On June 17, the police have officially started investigating the charges of sexual assault filed against Park Yoochun.
They are currently summoning individuals who were present at the time of the alleged sexual assault. These individuals were at the adult entertainment establishment/liquor bars with Park Yoochun. The police seek to get testimonies to judge whether or not the sexual relations that occurred between Park Yoochun and the women were forced or consensual.
Following their investigations of the testimonies of the witnesses and plaintiffs, the police plan on summoning Park Yoochun for questioning.
On June 18, Seoul Metropolitan Police reveal that male DNA has been discovered on the underwear provided by the first individual who pressed charges against Park Yoochun.
The Korean National Forensic Service examined the underwear after it was submitted as evidence. According to the police, they were notified on June 18 of the results, which stated that male DNA was found on the underwear.
The police plan to investigate whether or not that DNA belongs to Park Yoochun. Police believe that if the DNA does turn out to be Park Yoochun’s, it will provide insight and help them determine whether the sexual relations with the first individual was a case of sexual assault or prostitution.
On June 20, at roughly 1:15 p.m., Park Yoochun’s legal representative from the firm Shin & Kim filed a suit at the Gangnam police station against the woman who first came forward with sexual assault allegations against the singer, although those allegations have since been withdrawn.
Park Yoochun’s side is accusing the woman of false accusation and blackmail, and a report from Yonhap states that Park Yoochun’s reps are looking over similar suits against the three other women who subsequently came forward with sexual assault claims.
Currently, police have set up a task force of 12 to handle this case, and investigation is under way regarding all four allegations. They have begun to question those that had been with Park Yoochun at the time of sexual assault, and tests are being done to determine whether male DNA found on underwear provided by the first individual to press charges belongs to Park Yoochun.
The latest twist in Yoochun‘s sexual assault case has the alleged victim and her boyfriend meeting with C-JeS Entertainment executives over the course of a week to try and work out a settlement without going through public legal channels, according to Dispatch.
Lee reportedly approached C-JeS Entertainment for an apology and compensation for Yoochun’s actions, and the agency in turn wanted to stop the news from going to legal channels.
One notable detail that is probably the most titillating is that after C-JeS reps met with the alleged victim twice, they then met with a member of a gang family, who also happens to be the father of the C-JeS CEO.
On June 4th, the day after the initial incident, C-JeS’s department head met with Lee’s side, and on June 7th, four company personnel including the director of the company met with Lee. On the same day, Lee also met with Baek, a member of a large Korean gang family, and also the father of C-JeS Entertainment CEO Baek Chang Ju. On June 10th, Baek Chang Ju sat down to talk with Lee. Lee’s side eventually took legal action and reported the incident to authorities because the two sides were not able to come up with any solution regarding compensation after a week of discussion.
Regardless of whether that meeting was innocent in nature, and assuming that it was a coincidence that he was called in after negotiations had already failed twice, there’s no other way it comes off than trying to intimidate in this situation.
Dispatch also reported some details of what was said during the mediation.
Dispatch was able to obtain some dialogue between the two sides during their initial mediation, with C-JeS Entertainment representatives saying, “We are trying to find a way to compensate this for you,” while Lee’s side answered, “She is devastated and shocked. This is the first time such a thing has happened she doesn’t know what to do.”
And there’s also more details that were produced about the motivations for the charges…
Lee’s boyfriend, who initially reported the incident, stated that she was crying when he met her the morning after she had met Yoochun at the brothel. When he asked why she was crying, she said Yoochun’s crew treated her like a plaything. According to Lee, one of Yoochun’s crew members even approached her and said, “You did it in the washroom right? Come on let’s have a go with me too.” After hearing her story, Lee’s boyfriend wanted to make them pay for the way Yoochun and his crew treated her and filed the report to the police. However, Lee decided to drop the case only after 4 days, and even worried for Yoochun, saying, “The issue blew out of proportion and I think Yoochun has suffered enough damage.”
…as well as details about what actually happened.
According to Lee, she doesn’t work at the adult entertainment facility regularly, but only 1~3 times a week and irregularly when she needs the money. Dispatch also added that while there are rumors that Yoochun paid Lee 600,000 won, a staff member from the adult entertainment establishment explained that a different girl performed a body show on the table for Yoochun and his crew, and that Yoochun had tipped her 300,000 won for her performance, which is where the rumor probably came from. Lee remained adamant that she did not take any money in return for sex, and that any rumors that she took money from Yoochun is completely false.
Additionally, the lead photo of Yoochun entering an “adult entertainment facility” is not involved in the incident, which of course infers that he visited a variety of these places regularly.
