The police investigation into the alleged Park Shi Hoo rape case has concluded its preliminary interview phase a full 2 weeks after the allegations were raised, finally interviewing Park Shi Hoo and K (24 year old actor Kim Hee Jun) on March 1st at the Seoul Seobu (Western) Police Station. Park Shi Hoo’s interview lasted 10 hours and he left the station well after sunset. Upon exiting, it was clearly evident the interview took its toll on him as he was seen with visibly red-rimmed eyes and a haggard demeanor. The reporters camped outside rushed to interview him and he respectfully said that he had provided all the facts to the police and the truth will come out in the investigation. After that he was assisted into a car and left the police station. Police have made a statement asking the media and the public to not speculate on the case, due to the recent leak of supposed Kakao texts between A and her friend B which appear to indicate that A has ulterior motives. B tells A that she can get 1 billion won out of this or else ruin him, while A replies that she will do her best acting to the police to make herself seem like the most pitiful victim. Police have now said that these texts, as well as others leaked earlier between A and K, are all taken out of context and there are many more collected in their investigation. Some are favorable to Park Shi Hoo while others are favorable to A. So there you have it, the classic rape case of he said-she said. Let me say that even if an alleged victim turns avaricious after the fact doesn’t in itself prove a set up or that a rape didn’t happen. Similarly a victim that eschews any type of settlement isn’t proof that a rape did happen, since it could have been consensual at that time only to turn unwilling after the fact. That is why sex between two adults is never as cut and dry, even between spouses and lovers, much less between two relative strangers who just met and got interested in each other, as Park Shi Hoo has claimed was what happened.
A spokesperson for the precinct came out after the interview and gave a short statement saying nothing of import other than the interview was complete and the investigation will proceed accordingly. These are some truly inept cops, I wouldn’t be surprised if evidence gets misplaced and the interview is transcribed incorrectly. Honestly though, the incompetence of this particular batch of cops what with the delayed interview and the info leaks left and right, is no better or worse than many high profile celebrity investigations I’ve seen in many other countries. Cops are just employees of the government of a particular country and with that comes the competent and incompetent ones working cases. Add to it the celebrity factor and chances are the tabloids are going out of their way to dig up dirt regardless of the cops or either side deliberately leaking info. I’ll leave this case with the cops and the parties involved to sort out, whether it be an indictment or a settlement to come. This has been an exhausting two weeks following this truly disturbing and scandalous event – either Park Shi Hoo raped a girl he just met, or some girl he just met is setting him up for an epic fall from grace. Either way, pretty hard-to-swallow stuff, no?