A new report from SBS has detailed how PD Ahn Joon Young admitted to manipulating the final results for two seasons of the Produce series, and how he was entertained and provided services dozens of times.
PD Ahn Joon Young, who had his arrest warrant approved yesterday, November 5, is being charged with fraud and breach of trust due to his involvement in manipulating the rankings for Produce 48 and Produce X 101. He manipulated the rankings to allow a certain agency’s trainee to debut.
When spoken to prior to his arrest warrant questioning, he made a very brief statement to the reporters present.
I will sincerely answer [the prosecution’s] questions.
— Ahn Joon Young
Based on the evidence they have collected, police believe that PD Ahn Joon Young was entertained and received services from entertainment agencies at adult entertainment establishments more than 40 times since July 2018, accounting to over 100 million KRW ($86,350 USD) worth of services provided to him. The services were provided to him in the Gangnam area.
According to SBS, during the investigations, PD Ahn Joon Young admitted to the charges of manipulating the final rankings for this year’s Produce X 101, as well as last year’s Produce 48. However, he has denied charges of manipulating the rankings for Produce 101 Season 1 and 2, which occurred in 2016 and 2017 respectively.
Yesterday, police also raided an entertainment agency who is suspected of having their trainee’s rank increased due to PD Ahn Joon Young’s manipulation. Police are also continuing to investigate Mnet’s other programs that have voting.