HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. – The rape trial of Joseph Hyungmin Son has is has started in Orange County. You may not recognize the name, but you may recognize him as “Random Task,” the shoe-throwing villain from the film Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery.
But seven years before he would star in that film and four years before he would get have his groin treated like a red-headed stepchild during his UFC 4 match with Keith Hackney, it seems 39-year-old Son was up to no good.
Back in 1990, a 20-year-old woman was walking her dog on Christmas Eve, checking out the Christmas lights when Son, along with a second suspect, allegedly dragged the woman into the back of a car, pistol whipped her and raped her repeatedly. Son is also accused of raping the victim with a gun before she was released in Compton naked with her pants tied around her eyes.
This case would remain unsolved until 2008 when a DNA sample Son gave to authorities following a probation violation linked him to the 18-year-old crime.
Son was initially charged with five counts of rape, two felony counts of forcible sodomy, two felony counts of sodomy in concert by force, seven felony counts of forcible oral copulation, and one felony count of sexual penetration by foreign object by force.
Because of the statue of limitations regarding some of those charges, that laundry list was whittled down to conspiracy to commit murder and torture. Both of these charges carry a life term.Tags: California, Celebrity, Crime, Joseph Hyungmin Son, Random Task, Rape