I was so confused about the goings on of this sexual assault case involving actor Park Shi Hoo, so I put together a nice clear timeline of all the major happenings in the case, including the latest breaking news involving a KakaoTalks convo between the victim, Trainee A, and her friend, Person D.
For added clarity, here is a little chart on who is who in the case:
Age 22, the alleged victim of sexual assault.
Park Shi Hoo (above):
Actor, age 34, accused of sexually assaulting Trainee A.
Person B (aka Kim or Mr. Kim):
Recently debuted actor, and the mutual friend who introduced Trainee A, and Park Shi Hoo, and was present for the whole night. He is also being investigated for sexual assault.
The woman with the same name as Trainee A, who was harassed online by netizens.
Trainee A’s friend who claims that the sexual assault was premeditated, and that she was the one who received a text from Trainee A the next morning following the assault.
“There was mutual interest on both parties, and he did not force anything on her.” “While it is true we met through a mutual friend at a bar there was mutual interest as man and woman, all relations we had were consensual…have nothing to hide surrounding the allegations, and this will be revealed upon further investigation.”
“As representatives of Park Shi Hoo, we would like to state our stand regarding the media reports that were published on February 18th and clarify the truth and misconceptions to fans.
Honestly, Park Shi Hoo has admitted he did drink with A, whom he had known through a mutual acquaintance. But there was mutual interest from both parties, and Park Shi Hoo did not force anything on her absolutely. Regarding this, Park Shi Hoo doesn’t feel that there was anything to be embarrassed about. This will be proven clearly in the investigations, and we hope that everyone can be patient and give some time for things to be clarified.
Outside of this, we want to express our deepest apologies to all the fans who loved and supported Park Shi Hoo, and we are sorry for making everyone worried. We want to stress again that fans should not be worried about anything since there was nothing forced in the first place. To prove his innocence, Park Shi Hoo will diligently cooperate with all police investigations.
Finally, we hope that the media and related persons will not resort to mindless speculations or make wild assumptions before police investigations are completed.”
“Park Shi Hoo wanted to know what the reason was for A’s accusation, and wanted to clear up the situation before his questioning. He wants to figure out how he will handle the situation and provide a much clearer stance for the police during the investigation.”
“Park Shi Hoo is a complete stranger, so I don’t know why this happened to me…I have never seen Park Shi Hoo, other than on TV. This is so infuriating and frustrating. At first when I heard that I was the one pressing charges in the Park Shi Hoo case I thought it was a joke and laughed it off. I never imagined something that had nothing to do with me would become such a big deal…I don’t know why I became the person pressing charges. It’s most likely because of a TV program that I was in once in the past…I spoke to the police about my personal information being leaked, and they told me that it was probably because I had the same name as Trainee A that filed the lawsuit and that they will publish a formal statement stating that we have the same name and to not contact me further.”
“Park Shi Hoo and A had a good time with each other, regardless of whether it was at the bar or Park Shi Hoo’s apartment. The following morning, everyone returned to their respective homes. A and K (I’m assuming is Park Shi Hoo) even exchanged text messages after that. If something of that nature (sexual assault) had happened on that night, they wouldn’t have contacted each other through text messages at all. Judging from [Trainee A]’s behavior and what she said, there was absolutely no premonition that something like this would happen. Something sudden must have happened for her to do this. There are so many rumors flying around that [Person B] finds it to be unfair and unjust, and is terribly sorry for his senior, Park Shi Hoo.”
“As public figures receiving love and attention from the public, we apologize for the commotion that we have caused through this situation.
Even with all the articles being reported, the reason why all we said was that we will comply with the investigation is because we thought it was the best way to consider all the parties involved even though it seemed undeserving. And I also believed that it was best to reveal the truth through the police’s official statement.
Just as the press stated, Park Shi Hoo will be appearing at the station on the 24th and will comply with the investigation faithfully and reveal the truth.
Again, we apologize and bow our heads for not behaving properly as public figures.
And please, refrain from amplifying the situation or making assumptions before the official statement is made by the police.
Park Shi Hoo’s Manager, Park Woo Ho.”
“Even if we felt as though it was unfair, we thought that it was a way of considering other parties and wanted to get the truth out through police investigations.”
“B already knew that he would be facing a lawsuit. He was nervous when he heard from A that she would be suing him as well. He is currently at his house and has cut off all contact from the outside.”
“Q: How do you feel right now?
A: The fact that something like this happened because I introduced Park Shi Hoo to Trainee A is killing me. My identity was revealed, and the fact that people from different media is calling me is making it harder. I wanted to cut off outside connections and wanted to reveal the truth to the situation through the police but there were one-sided articles that came up. It’s really hard and stifling.
Q: What is the reason for saying yes to this interview?
A: I really wished to reveal everything regarding this situation through the police investigations. I hoped to remain silent until the end. But reading the articles I felt like it was very unfair and I wanted to share my thoughts on it.
Q: How are you these days?
A: I’m just stuck at home. I can’t do anything at this point.
Q: Did you ever contact the press about this matter?
A: I never said anything to anyone. There was an article that quoted me making it seem like I complied to an interview, but I didn’t. That makes it even unfair.
Q: Do you have anything else you want to say?
A: The police investigations are currently going on. Not every truth has been told yet. I will comply faithfully to the investigation and will reveal everything confidently to the police. I wish that people refrained from releasing one-sided articles.”
