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Actor in Austin Powers film convicted of torture in rape case

August 25, 2011 |  7:50 pm

Joseph Son An actor who had a small part in an Austin Powers film was convicted Thursday  of torture in connection with a Christmas Eve gang rape of an Orange County woman, authorities said.

Joseph Hyungmin Son, 40, was found guilty of one felony count of torture in connection with the 1990 attack, the Orange County district attorney's office said.

Son was initially charged in 2008 with multiple sexual offenses in connection with the rape, but the charges  were dropped because the statute of limitations had expired, the district attorney's office said. A co-defendant in the case was sentenced in January to 17 years and four months in state prison after pleading guilty to rape, kidnapping and other charges.

The victim was kidnapped and taken away in a vehicle as she walked her dog. The woman was pistol-whipped, repeatedly raped and allowed to leave naked with her pants tied around her eyes, prosecutors said.

Using the name Joe Son, he played the role of Random Task in the 1997 film "Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery" and had roles in other martial-arts films, according to the Internet Movie Database.

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