12:40 am - 04/11/2012

Open World Entertainment CEO arrested for alleged sexual harassment on artists and trainees

The CEO of Open World Entertainment, the agency that houses The Boss, X-5, and Jun Jin, has been revealed to be arrested on alleged charges of sexual harassment.

On April 10th, he was arrested by undercover investigators near Gangnam for allegedly sexually harassing, assaulting, and raping his agency’s artists and trainees. Reports to investigators were filed a month earlier and officials have been working on the case since then, interviewing over 20 victims and testifiers, gathering further evidence on the case.

Investigators finally arrested him the day following his return from Japan and were cleared for a search and seizure warrant on the entire company building. Because investigators speculated that he and his associates would attempt to get rid of the evidence, they stood guard for five hours, interviewing group The Boss and their label mates to confirm all the details.

Police were able to find that the sexual assaults occurred on the company’s fifth floor along with the choreography rehearsal studio, which is located in the basement. Police were able to confiscate all CCTV (Closed Circuit TV) footage present in the building.

An official stated, “We’ve been receiving countless reports that the CEO was using his higher position to regularly sexually harrass and assault his trainees. Over 30 victims are involved in the case.”

Meanwhile, actor Go Joo Won as well as Shin Ji Soo was also housed under Open World Entertainment, and there were also a large number of girl group trainees. Jang is currently denying the charges made against him.

Sources: allkpop and Naver

I feel like I need to take a shower. Foul, rotten bastard.
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fancifury 10th-Apr-2012 05:05 pm (UTC)
wonder how much more of this goes on behind the scenes & is never caught/reported :/
asnindie 10th-Apr-2012 05:12 pm (UTC)
It wasn't so long ago that a few CEO's said they preferred debuting Boy groups, because the things they would have to ask the girls do to made them ashamed. It's a horrible, horrible business.
pepper 10th-Apr-2012 05:06 pm (UTC)
Sadly, this is not an uncommon occurrence in the entertainment industry... well, at least not in my country.
That being said, I hope that bastard rots in jail.

Makes me wonder if any other CEOs/Managers/People from other companies abuse their artists as well...
asnindie 10th-Apr-2012 05:13 pm (UTC)
Not to mention whore them out to get advertisements..
kazu_kumaguro 10th-Apr-2012 05:06 pm (UTC)
The Boss really has foul luck, I really wish them luck.
devilsatin 10th-Apr-2012 05:07 pm (UTC)
isn't this him?






i always thought those pix were so creepy!
honeebs 10th-Apr-2012 05:09 pm (UTC)
I KNOW AND X-5 ARE EXTREMELY PRETTY.
CREYEYE DIRTY NOOOOOOOOOO
shiddex 10th-Apr-2012 05:07 pm (UTC)
dafug. well im glad he's arrested. 30 victims. 3 0. GOSH. wonder how long this has been going on for. you sir deserve to be put behind bars. >B( god knows what else is going on in the entertainment biz... :/
honeebs 10th-Apr-2012 05:08 pm (UTC)
ohhh that's sad.
I wonder if it the victims were both male/female, the article doesn't say.
dislike 10th-Apr-2012 05:09 pm (UTC)
apparently they released him? i'm really scared about what will happen to the trainees who spoke up against him - i doubt the higher ups are going to look out for their protection over his.
pepper 10th-Apr-2012 05:13 pm (UTC)
...Wait... He was released? Good god.
diplodorkus 10th-Apr-2012 05:09 pm (UTC)
“We’ve been receiving countless reports that the CEO was using his higher position to regularly sexually harrass and assault his trainees. Over 30 victims are involved in the case.”

It horrifies me that, assuming these reports were not made all at once and were instead staggered over a period of time, the police didn't address this sooner.

This is terrible. I hope the victims make it through this okay and realise that none of this was their fault. This level of power abuse is just disgusting and I hope he gets punished properly and doesn't get away with this. I mean, over 30 victims? That's overwhelming. And just. Ugh. Not even enough words to talk about it. It's incomprehensible.
neumi 10th-Apr-2012 07:20 pm (UTC)
ikr? If I were victim 29 I'd be like, wtf suing the cops now.
xxmannequin 10th-Apr-2012 05:13 pm (UTC)
awful.

