At this point in the ongoing police investigation on the Kim Hyun Joong domestic violence case, it wouldn’t be newsworthy other than him being such a well known Korean celebrity. The reason it’s not newsworthy stems from victim “A” dropping the charges against her ex-boyfriend Kim Hyun Joong and there are simply too many cases of assault and battery happening within the home setting whether the victim (man or woman) is physically injured by a significant other or family member. With A dropping her charges after receiving the sincere and personal apology from Kim Hyun Joong, what remains is for the police to close out the case. I explained in my last post that even if the victim refuses to press charges or drops the charges, certain situations would still warrant the case to go forward with the prosecutor making the judgment call to indict. A good anecdote would be if a victim is assaulted in a hotel elevator and the whole thing was captured on the hotel’s elevator CCTV camera. Later the victim declines to press charges for whatever reason, the prosecutor can still indict the assailant using the elevator video as evidence of the assault. A crime being committed does not require the victim’s participation to mete out justice, it’s a fact that most cases there are no additional evidence other than the victim’s testimony hence in that situation if the victim doesn’t want to press charges then there is nothing the prosecutor can do.
The police in the Kim Hyun Joong assault case have just announced that they will be forwarding one count to the prosecutor’s office to indict Kim Hyun Joong. Of the four assault charges made by A, Kim Hyun Joong admitted to one count, the one where he claims they fought mutually and she ended up in the hospital with injuries that required two weeks to heal. That is the solo count that the police is forwarding to the prosecutor for indictment. It doesn’t matter whether A has dropped the charges, Kim Hyun Joong’s admission to the physical fight and A’s hospital records from May showing the injury bruises are enough independent evidence to charge him. With this being one count rather than all four which included allegations of continued abuse, and considering Kim Hyun Joong is a first time offender in the eyes of the law, my guess is that he’ll get probation and required to attend anger management classes. Even on this one count he’ll not see jail time and it’s not because he’s a famous or rich person, sadly DV cases still mostly get slaps on the wrist.
For a refresher, above are the pictures taken of A at the hospital when she went in after the May fight showing her bruises. This is the fight that Kim Hyun Joong has admitted took place. I sincerely hope that his fans who want to support him do whatever they want to keep the support but do stop conjuring up completely unsubstantiated assertions such as he’s been framed and apologized just to end this nightmare and he never hurt A. At least the girl walked away with her dignity and safety intact, it’s time fans accept that even the most innocent and nice stars on the surface can have plenty of faults in private that we know nothing about. The lead detective on this case explained clearly to the media that in the case of an alleged crime where the accused has admitted to it and there is independent evidence of the crime (i.e. A’s hospital record in this case), then even if A dropped her charges the police cannot drop it and must refer it to the prosecutor. Yay for cops doing their jobs (for once).