One of South Korea’s best-known actresses, Ok So-ri, has been given a suspended prison sentence of eight months for adultery.
She admitted the offence and the court suspended the sentence for two years.
The trial took place after Ms Ok failed to get the constitutional court to overturn the strict law that makes adultery a criminal offence.
In her petition she said the law was an infringement of human rights and amounted to revenge.
According to the BBC correspondent in Seoul, John Sudworth, the scandal has kept South Korea’s tabloid newspapers and internet chatrooms buzzing for months.
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One of‘s most famous actresses was convicted of adultery Wednesday in a high-profile case that drew renewed attention to a decades-old law prohibiting .
Ok So-ri, who was handed a suspended jail term, had lost a battle in October to have the ban declared unconstitutional.
“I would like to say I’m sorry for causing so much trouble to society,” a somber Ok told reporters after the verdict.
A district court in Goyang, near, handed Ok a suspended eight-month jail sentence, reported, meaning she will not have to serve time. Ok’s lover received a six-month suspended term.
There was no immediate word on any plans for appeal.
The sensational sex-and-celebrities case has been tabloid fodder for months, with Ok’s challenge to the adultery law adding extra spice.
Last year, Ok acknowledged during a news conference that she had had an affair with an opera singer who was a friend of her husband for a few months in 2006. She stressed the affair was a result of her loveless marriage to actor Park Chul.
The court appeared to show some sympathy for Ok’s predicament.
“Though the fact of adultery should be criticized, (the court) issued this ruling taking into account that husband Park Chul’s responsibility was not small,” the court said, according to cable news channel YTN.