I feel like I need to take a shower. Foul, rotten bastard.
i feel you, OT.
disgusting human being.
jongina 10th-Apr-2012 05:13 pm (UTC)
Over 30 were sexually harassed? Horrible. I have no words for this.
a_perfect_shade 10th-Apr-2012 05:14 pm (UTC)
Over 30 victims are involved in the case.

so glad something was done about this for once. there are countless other trainees that need this intervention, i hope this gets the dominoes falling.
a_perfect_shade 10th-Apr-2012 05:16 pm (UTC)
i hope none of the artists under this label are stigmatized
asnindie 10th-Apr-2012 05:16 pm (UTC)
Do you guys think he harassed the guys in the company too?
ideservestars 10th-Apr-2012 05:17 pm (UTC)
yes
cherrims 10th-Apr-2012 05:17 pm (UTC)
what the actual fuc................
i really cannot believe this, even though it's pretty much expected since this isn't the first time it happened. but still, i mean. i LOVE dgna to bits. god, i don't even care if i'm being such an obsessive kpop fan worrying about my oppas. this is some pretty fucking serious shit. i mean, not only for dgna but for the rest of the people who were victimized.
ugh i hope the asses that were behind this got a life sentence or something.
lightframes 10th-Apr-2012 10:22 pm (UTC)
I don't think you're being obsessive or ridiculous at all. It's normal to be concerned if you think someone might have been sexually harassed or assaulted.
ideservestars 10th-Apr-2012 05:18 pm (UTC)
so terrible, those pictures up there make me literally sick to my stomach. i hope this will open up investigation to other happenings like this in the business to
shineebambi 10th-Apr-2012 05:19 pm (UTC)
i hope this man rots in jail for the rest of his miserable life.

on another note i really hope they treat the victims w/ a lot of respect and compassion. What they are doing is not an easy thing for them at all and they are being incredibly brave.
o13blackcats 10th-Apr-2012 05:22 pm (UTC)
I wonder if the victims were male or female. I've heard that a lot of same-sex harrasment happens but almost never get reported because homosexuality of any kind ~doesn't exist~ in Korea.
frequency 10th-Apr-2012 05:23 pm (UTC)
ugh, he can rot, tbh. disgusting.
epona 10th-Apr-2012 05:24 pm (UTC)
Terrifying. And also awful that this probably means the end of those poor boys' careers.
cmyesaito 10th-Apr-2012 05:30 pm (UTC)
this is horrifying i hope he rots in prison
mangomuffins 10th-Apr-2012 05:30 pm (UTC)
this is rly nasty but it's rampant in the entertainment industry. hope the guy gets the punishment he deserves.

i kinda like x-5 tho, i wonder what's gonna happen to their career now.
blkjck 10th-Apr-2012 05:31 pm (UTC)
i am making the worst face rn ice
cc9095 10th-Apr-2012 05:34 pm (UTC)
I wonder how many CEOs do the same.
asnindie 10th-Apr-2012 05:37 pm (UTC)
It's too horrible to think about;_;
stopjustlisten 10th-Apr-2012 05:34 pm (UTC)
he's disgusting i can feel my food coming back up
kiku_cha8_8 10th-Apr-2012 05:34 pm (UTC)
oh my fucking god.
uledy 10th-Apr-2012 05:35 pm (UTC)
Imagine the courage of all the trainees and artists who came together to file these reports in the first place. It takes a lot of strength and courage for survivors to name and take action against their attackers. I really applaud and admire them for this. I wonder what they'll do next? Are they alright?

Also, if these allegations prove to be true, I honestly hope the artists and actors signed with the company leave. I couldn't morally stay employed at a place like that.
shineebambi 10th-Apr-2012 05:47 pm (UTC)
mte and i hope that if they do leave other companies are willing to take them in as either artists or trainees after the scandal. It would be even more heartbreaking if some still wanted to continue on and pursue their dreams to only have doors shut in their face because of the stigma they might have gained.
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