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Eight people have been indicted in connection with the controversy surrounding vote manipulation in the “Produce 101” series.

The Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office stated on December 3 that producing director Ahn Joon Young and chief producer Kim Yong Bum have been indicted with physical detention for suspicions of obstruction of business and fraud. A show producer known as “A” and five others including entertainment agency staff members have been indicted without physical detention for suspicions such as breach of trust through bribery and violations of the Improper Solicitation and Graft Act.

According to the prosecution, they are under suspicion of manipulating the results of the paid votes received from viewers during the live broadcasts of all four seasons of “Produce 101” in favor of certain contestants.

Ahn Joon Young is also under suspicion of breach of trust through taking bribes. It was previously reported that in January 2018, he began receiving favors at drinking establishments that were allegedly paid for by an entertainment agency. According to the report, escorts were present, and police have stated that over 100 million won (approximately $86,355) was spent for these drinking entertainment services.

The producing director reportedly previously admitted to manipulating the rankings of “Produce 48” and “Produce X 101” and partially admitted to manipulating the first two seasons of the show. The prosecution has now stated that they’ve confirmed that the viewer votes for all seasons of “Produce 101” were manipulated.

On December 3, Mnet released an apology statement. “Produce 48” group IZ*ONE and “Produce X 101” group X1 have been on hiatus after Ahn Joon Young admitted to manipulating the rankings, and Mnet also stated that they will announce plans for the future for these groups as soon as possible.

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This all could have been avoided if they just simply did it the way they promised. The producers of the show would still make money from it and the group (s).

I feel sorry for IZONE and X1 yet they were created under false pretense and many of the members frankly were given positions they weren't meant to be in if I understand what happened correctly.
 
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This all could have been avoided if they just simply did it the way they promised. The producers of the show would still make money from it and the group (s).

I feel sorry for IZONE and X1 yet they were created under false pretense and many of the members frankly were given positions they weren't meant to be in if I understand what happened correctly.
We have no idea, all 4 shows were messed with, yet 48 and x1 they have said they mostly preselected the finalist from the get go. They are only charging them with fixing the paid vote because that is the crime, but it appears that every vote was rigged.

Without access to each rounds true vote no call can be made and the existing team is what it is. Let alone the editing which by itself made heroines of the bby team 2 and villains of team 1, for example. Which drastically affected public perception and surly altered voting.
 

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I am just glad this is going forward.
 

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