Detectives at the Western Police Station in Seoul have officially concluded their investigation into the allegations that Park Shi Hoo raped trainee A on the night of February 14th and handed it off to the prosecutor’s office with a recommendation to indict. The police have formally announced that their conclusion that a crime was likely committed was based on answers given by Park Shi Hoo during his interrogation and questioning, A’s initial statement, the circumstantial evidence such as the CCTV footage of A being piggybacked into the apartment by K and her rape kit results, and the results from the lie detector test which both Park Shi Hoo and K failed while A passed. Police are recommending that Park Shi Hoo be indicted for semi-rape (the first time they had sex, when A was fully unconscious and passed out), rape (the second time they had sex when A says she woke up during), and injuries resulting from rape. Police are also recommending K be indicted for sexual molestation. Apparently in Korea rape is split into forcible when the victim is conscious and when its done to an unconscious person, hence the weird semi-rape charge, which doesn’t mean half rape or sorta rape but rather that the victim is unaware of being raped because of unconsciousness or inebriation. Park Shi Hoo’s law firm immediately released a press announcement that the police investigation was biased towards A, police discounted Kakao talk evidence, Park Shi Hoo’s civil rights and presumption of innocence were disregarded with all the leaks during the investigation, and now they have filed an official grievance report with the Civil Rights Commission and National Police Inspector General. It’s not like Park Shi Hoo has been convicted, the law firm’s time might be better spent mounting a defense for him at trial if they have the evidence to prove his innocence to proffer the judge or jury.
In the police announcement about recommending an indictment, police have said that it has reviewed the allegations that A was looking for a financial settlement and that Mr. Hwang of Eyagi entertainment and another big wig was conspiring against Park Shi Hoo, and found no evidence to back up either assertion. I have come to the conclusion that no matter what the police say, or what the prosecutor decides to do, and even what a judge or jury finds at the end of this case if it goes to trial, some fans of Park Shi Hoo have already decided he is being unjustly persecuted, A is a gold-digging whore, the police are corrupt and hate Park Shi Hoo, and the entire entertainment and media world is out to get him. I call this the “oppa is a martyr” belief. At which point – this case doesn’t matter for his fans and for those who are merely reading the facts and innuendos and making their own judgment, there will never be a consensus between the two groups on whether a rape happened that night. Park Shi Hoo was included in the nominees for a Baeksang popularity award this week and he was actually leading the votes until his name was removed at his request. He is refraining from any entertainment activities until this case is resolved. Park Shi Hoo has not been officially indicted yet but expect it to happen shortly. He has also not been arrested or detained, which is not a surprise considering the nature of this case. It’s not a violent crime, he’s not a danger to society and needs to be locked up pending trial, and he’s not a flight risk. Even if he were arrested I’d expect a judge to grant a pretty low bail amount. The police are recommending that he not be arrested for the above reasons I just explained, it has nothing to do with whether they believe he committed a crime. In the meantime, he just celebrated a birthday this week in the midst of what is likely the worst experience he’s ever gone through. Oh what a very bad judgment call can do to a person.