Rep. Kang Yong-seok
By Park Si-soo
Rep. Kang Yong-seok of the ruling Grand National Party (GNP) was sentenced to six months in prison suspended for one year for making lewd remarks to female collegians, a court said Wednesday.
He will lose his parliamentary seat if the sentence is confirmed by the Supreme Court.
“Any remarks from an incumbent legislator carry profound impact on listeners,” said Judge Jegal Chang at the Seoul Western District Court in the ruling, dismissing the lawmaker’s claims that the controversial remarks were made without the intention to verbally abuse anyone.
Kang was indicted earlier this year on charges of making sexually abusive remarks during a dinner with dozens of female students from Yonsei University in Seoul, portraying female TV presenters as prostitutes.
During the dinner, Kang told one of the students who hopes to become a TV presenter, “Do you know that you have to give ‘everything’ to become an announcer? You want to become an announcer despite this?”
He told another student who had once met President Lee Myung-bak with him, “Back then, the President was staring at you the entire time. Men are the same. We all like pretty girls.” He added “If the first lady wasn’t sitting right next to him, the President would have asked for your number.”
Kang was expelled from the ruling party in July last year for the remarks.
An administrative step to deprive him of his elected position is underway at the National Assembly.