The entire month of April has come and gone and the Park Shi Hoo rape investigation appears to have sank into the bowels of the Seoul Prosecutor’s Office from whence who knows when it will emerge. The two definitive outcomes are either charge him with various counts of rape, or not charge him for lack of evidence and close the case. Except neither has happened for the past month and instead there has been no movement on the case. Either the delay is to re-investigate or because of other things going in behind the scenes, no one knows. But this is likely quite taxing for both sides involved – Park Shi Hoo remains under the spectre of a rape accusation which is terrible if he were innocent, while alleged victim A can’t get any justice if she was indeed raped but the case is getting stalled. I said it during the police investigation phase, the authorities owe it to both sides to be diligent and move the case along. A few minor updates have happened in the interim that I can cover quickly. Park Shi Hoo has hired yet another high-powered law firm to join up with PURME to represent him. The more the merrier, I guess, though I can attest that quantity does not increase the odds of avoiding the arm of the law. His side has also officially put their lawsuit against A, B, and Park Shi Hoo’s former agency Eyagi Entertainment on hold. Initially they sued those guys for colluding together to extort money from him (or maybe set him up, not quite sure the full nature of the complaint), and for the police to investigate those allegations Park Shi Hoo needs to go to give his statement. His side has elected to put that on hold, issuing a statement that they want to focus on defending him against the rape allegations. Finally, as if there wasn’t already a circus of folks involved in this mess, an unrelated party called the Citizens for Correct Opportunity has filed a complaint with the Seoul Western Police Station against Park Shi Hoo and PURME for violating the privacy rights of A by releasing her Kakao message talks which showed her phone number and identity.
This Citizens group sounds like one of those rights-based groups that take on lawsuits and advocacy for the rights of citizens in various settings. Here the group is alleging a violation of the Special Cases Act where the victim of a sex crime has certain privacy rights most notably the right not to be identified. This group claims that Park Shi Hoo and his attorneys violated the Act by releasing information that identified her and her family through the Kakao messages. To be honest, this group and its director (pictured above submitting the complaint to the police station) sounds like an opportunistic bozo even if the complaint allegations may be true. I just hate people piling on, especially folks unaffected and unrelated to the case. So here’s the update for those of you asking me lately what’s been going on. I’m sure most folks have moved on from caring, but as a matter of principle I care because there is a victim here (whether its A for being raped, for Park Shi Hoo for being falsely accused of rape), and I want to see the victim get justice in the end. The whole morons-running-a-circus nature of the investigation also muddies up the water, but I have faith that the law will ultimately be able to sort out what really happened and render a final verdict on the outcome.