Comedian-turned-pastor Seo Se-won given suspended sentence for assaulting wife

May 13, 2015
Seo Se-won (Newsis)

Seo Se-won (Newsis)

SEOUL, May 14 (Yonhap) — Comedian-turned-pastor Seo Se-won was given a suspended jail sentence Thursday in a high-profile domestic violence case.

Judge Yoo Hwan-woo of the Seoul Central District Court sentenced him to six months in prison, convicting him of an assault, but suspended the sentence for two years.

“We found him guilty of all the charges leveled against him, but the crime took place accidentally and the couple has been undergoing the divorce process,” the judge said.

The former top comedian is accused of assaulting and choking his wife, Seo Jung-hee, in the basement lobby of their residence in Seoul during a heated argument in May 2014.

The 59-year-old was caught on camera dragging his wife by the leg from an elevator into the hallway. The incident left her with injuries that took three weeks to heal.

Seo Se-won insists that his wife’s statement that she had lived like a prisoner for the past 32 years is “overblown.”

The two have been going through the divorce process since July.