‘Austin Powers’ Actor Convicted In Rape, Torture Of OC Woman

SANTA ANA (CBS) — An actor who appeared in the original “Austin Powers” movie was convicted Thursday of torturing and raping a woman in Orange County.

He was acquitted of a charge of conspiracy to commit murder.

Joseph Hyungmin Son, of Garden Grove, faces up to 15 years to life in prison. His scheduling was scheduled for Sept. 9, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.

The victim, who was 19 years old at the time, testified last week that she was abducted at gunpoint in the early morning of Christmas Eve in 1990 by two men near her Huntington Beach apartment. She was forced into a vehicle, driven to an unknown location and was repeatedly tortured and sexually assaulted.

The victim testified her attackers threatened to kill her several times before they pushed her out of the vehicle naked, with her pants tied around her eyes.

Son was arrested in October 2008 while serving jail time for a probation violation. A sample of his DNA was matched to evidence kept from the 1990 assault and he was charged with rape, kidnapping and firearms offenses.

The actor appeared in the 1997 film “Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery” as henchman “Random Task”, and in a number of action films in the 1990s.

Another man, 40-year-old Santiago Gaitan, was sentenced in January to 17 years in prison for his role in the attack.

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  1. IEGUY says:

    Only comment I have is: How come when they track someone like this after 20 years and use DNA as evidence (which is most definitely is), the prosecutors jump on it as if it were gold, but when the defense or someone else attempts to use DNA evidence to prove someone falsely imprisoned, these same prosecutors pooh-pooh the reliability of “old” DNA or DNA evidence itself?

  2. G says:

    Get hit in the head with a shoe on christmas eve? That blows

  3. Ja Jada Jade says:

    if he lost the weight, then he wouldn’t have any problem finding a woman to lay with.

  4. A. Powers says:

    Groovy baby!

  5. JMAN says:

    Who throws a shoe!!!!

  6. PLeAse says:

    Looks like mini me

  7. MImi says:

    Areyou people serious ? This is hardly funny but I guess different from a perspective of a pedophile and or rapist You’ll get your turn ,be sure of that,,then w’ll see who’s laughing.

  8. Mimii says:

    (correction ) Are you people serious ? There’s nothing funny at all about this situation but I guess its a different perspective coming from a rapist and or pedophile,just imagine if it was your daughter,mother,or sister ? Would it be funny then ? You’ll get yourn turn and we will see who is laughing then .

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