Things have come to a close for now with the court case involving disgraced Korean idol-actor Park Yoochun stemming from allegations of rape and solicitation of prostitution. The court case was dismissed this week due to lack of sufficient evidence, which must be a relief to Yoochun as these were serious allegations. The facts of the scandal and court case are well known, and involved plenty of salacious details, but ultimately the fact that Yoochun did frequent those room salons is and will be the taint on his reputation that no court case dismissal will salvage. Like other disgraced K-stars, it depends on the facts of the scandal but allegations of sexual misconduct such as Park Shi Hoo and/or prostitution like Se7en are the toughest to recover from. I know it’s going to be nearly impossible for me to watch Yoochun dramas or movies, past or in the future, without being influenced by his personal predilections.
Yoochun was actually in a movie that came out earlier this year – Lucid Dream with Go Soo – but it was not as the lead so I don’t know if moviegoers went to see the movie or didn’t want to see the movie with him in it. He will be finishing his military service this year so it’ll be wait and see on how his career fares going forward. On his rape allegations, one accuser was found guilty of false accusation and blackmail while her accomplices were also found guilty of blackmail, which means the police found that Yoochun didn’t rape the girl who accused him of rape, but he did sleep with her and it was either consensual and free or he paid for it but it still wasn’t the rape that she alleged.