I’ve been bemused by all the cascading developments in the Park Shi Hoo rape investigation not because its a funny matter but the sheer outlandishness of the seemingly unending media warfare between the two sides gives new meaning to one-upsmanship. It feels like the moment A’s side drops a bombshell, Park Shi Hoo’s side returns a volley and it’s the public that has to sift through the detritus to find something of value to the merits of the case. Yesterday came an attack on A’s credibility in the form of L, an anonymous Mr. Lee, who gave an interview to cable network jTBC in which he alleged that A tried to shake him down two years ago in much the same way. L, an aspiring star himself, claimed that he had a one-night stand with A two years ago. Let’s not forget that would make A around 19-20 years old and therefore L a giant skeezer if this is true. L said that the next day, he got a text from A wondering if she was pregnant? Then A’s supposed unni, good friend B, also contacted L demanding that he “take responsibility.” L said that it eventually led to talk of a monetary settlement. The interview L gave does not reveal what was the ultimate resolution – did he pay off A, did he “take responsibility, other than claiming A tried to shake him down after a one-night stand in what appears to be the same way she reacted to sleeping with Park Shi Hoo. Of course, A clearly didn’t report L for rape otherwise there would have been a prior case file. Park Shi Hoo’s lawyer claims that A’s past history is being documented and will be handed over to the police in an effort to exonerate Park Shi Hoo. I seriously have not formed a definitive opinion on the merits of this case, but I can tell you that its pretty laughable that an anonymous L randomly popped up to rake A through the mud without any shred of evidence proffered. And if I were to take him at his word, there is nothing that would lead credence to what he said because he’s simply an anonymous talking head at this point. Once again, L could be telling the truth, but without offering any specific or concrete information, one is hard pressed to believe him at his word. A’s lawyer has responded to this report by saying it is untrue and re-asserting that A never contacted Park Shi Hoo before she reported him for rape, further showing the alleged L incident bears no similarity to what is happening now.
It’s disconcerting to see the nature of fandom be exposed in a time of crisis for a particular star. This isn’t directed at Park Shi Hoo’s fans, but is merely commentary on the predilection of fans to fill out the voids of their favorite star with personality traits gleaned from pre-packaged media appearances and an agency behind a well-crafted machine. For all I know, Park Shi Hoo could very well be the most decent human being on earth, but how fans come to that conclusion from watching him act in movies and dramas and from reading about his personal and professional life from the media and other outlets that filter the information astounds me. Yes, fans can hope and wish and pray their favorite oppa is a super duper awesome human being, but unless one knows him very well personally, its all conjecture and speculation. It’s a hope, not a reality. Which is why Park Shi Hoo’s predicament is fascinating as a study in fangirling. Park Shi Hoo’s side has thus far used one strategy, which is to repeatedly paint A in a bad light so as to discredit her allegation. A may very well be an avaricious promiscuous aspiring starlet, but that doesn’t prove she was or wasn’t raped. Only evidence from what happened that night does. Similarly, Park Shi Hoo comes off as a douchey creep no matter if he raped A or slept with her consensually, not because sex is a bad thing, but that he just met the chick that night and from all the text messages A appears to be interested in K. So how A ended up in bed with Park Shi Hoo still reflects poorly on his judgment call (young girl, possibly drunk, just met, brought by his hoobae K). There is the slight chance that A was gunning to set up Park Shi Hoo in the first place, but how that came to be when she made plans to see K but the texts don’t show that she knew Park Shi Hoo would be there. Also, A wanting to bring Park Shi Hoo down after sleeping together is not conclusive to setting him up, the causal connection there is contextual at best. Having very bad judgment also doesn’t mean Park Shi Hoo must’ve raped A. Evidence, good ole reliable evidence, is the only definitive proof either way. And without any solid evidence, then it becomes this sort of he said-she said fiasco.