Austin Powers fans were stunned when Asian actor Joseph Hyungmin Son – best known for his role as Dr. Evil's henchman Random Task in the first Mike Myers comedy – was arrested with another man for a violent and cruel gang rape of a California woman on Christmas Eve in 1990.
"My 20s were stripped from my life as I relearned how to walk, see, hear and cope with the outside world again," the victim said at the actor's sentencing. "Joseph Son not only cost me my job at my salon but also my college savings... not to mention the impact it's made on celebrating Christmas year after year."
Son was sentenced to life with a chance of parole, though it's unlikely he'll get it given recent events – the actor now stands accused of killing his prison cellmate in a violent attack. The victim – a registered sex offender with a 2-year sentence – was found dead in his cell Monday night.
The news first broke on a UFC message board frequented by an alleged prison guard. Son was an MMA fighter in addition to his stint as an actor.
"I am the first to break this news!" poster SoCal PriznGard wrote on the UFC message board. "Ex UFC fighter, Joe Son has murdered his cellmate. While serving a life sentence for gang rape, Joe Son has been attacked several times by other inmates who do not tolerate rapists in prison. It has not yet been determined why he killed his cellmate or how."
"Fact: celly found dead. Joe and dead guy only ones in cell together. Guard doing count, sees celly is unresponsive, medical arrives. CPR performed. Celly has trauma to chest area. Pronounced dead. Innocent until proven guilty but looks like he did it. These are the only facts that I have right now. Investigation still in progress since it just happened on Monday around 5:00 pm."
Wasco State Prison authorities are considering his death a homicide and Son is the only suspect, according to the Associated Press.
Image courtesy California Dept. of Corrections