Kim Sae Ron’s lawyer cited financial difficulties as a reason for leniency, but netizens have disputed this claim, pointing to her luxury apartment and car.
On March 8th, the Seoul Central District Court held the first trial of Kim Sae Ron, who was indicted on charges of violating the Road Traffic Act (drunk driving). Kim Sae Ron was fined 20 million won. Passenger A, who was on board after learning that Kim Sae Ron was drunk, was fined 5 million won.
Kim Sae Ron’s lawyer said, “(After the accident), she refrained from drinking alcohol and sold her car. She apologized directly to the affected merchants and paid all the compensation for damages. The defendant contacted the chauffeur several times before committing the crime, and her recidivism rate is low.”
The lawyer added, “The defendant is currently supporting her family as the eldest daughter, and her family is also struggling with financial difficulties after paying a large amount of compensation for damages. I hope that the defendant will be given as much leniency as possible.” Kim Sae Ron made the closing argument, “I’m really sorry and I’ll reflect on myself.”
However, some claim that Kim Sae Ron owns billions of won. When appearing on tvN’s “On and Off” in 2020, she revealed that she lives in a luxurious apartment inside the Seoul Forest The Sharp, Seongdong-gu, Seoul. At that time, the sale price of this apartment reached 2.3 billion won.
That was not all. Kim Sae Ron drove a luxury car worth 50 million won. It is known that she drove a luxurious car worth 100 million won during the accident. Currently, it seems that all of these vehicles have been sold.
Netizens commented, “Isn’t it a lie to say that life is hard?”, “She lives in an apartment worth billions of won but still says that she’s struggling with financial difficulties”…
Kim Sae Ron’s sentencing hearing will be held on April 5th.
Earlier on May 18th last year, Kim Sae Ron caused an accident in which she crashed into guardrails, street trees and transformers while driving under the influence of alcohol near Hakdong Intersection in Gangnam-gu, Seoul. Kim Sae Ron’s blood alcohol level was found to be 0.227%, enough for her license to be revoked.