Actress Sung Hyun Ah 성현아 enters first trial for charges of alleged prostitution
Back in December, it was revealed that prosecutors were investigating a celebrity prostitution ring, which led to wide speculation and rumors about which celebrities were involved. Many names were cleared when the prosecution revealed that with the exception of one person, whom they could not confirm for the public at the time, the others involved were not top name celebrities but rather celebrity hopefuls or those who appeared once on a show on a cable.
It turned out that one name that the prosecution withheld previously was Sung Hyun Ah, who was the second runner up of Miss Korea back in 1994 and has since been active as an actress. She was indicted back in December by the prosecution, and with her requesting a formal trial to fight her charges, the first trial was held on the 19th. It appears witnesses will be questioned in order to uncover the truth regarding actress Sung Hyun Ah‘s supposed connection to the prosecution ring at a following trial to be held in the following month.
According to legal circles on February 19, Judge Choi Jae Won of the Suwon District Court’s Ansan Branch brought up two key figures, A and B, as witnesses in Sung Hyun Ah’s first trial. The court has decided that these two people were deeply implicated in this situation and would therefore be key witnesses.
Sung Hyun Ah is accused of allegedly receiving money from a business man with whom she had sexual relations. According to the prosecutors, she had met up with the man three times for sexual intercourse from February to March of 2010 for a total of 50 million KRW (~ 47,000 USD).
South Korean actress and former Miss Korea Sung Hyun Ah 성현아 Nude Photo
Sung Hyun-ah (born July 23, 1975) is a South Korean actress and former Miss Korea.
Sung Hyun-ah placed second runner-up (or third place) at the Miss Korea pageant in 1994. She was the country’s representative at the 1994 Miss International pageant, where she was a semi-finalist and won Miss Photogenic.
Sung made her acting debut in Salut D’Amour, and continued to appear in TV dramas such as See and See Again (also known as Can’t Take My Eyes Off You), Should My Tears Show, Hur Jun, One Day Suddenly, Bad Woman, Good Woman, Yi San, and Flames of Desire. She also released an EP in 2004 titled Turn It Up under the name A.One.
But Sung became best known for her strong, sexy roles in films such as Hong Sang-soo’s Woman is the Future of Man, Kim Tae-eun’s The Intimate, and Kim Ki-duk’s Time. She also appeared in The Scarlet Letter and The Customer Is Always Right. In 2007 Sung won the Best Actress award from the Malaga International Fantastic Film Festival in Spain, for her role in the horror film Cello.
No stranger to controversy, Sung was caught for using the drug ecstasy in 2002, and previously published a book containing nude photographs of herself. In 2006, a dispute broke out between Sung and the producers of the movie The Intimate when she protested against their marketing strategy to emphasize only the nude scenes. Sung said, “I filmed the nude scenes to make a good movie. I can’t bear to see that such scenes are being used as tools for promotion. I am not an actress who undresses and tumbles about for no reason.” She declared that from then on, she would avoid nude scenes altogether.
She married businessman Heo Eun-gyo on December 9, 2007 at the Paradise Hotel in Busan. After she and Heo divorced in 2010, Sung remarried three months later and gave birth to a son in 2012.
In December 2013, Sung was indicted on charges of prostitution, for allegedly receiving ₩50 million from a businessman surnamed Chae with whom she met up three times for sexual intercourse in 2010. She countersued to prove her innocence. In August 2014, the court dismissed Sung’s request for a full trial and ruled that she was guilty of prostitution; she was sentenced to a fine of ₩2 million (US$1,930).