I’m just going to report on the news so far regarding this stunning allegation and not make any commentary, because heck if anyone out there is capable of making any statement about the veracity of the claims. Park Shi Hoo, fresh off a charismatic turn in Cheongdamdong Alice, has just been accused of rape by a 22 year old trainee given the anonymous moniker “A” by the police. Earlier this month, A was out drinking with Park Shi Hoo and claims that she was so drunk she passed out and when she woke up she had been sexually assaulted by him. She didn’t report it immediately but went to counseling and after revealing the claims at the counseling session then went to the police station to file an official report. Park Shi Hoo has been summoned in for questioning and has already hired a lawyer and requested that his questioning at the police precinct be delayed until February 24. Since the allegations erupted, the latest news has the owner of the restaurant remembering Park Shi Hoo and the trainee drinking there that night and recalls that she was able to walk out of the restaurant by herself, and that the departure was captured on CCTV footage. Er, that is hardly relevant since more alcohol could have flowed afterwards, but imma digressing. Turns out a rookie actor given the moniker of “K” was also present that night and out drinking with Park Shi Hoo and A and K has already given a statement to the police. Park Shi Hoo has released an official statement confirming that he met A through a mutual acquaintance and did go drinking with her that night. His statement goes on to say that he has nothing to hide since it was a relationship where he and A were mutually interested in each other. He admits sleeping together but says it was mutual consent. Park Shi Hoo ends his statement by asking the public to not rush to judgment.
Oh boy, this one is a doozy and a shocker. Park Shi Hoo is well-known as a light weight drinker in the industry though once again that has no correlation with the alleged accuser A’s claim that she drank too much and passed out and woke up in bed with Park Shi Hoo. This is a classic case of he said-she said and I have no idea if Park Shi Hoo will make it out of this allegation untarnished even if it turns out not to be true. And in the case of consenting adults, yes and no is quite clear but in between is the blurry lines that make it hard for anyone not in that room to say for certain what happened. I really have nothing more to add at this point beyond what is being reported in the news and if anything big changes I’ll post an update. Otherwise I expect this to be investigated by the police and handled accordingly.