“Park Shi Hoo will not be able be appearing for questioning as originally planned,” and that “In accordance with regulations regarding investigation entrustment, have filed a request that all investigation duties be transferred to the Gangnam Police Station to ensure fairness. Unfortunately, Park Shi Hoo was unable to appear for questioning due to complications with the process.”
“[Police] have not yet been notified [Park] will not be appearing for questioning…We heard that Park’s original lawyer has decided not to continue working on the case. We have been trying to get in touch with Park and his team but have been unable to get a hold of anyone.”
“We will be denying Park’s team’s request to transfer investigation duties,” and that “a new summons will be sent tomorrow (the 25th).”
“[Trainee A] is not very close friends with Park’s friend Kim [aka Person B], and that they had only met once prior at a bar. Initially Kim and [Trainee A] met at a café but Kim said he would invite Park so suggested they go to a bar…Park and Kim did not drink at the bar and only made [Trainee A] drink. [Trainee A] said that she only had about a bottle of soju but that usually does not get her drunk….[Trainee A] also said that she felt unusually hazy…Police said the security camera footage from the parking garage of Park’s home showed Park wearing a mask and cap over his head. There’s no explanation for that unless everything was premeditated. [Trainee A] said by the time she woke up the next morning Park was in the mist of engaging in sexual activity with her and was even wearing a condom…Kim entered the room while Park and Trainee A were engaged in sexual activity and groped Trainee A, who was completely unclothed.”
Person D also claims, Trainee A texted her the same day, “What do I do now? What happened last night?” instead of the usual “Hi.”
“[Trainee A] proceeded to move forward with the lawsuit with the help of her parents….If she wanted money, why would she have gone to the police the very next day? I’m speechless to hear them say no actions were forced.”
“based on our observation of the unfolding of events, details of the case have been reported by the media ‘practically live,’ at times untrue…In an effort to actively prevent this from continuing, Park shifted legal responsibilities and a formal request for the investigation to be transferred to a different station was submitted.”
“As many already know, Park has a low alcohol tolerance level. However, he was enjoying himself on the night of the alleged incident and had about 10 shots of cocktail soju with ice over a period of about 3 hours. Reports of Park not having drank that night are not true…While Trainee A claims to have been unconscious inside Park’s home for 13 hours, her recollection of even the smallest details that coincidentally work against Park should question her credibility…She reportedly ‘felt hazy’ and alluded to drug involvement. She then submitted to blood and urine testing by National Forensics as though it would come back positive for drug use. Her actions to present have been questionable…Trainee A left Park’s home looking completely normal at about 2PM following the alleged incident, which can be proven by the elevator’s security camera footage. More so, Trainee A and Park’s friend Kim exchanged friendly messages multiple times thereafter…Park had every intention of appearing for questioning but due to changes in legal responsibility had no choice but to push back the date.”
[Date Rape drugs will disappear from the system after about 72 hours, so there is a chance she was too late with the drug test.]
“The messages exchanged between [Kim] and [Trainee A] were typical everyday conversation…The messages exchanged between the two still exist. We cannot reveal details of the conversation because investigation is still underway, but the messages are so normal that it’s hard to believe a woman who was sexually assaulted had sent them.”
Trainee A to Person B: “I’m home.”
Person B to Trainee A: “Do you feel okay?”
Person B to Trainee A: “Let’s go clubbing later”
Trainee A to Person B: “Man haha you said you’re going to [club name], right?”
“From what I know, messages between ‘A’ and Mr. Kim as well as those with their acquaintances over the course of several days ahead of the night of the incident have been obtained. In the messages between ‘A’ and her friend, there was even content about how she’ll be able to receive a lot of settlement money if she sues Park Si Hoo and Mr. Kim… Even after the incident, ‘A’ even showed interest in Mr. Kim by sending him a message that said things like, ‘I should have been with you yesterday.’”
“The whole thing was so shocking we didn’t know what to do and things ended up the way they are…He even received messages from her the night following the incident and they seemed like very good friends in the messages…Kim lives outside of Seoul and so is quite far from Cheongdamdong. He doesn’t have his own car so he uses public transportation. Public transportation had stopped running at the time so Kim only slept at Park’s house and went home early in the morning…He’s very surprised by everything. All details of the chat he had with Trainee A will be handed in to the police.”
While leaving the police station he made this statement,
“I have a lot to say but I gave a thorough statement to the police” and added that “I will make sure the truth is revealed.”
“We wrapped up the adequate investigation on Park Si Hoo which lasted from 10AM until now with his lawyer present. We are planning to decide on what the future schedules will be by reviewing today’s investigation. We have not yet decided on when we will summon the victim. We will also decide if we will summon Park Si Hoo again after carefully looking things over.”
“The case against actor Park Shi Hoo. Does every single detail need to be publicized. They even used pictures of him from award ceremonies…does doing that satisfy everyone in the country? Does a person’s right to be informed also include a celebrity’s sex life,” and added “If he is proven guilty, it won’t be too late to criticize him then.”
KakaoTalk conversation between Trainee A, and Person B surface.
Person D to Trainee A: “Since this is a big thing, you should request 1 billion KRW (approximately $922,000 USD) from them. Use this chance to definitely get money from them or you can crush him.”
Trainee A to Person D: “I’m going to show off my best acting skills during the police investigation to make it seem like I’m the biggest victim.
Like any public scandal, it’s a big ole’ mess. It’s impossible to know what really went on but let’s hope that justice will be found, whoever ends up on the receiving end.