So the current legal proceedings stands at this nearly three weeks after the shocking news broke that unknown victim A reported that Park Shi Hoo allegedly raped her – (1) Park Shi Hoo is being investigated by the police for alleged rape, (2) Park Shi Hoo has sued the alleged rape victim A for blackmail, (3) Park Shi Hoo has sued B, the supposed friend of A, for libel, since B went to the media and blabbed all about what A told her supposedly happened the night of the alleged rape, and (4) Park Shi Hoo has sued Eyagi Entertainment‘s director Mr. Hwang (also known as C in the media) for conspiracy, though its unclear what exactly the underlying conspiracy charge is. Let me explain – conspiracy is an added charge to a independent crime. Four people getting together to discuss what to order for pizza is not a conspiracy because their discussion did not involve an agreement to do something illegal. Is Mr. Hwang being sued for conspiracy to entrap Park Shi Hoo, i.e. he is being set up for a rape he didn’t commit by A, B, and Mr. Hwang? Otherwise I don’t see an underlying crime based on the sketchy news reports that Park Shi Hoo is suing Mr. Hwang for conspiring to get A to report the rape. Because, uh, telling someone to go report an alleged crime is not in and of itself a criminal offense. At all. It’s a good thing. Or is Mr. Hwang being sued for knowing that it wasn’t rape but a consensual sexual encounter but is encouraging A to report as rape. Then I suppose Korea might have a law on the books about it being illegal to knowingly file a false complaint, and if Mr. Hwang urged A to report a rape he knew wasn’t a rape, then I suppose there could be a conspiracy charge somewhere. But Mr. Hwang is not taking this lying down, and today he upped the ante on Park Shi Hoo and is counter-suing him for libel. Ahahahaha, I’m sorry, this is just too ridiculous I can’t even. Mr. Hwang says his reputation has been damaged by Park Shi Hoo’s allegation and lawsuit that he is conspiring to bring him down. Mr. Hwang gave an interview today that pretty much says all he did was try to arrange a settlement between the parties and for that he’s getting sucked into this vortex of crazy. Tell me about it. If J, K, and L are waiting in the wings to talk, I suggest thinking carefully before claiming to have even more juicy details.
In Mr. Hwang’s interview, he said that he didn’t even meet B until 10 pm the night after A filed the complaint, so how could there even be a conspiracy? Leaked texts between B and A have B saying A should use this to bring Park Shi Hoo down and suggesting Mr. Hwang would also want to destroy Park Shi Hoo for leaving his agency. Mr. Hwang points out that he was not involved in those text messages, and even after Park Shi Hoo left his agency all the residuals from his projects are still flowing to the agency. To bring down Park Shi Hoo would mean shooting himself in the foot since now Park Shi Hoo’s projects are getting dropped for airing overseas. Furthermore, Mr. Hwang claims his only involvement in this matter has been to only arrange for a settlement meeting between Park Shi Hoo’s mother and A’s father. When he first heard of the rape allegation, all he wanted was to quickly reach a settlement for Park Shi Hoo to preserve his reputation and also help his own agency continue to maximize their investment in Park Shi Hoo’s prior projects. Mr. Hwang says that because he’s now being accused and sued for something untrue, he will actively defend himself. He has released evidence to the police that will exonerate himself but might not be good for Park Shi Hoo. Stay tuned for the next episode of: People’s Court of Korea via the Media.