There’s nothing definitively smoking gun to report as an update on the Park Yoochun rape allegations investigation currently ongoing in the Seoul police department. But then again, a smoking gun either way would be preferable to this death by a thousand cuts for his fans and for certain drama fans in general who just want to know whether his dramas can be rewatched again because he’s wrongfully accused and/or a guy who has sexual predilections but hasn’t committed a crime, or whether his dramas will forever be tainted by the spectre that he’s a criminal and one that preys on the most vulnerable of women in the downtrodden who resort to taking adult entertainment jobs. The latest news is that his DNA is a definitive match to the semen found in the underwear of his first accuser, which just proves he had sex with her but not whether the sex was assault versus consensual. It once again underscores why so many rapes go unreported or not prosecuted, it’s simply a he said/she said to try and convince 12 jurors or one judge.
There was a bit of crazy this week when the SBS news department released a report that said Yoochun was cleared by the police of all allegations and the police were preparing to file blackmailing charges against his accusers. That was followed by the police department releasing a statement that the news report is NOT TRUE, Yoochun has not been cleared of any charges as the investigation is still ongoing. Yoochun’s recent dramas have been on SBS, one wonders how much the network is invested to try and break any good news for him. It sounds like the news report would have been accurate by saying the investigation has not unearthed any definitive evidence that proves Yoochun raped the accusers who have filed charges. That’s likely since evidence of sexual intercourse doesn’t meant it was forced, and even bruising could be from vigorous consensual sex. It might come down to civil suits much like between Kim Hyun Joong and his baby momma ex-girlfriend.