Comedian jailed for 4 months after “I refused to get in” taxi driver

A comedian in his 40s who was accused of going on a rampage in a moving taxi while angry that the driver refused to give him a ride has been sentenced to prison.

On March 28, Judge Choi Hae-il of the Suwon District Court Criminal Division 4 sentenced A, 43, who was charged with violating the Act on 먹튀검증Aggravated Punishment of Certain Crimes (assault on a driver), assault and insult, to four months in prison, according to legal sources.

Mr. A was accused of getting into the back seat of a taxi driven by taxi driver B (66) on a road in Yongin, Gyeonggi Province, in the early morning hours of March 29 last year, swearing and kicking the passenger seat several times. When the taxi stopped in front of him, he thought he had been refused a ride, so he got into the taxi and carried out this behavior.

A was also charged with assaulting employee C (51) in the parking lot in front of his entertainment office at around 0:31 a.m. on March 18 last year, saying, “The CEO is sleeping in the car, but you go upstairs to sleep,” and hitting his right arm with a camera holder, and at around 1 p.m. on the same day, saying, “You can’t even park properly,” and throwing prohibited rubber cones and rocks at him.

He was also charged with insulting the owner, Ms. D, at around 1:30 p.m. on the road in front of a beauty salon in Yongin City, while customers and passersby were watching, demanding an apology over the calculation of the fee.

“The defendant has been punished for the same crime several times in the past, and his guilt is heavy, as he did not restrain himself during the period of other crimes, but exercised tangible force on taxi drivers in operation and assaulted and insulted the victims,” Judge Choi said. Ahn was sentenced to one year in prison for fraud by the Seoul Central District Court in June 2020 and paroled in December 2020.

“I took into consideration that the defendant acknowledged the main facts of the crime and showed an attitude of remorse, and that the degree and method of exerting tangible force on the victims did not seem to be very serious,” Judge Choi added.

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