A 28-year-old man has been sentenced to jail for impersonating a member of the popular K-pop group BTS and leaking unreleased music, according to reports. The man approached one of the producers from BigHit Music in 2022, posing as a BTS member, and obtained details of the group’s unreleased music. He was sentenced to one year and two months in prison.
BTS, consisting of members Jin, Suga, Jungkook, V, Jimin, J-Hope, and RM, has gained immense popularity since their debut in 2013. However, along with their fame, the group has also faced various challenges, including cyberbullying, physical attacks, and threats from stalkers.
In February 2022, the impersonator contacted a producer and deceived him into giving away the group’s activity information and unreleased music files. The imposter then publicly posted the music files on Instagram multiple times and shared them with acquaintances on a messaging app.
The impersonator’s lawyer pleaded for leniency, stating that the man turned to social media due to difficulties in maintaining relationships because of his past criminal records. The lawyer also revealed that the man studied music and committed the crime out of a desire to be like a famous student he had studied with.
The court sentenced the impersonator to one year and two months in prison, along with three years of probation and 240 hours of community service. The man was also ordered to attend 40 hours of mental and psychotherapy classes for rehabilitation.