The Park Shi Hoo case, seemingly in limbo for the past month and a half since the police submitted their investigation summary to the prosecutor’s office with a recommendation to indict Park Shi Hoo for rape, injuries stemming from rape, and quasi-rape, has reached a sudden and definitive ending. Alleged victim A has just dropped her complaint against Park Shi Hoo and K. With the complainant unwilling to pursue the charges and provide testimony, the prosecutor has also dropped all charges against both Park Shi Hoo and K. The media is writing that there is no information available as to whether Park Shi Hoo and A settled quietly, but in all likelihood the two parties reached a financial settlement because all counterclaims are also in the process of being dropped. Is anyone surprised by this outcome? I’m actually surprised it took so long for the two sides to reach a settlement and all charges dropped. If the two sides could have settled earlier, perhaps Park Shi Hoo’s career wouldn’t have taken such a devastating blow. Whether or not the allegations are true will never be determined now. Park Shi Hoo’s fans will obviously take this as a victory on all fronts, sticking with the story that their oppa is innocent and they always believed him and that slut A dropped her charges because she got paid off as she wanted all along. Others who believe a rape did happen that night won’t take this as an exoneration of Park Shi Hoo’s guilt, but will instead be a sad validation that the rich and famous can buy their freedom at the price of a pretty penny. I’m relieved this ordeal has ended for both sides, in the end it was an alleged crime that impacted only one alleged victim, and if that alleged victim wants to drop the charges for whatever reason, who am I to care on her behalf? I do have my final opinion on this all – I don’t think I will ever be able to watch a Park Shi Hoo drama or movie again. In my mind, he’s sleazy for sleeping with a young inebriated girl that night whether or not it was forced or consensual. He should have known better by virtue of his age and experience, and I’m not keen on wasting my limited drama viewing time on an actor that fairly exudes douchebaggery in my eyes.
I doubt A will ever enter the entertainment industry after this matter dies down. Her name and face is plastered everywhere online and Korean starlets are required to have either a girl-next-door image or quirky ingenue. She’s been painted as an aspiring fame whore and/or gold digger with a body made for sin (not my words, mind you) so her idol career is probably kaput before it’s even taken off. As for Park Shi Hoo, I must say he has some…..dedicated fans, who have stuck with him through this experience and may have never wavered about his innocence. Even those who think he did it, when enough time has passed he’ll be back on the screen and viewers will grow to accept him again. I may as well, one never knows, and frankly he’s just an actor whose job is to act and who am I to pass judgment on whether he’s “qualified” to resume his acting career. Criminals who have paid their dues (served time, paid a fine, settled with the alleged victims) have resumed their lives and ought to have such a right. I think this matter died a slow death long before news of this settlement broke and its with a disenchanted heart that I conclude my coverage of this sordid tale of a one night stand gone wrong.