A woman in her 40s has been sentenced to six months in jail and must complete a 40-hour stalking treatment program for repeatedly following singer and actor Rain and actress Kim Tae Hee by visiting their home and ringing their doorbell.
Ms. A was convicted of violating the Stalking Punishment Act by Criminal Division 9 of the Seoul Western District Court on January 10 KST. Although she is a first-time offender and did not physically harm the victims, her habitual stalking activities, such as visiting the couple’s home and knocking on their door, resulted in her sentencing.
The court noted that Ms. A’s mental illness may have made her mentally and physically vulnerable, and because of her unclear residence and lack of family support for treatment, she was concerned about the possibility of relapsing. As a result, the court determined that detention, treatment on her part, as well as education, were necessary to prevent her from repeating offenses regardless of whether she is in good physical condition or not.
Ms. A was accused of repeatedly ringing the doorbell and visiting Rain and Kim Tae Hee’s home in Yongsan-gu, Seoul, 14 times between March and October 2022. She returned to their residence on February 27 and April 7 of the following year after being informed of a misdemeanor violation, as well as visiting the couple’re beauty salon. The prosecution had requested monetary compensation and an accompanying stalking treatment program at the decision hearing held on December 8, 2023, citing the continuous nature of such pursuit by the victim who continued