From the report, it sounds as if she had consensual sex with Yoochun and felt victimized after the fact by him and his crew for the way he treated her. While that matches with the reason she cited when she withdrew the charges, the fact that C-JeS allegedly tried to intimidate her and her boyfriend into a settlement leads to reactions like this…
So what Dispatch is trying to say is that he did sexually assault her but he went back with mobsters to threaten her and shut her up before throwing down 300 million won.
…because the potential fear factor muddies the waters entirely as to what is actually the truth. And while they may be separate cases legally speaking, the existence of a second accuser is difficult to ignore.
Assuming what Dispatch is reporting is true, this is a truly ugly look for not just Yoochun, but C-JeS as well. We’ll have to see if the police investigation backs up any part of the Dispatch report.
Remember that Dispatch article that explained the alleged involvement of gangsters used by C-JeS Entertainment to intimidate Yoochun‘s first sexual assault accuser? Well, apparently there were some details left out, and some of the finer specifics make things look even worse (if that was possible).
6/4: CJeS president and A’s side meet.
6/7: 4 members of CJeS, including the chairman of the board, and A’s side meet.
6/7: D, a former member of the mob, and the representative’s father, surname Baek, meet with A’s side.
6/8: Baek’s father and A’s side meet.
6/9: Baek and A’s side meet.
In truth, on the afternoon of the 8th, Baek’s father met with an acquantaince of A and told them “You know exactly who I am. You’d better do your best to talk A out of this.” Former mob member D also was involved. He’s a close friend of A and CJeS. D contacted them directly to request that they resolve the issue as best as possible.
There were also further details on the potential reasons why charges were brought and why charges were dropped.
Representative Baek met with A’s side at Yeongdong hotel on the 10th. He told A’s side that they’d changed their position and they had no plans to pay for damages. In the 6 days during which the incident came to light, mediation between the two became strained. A’s side wanted compensation for damages, and CJeS was dragging their feet.
On the night of the 14th, A withdrew the charges. A’s boyfriend clarified the reason for the withdrawal, but something about their reasoning rings hollow. And that’s where the issue of settlement money comes in. In truth, A’s side had been discussing the matter of settlement money with CJeS for about a week, but filed the charge when they were unable to come to an agreement. “The scandal blew up. The media coverage caused enough damage to PYC,” said A’s side, doing a 180-degree turn from their previous demands for criminal penalties and compensation. This suggests the influence of hush money.
The report also says that speculations over the first alleged victim’s boyfriend being her pimp or something of the sort were false.
Additionally, A’s boyfriend does not work in the sex trade. He works in foreign trade in partnership with China. “On the morning of the 4th, he met with A, and she was crying. He asked her why and she told me that Park Yoo Chun and the guys he was with degraded her. At first he really wanted to make sure they were punished,” said an acquaintance of B.
Granted, this is all Dispatch’s reporting, and while they’ve generally proven reliable over the years with a few exceptions, the police investigation results are still the thing to wait for. Speaking of which, if Dispatch’s report on this is true, it would be interesting to see if the police investigate the potential gang involvement or if this really was just one hell of a coincidence.
The latest news from police on Yoochun‘s four sexual assault cases is that they’re reportedly investigating whether or not Yoochun is being extorted by a criminal organization who are using the alleged victims as a proxy.
Of course, like with many other reports, we should wait to see how this shakes out. There’s nothing definitive here yet, as the police are still investigating, so unless this theory is actually proven to be reality, I still wouldn’t say things are necessarily looking positive for Yoochun overall. However, the possibility of something nuts like this emerging over the course of a police investigation is the reason I wanted to let this thing play out before making a concrete judgment no matter how it looked at the outset.
While I’m not writing off the report completely, some have brought up serious concerns with the original Korean source. While questioning the source of the translation is not valid, as @paulisteu (who has been an immense resource throughout this) confirmed the translations are accurate, the original Korean story is far more dubious.
I had never heard of the site called iKoreaDaily prior to this, and I still don’t exactly know anything about the site. However, while I was originally looking over the source prior to writing this article, I somehow ended up getting ‘Korea Daily’ stuck in my mind and believing the source being cited for this was the Korea JoongAng Daily, which is related to the JoongAng Ilbo. Obviously, I now realize that was incorrect. I apologize for the error of missing the dubious source and for any resulting confusion.
Besides the site existing in relative anonymity, there’s other reasons to wonder about iKoreaDaily. The Twitter account for the site has barely 1,500 followers with seemingly no interaction on their tweets, the articles themselves have no comments, and articles from the site are nowhere to be seen on either Nate or Naver.
It is, of course, entirely possible that a non-mainstream site broke news that nobody else got. However, what I’m saying with this update is that until this story that cites a police rep is corroborated anywhere else, I’d take it with a mound of salt.