BTS Imposter Sentenced to Prison After Obtaining, Leaking Unreleased Music
BTS are globally beloved for their music, so it's understandable that fans want to hear as much of it as possible. However, one man went to some wild lengths to obtain access to BTS' unreleased music.
A 28-year-old Korean man who posed as a member of BTS in order to obtain and leak unreleased music has been sentenced to prison.
According to International Business Times, in February 2022, the man, pretending to be a member of the world-famous Korean group, approached a producer who works with BTS at their label, Big Hit Music after finding the producer's information on the internet.
While lying to the producer, the man was able to get access to BTS' unreleased music and promotional activities, which he leaked the information 47 times from February to May of last year.
He reportedly uploaded the leaked music to his Instagram account and shared it with people via KakaoTalk, a Korean messaging app.
Reportedly, the man's motive was to gain access to the music in order to present himself as a successful producer. Now, he's been sentenced to prison for his impersonation.
On Monday (July 17), the Daegu District Court's Western District Criminal Division 9 announced that the man was sentenced to one year and two months in prison, as well as three years' suspension; 240 hours of community service; and 40 hours of mental and psychotherapy classes.
The man's lawyer asked the court for leniency, according to a translation from Koreaboo.
"Because of his criminal past, he had trouble making healthy relationships with people, so he spent more time on social media. Before his arrest, he had studied music, and a classmate became a celebrity. Because of this, the man committed the crime out of wanting to be like him and out of curiosity," the lawyer claimed.
Koreaboo reports the judge in the case emphasized the "severity of the crime" but that the sentence reflects Big Hit's desire not to pursue further criminal charges.
In 2022, BTS released an anthology album, Proof, spanning their 10-year career, including new hits "Run BTS" and "Yet to Come." The album marked their last official group project (for now) before the band began working on solo projects while some members enlisted in the Korean military for mandatory service.