dairy Products heiress Hwang Ha-na, were arrested for illegal drug use after testing positive for methamphetamine.

In July, Park was sentenced to two years probation for drug use, and fined 1.4 million won.