The Park Shi Hoo and K rape allegation investigation continues to develop in ways that are absolutely baffling. I’m really neutral towards Park Shi Hoo as an actor and entertainer prior to this scandal breaking, so my coverage of the developments is neither motivated by liking him or disliking him. I am, however, really perturbed by everything surrounding this unfolding situation. The current situation stands at the case staying at the Seoul Seobu (Western) Police Station, with the police not granting Park Shi Hoo’s current lawyer’s request to transfer it to the Gangnam police station. After missing two interview dates, a summons to appear for an interview on March 1 has been issued to Park Shi Hoo and the police have stated that they will issue an arrest warrant if he doesn’t show up. Park Shi Hoo asked for a deferral on his first interview date of February 16 to February 24, but then less than an hour before his scheduled appearance his lawyer announced that unforeseen conditions require the interview to be postponed again. The media is reporting that the initial results of the toxicology test do not detect any drugs in the alleged victim A’s system, but this doesn’t preclude that there could have been drugs ingested that are quickly undetectable since samples were collected from A 24 hours after the alleged rape. Now the case is further complicated by an interview given by B, an unidentified bestfriend of A, providing alleged details of the rape. Park Shi Hoo’s new lawyer then released a statement blasting that interview as filled with unsubstantiated lies. What is going on with all these media interviews with random people (like the owner of the bar where the three drank that night, and now A’s so-called friend B) just providing details that just muddy up the waters when a standard police investigation ought to be the top priority?
In the interview B gave with Sunday Seoul, supposedly A has met K only once before and then was invited out to drink with him and Park Shi Hoo on the night of the 14th. She claimed to have been encouraged to keep drinking by the men, though she didn’t drink enough to get drunk. She supposedly texted her parents in the car saying she was on her way home and then lost consciousness, waking up the next morning in Park Shi Hoo’s apartment. A apparently saw Park Shi Hoo still wearing a condom and later was groped by K. B claimed that A must have been drugged because A said she felt really weird afterwards. I’m not saying that A didn’t tell B this, but whoever B is to go blab to the media all of this damning but unsubstantiated statements just creeps me out. It’s like there is a media trial going on to lynch Park Shi Hoo while on the other hand he’s dodging police interviews and changing lawyers and requesting the transfer of the police investigations. Both sides (police and A’s so-called friends versus Park Shi Hoo and K and their lawyer coterie) are shady as hell if you ask me, what with the leaked info and public statements left and right. My sympathy remain squarely with the victim of this alleged rape. I think the police need to shut up leaking info to the media and just investigate with professionalism but also do it faster than the current snail pace.