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SEOUL, South Korea - A South Korean court found a popular actress guilty of adultery Wednesday, months after she tried but failed to have a law that makes extramarital affairs a crime ruled unconstitutional.

A district court sentenced Ok So-ri to eight months in prison, suspended for two years, Yonhap news agency reported. The court near Seoul gave Ok's lover a six-month suspended sentence.

A court spokesman was not immediately available for comment.

The 40-year-old actress earlier this year filed a petition to have the adultery ban ruled an unconstitutional invasion of privacy. But in October, the Constitutional Court upheld the ban, part of South Korea's 55-year-old criminal code.

South Korea remains deeply conservative and is influenced by a Confucian heritage despite decades of Western influence. Supporters of the adultery ban say it promotes monogamy and keeps families intact. Opponents say the courts have no right to interfere in people's private lives.

The number of adultery cases filed in South Korea has dropped in recent years, declining to 8,070 in 2006 from 12,760 in 2000, according to the Supreme Prosecutors' Office. About 80 percent of those cases were dropped before formal charges were filed, largely because complaints were withdrawn.

Last year, Ok acknowledged during a news conference that she had had an affair with an opera singer 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.


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seoul is full of roadway hotels(as are many many traditional countries) for lovers. they dont check to see if couples are married to each other. She is just in limelight thats why they are pressing it. Paparazzi caught it all. and husband upset.

august 2004 I-129 filed (neb)

DEC 2004 Approved

interview: SEOUL

MArch 21st , 2005AR for special security clearance,washington

May 18th tranfer case from Seoul to Islammabad

June 21st security clearance done

June 28th online at the embassy in Islamabad

waiting for paper transfer and the good word

OCTOBER 14TH 2005 Interview Number 2: ISLAMABAD, PK

AR number 2 sent to DOS per Islamabad (2 cable request)

Nov 22 okd updated financial and etc proof accepted / embassy waiting for security cables

dec 20th one cable back waiting on 2nd

Jan 17th.. good word recieved. SECURITY CHECKS ALL CLEAR!!! DOS says embassy to contact him within two weeks!!!!!!

FEBRUARY 10th, 2006 VISA RECIEVED!!! They called him In via phone, stamped his passort and sent him on his way!!!

FEB 28th WELCOME HOME>>>POE CHICAGO did not even look at xray, few questions. one hour wait at Poe

march 10th marriage (nikkah at the islamic center)

aug 2006 AOS interview, cond 2 yr GC arrived september

June 2008 applied for removal of conditions on permant residency aka awaiting for 10 yr greencard

Dec 2008 10yr green card approved, no interview.

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