At this point when both sides are coming up with contrasting testimonies, background information is the key to understanding what had happened. That is why [Nate News]'Dispatch' has gathered all the information available about Miss A's actions after the 14th of February. We even succeeded in obtaining messages exchanged between Miss A and her friend Miss B, and also the sound recording of a phone call between Miss B and her acquaintance Mr C.
It's clear from the messages that Miss B urged Miss A to go to the police. Miss B told her 'Don't answer the phone', 'Don't wash yourself'. And mentioned the settlement money. 'He has 3 hundred billions' and that 'He is not one up on us'.
They even planned the way to 'play the media' reporting on the case. Miss B suggested through her messages 'We have to release it in the news to get more settlement money'. Miss B also warned her acquaintance Mr C that she 'released an article about 'Park Si-hoo rape' to the papers. So don't provoke us'.
The messages also reveal some important information about the background of the story. There is evidence that other people were involved with the case from behind the scenes. Miss B consulted some other people about the situation and she was forwarding their advice to Miss A. She said for example 'They said it was the right thing that we released it in the news first' and 'it would be good to give [some of the settlement money] to those people'.
15th of February, 3pm – Miss A comes out of Park Si-hoo's house. Five hours later she was on her way to the OneStop Support Centre. She had her urine, blood and hair samples tested in a nearby hospital. By the late hours of the night she finished her victim testimony at the Seoul Seobu Police Station.
It all took only a day, from the intercourse to her victim testimony at the police station. What had changed Miss A's mind and feelings about Park? We can get some idea from looking at the messages exchanged between Miss A and Miss B, from before Miss A reported the incident to the police and to the newspapers. It is clear that 'money' rather than 'legal punishment' is figuring more prominently in the messages.
On the day of the incident, Miss A went out of Park Si-hoo's apartment to the OneStop centre, which is just one stop from Gangnam to Mapo. At this point Miss B kept urging Miss A to quickly go to the police.
According to the messages exclusively published by 'Dispatch', Miss B kept sending messages to Miss A such as 'Don't wash yourself', 'Get all the tests you can get, hair, urine and so on'. Miss A replied 'Ok'. She then went to a support center for rape victims to report the assault.
While Miss A was reporting the assault to the authorities, Miss B approached her acquaintance Mr C. Mr C, who has connections to the entertainment world, was just having a few drinks with his clients when he was abruptly approached by Miss B saying that her 'friend had just been raped by Park Si-hoo'. Surprised Mr C then made a call to Mr. D, a boss of an agency formerly affiliated [with Park Si-hoo].
Miss B also communicated the reaction of Park Si-hoo's side to Miss A. Miss A judged Park Si-hoo's reaction as fear and used it in her allegations. Miss A even sent a message to her mother who was worrying about her saying 'Park Si-hoo is not one up here. He would never have come out with such a submissive attitude, if there had been nothing wrong'.
Conversation between Miss A and Miss B, 15th February.
Miss A: Can't I just go tomorrow?
Miss B: No. They said you have to go now.
Miss B: Don't answer any phone calls. And don't wash yourself.
Miss A: Ok. I'm on the way to the police now.
Miss A: Should I get my hair and urine samples tested too?
Miss B: Yes, get all the tests you can get.
Miss B: And let's try to negotiate some good settlement money. Park Si-hoo is gonna plead on his knees. Miss B: If he doesn't pay, let's sue him. He's dead.
Conversations between Miss A and her mother, 15th February.
Miss A: Mum, I'm on the way to the police now.
Miss A: Don't worry. If Park Si-hoo was one up on us, he would not have been so scared.
Miss A: He's got 3 hundred billion won, do you think he can't stop the police?
Miss A: But Park Si-hoo is begging to save his life, he looks like he has no idea what to do now.
Messages between Miss A and Miss B. 17th February.
Miss B: They said it was right that we released it to the news first.
Miss B: They said that it's nonsense trying to negotiate.
Miss A: Ok, there is no negotiation.
Miss A: ke ke ke
Miss B: They said that if we release it to the newspapers tomorrow, we can get more settlement money.<
Miss B: That's gonna be a fatal blow for Park Si-hoo.
The messages between Miss A and Miss B. Evening of 17th February.
Miss A: But are those people not gonna ask us for the settlement money?
Miss B: Yes, but I think it would be good to give them some of the money.
Who planned the "media play"?
The news come out on 18th February, 3 days after the charges were first filed with the police. Considering that 16th and 17th was weekend, the news came out with lightning speed. But this also had been a part of Miss A and Miss B's plan, as the messages that 'Dispatch' obtained clearly show that Miss A and Miss B were planning an their way of 'playing the media'.
The shocking point is that this kind of media manipulation had been planned in order to increase the amount of settlement money. A day before the news came out, on 17th, Miss A and Miss B had agreed that they need to manipulate the media. Miss B said 'We can deal a death blow to Park Si-hoo if we first release the news, and then we'll be able to get more settlement money'.
This is also confirmed by a recording of a phone call between Miss B and Mr C. When both Mr C and Mr D started becoming suspicious of Miss A's testimony, Miss B told them 'the situation got messed up because Mr D contacted [Miss A's] father to negotiate the settlement. That's why I had to publish the article' and warned that 'to this extend we have plans ready so don't try to provoke us'.
We can't be sure whether the first news report came out of Miss B's mouth, but she was engaged with the media ever since the scandal had been reported and gave several interviews to the media. When the situation started turning in Park Si-hoo's favour, Miss B quickly changed her position stating that she 'was cheated by Miss A'. But up until then she had continuously attacked Park Si-hoo and Mr D.
Are there any other powers acting behind the scenes?
Miss A and Miss B are both merely in their early twenties. Is it possible that all this, from reporting the case to the police to playing the media, could originate from their heads? During the material gathering 'Dispatch' has become suspicious that there might be someone else pulling the strings from behind the scenes. It's because Miss B was asking advice from some third party and forwarding this to Miss A.
For example, on 16th, Miss A was planning to go to the police and asked 'Can I go there tomorrow?'. To this Miss B replied 'No. They said you have to go now.' It was the same case when they were planning to release the news to the media. Miss B urged that 'They said we have to release it if we want to get more settlement money.
We can also spot the presence of some third party from the part in the messages mentioning the settlement money. Miss A asks 'but when we get the settlement, are those people not going to ask for the money?'. Miss B replied that 'but it would be good to give them some of the money' as a commission.
Who then is behind Miss A and Miss B? There is no suspicion that Mr C or Mr D could be involved with this third party because both were first approached by Miss B after the case had been reported to the police. It also became know during the police investigation that Mr C and Mr D contacted Miss A's father to attempt to negotiate a settlement.
Miss A, did she have ulterior motives?
From the messages it's clear that Miss A and Miss B's both were very confident about their plan. They decided to push ahead with the allegations thinking that in rape cases victim's testimony is the most important piece of evidence. Miss B swore that Miss A 'could drink a lot so there is no way she would get drunk after 2 bottles' and that it was 'not an aphrodisiac but propofol'[suggesting that Miss A had been drugged].
They supposed that substances were involved in the case and their expectations about the settlement money increased. Miss A's former colleague told to press that Miss A 'suddenly said she is planning to go to Australia to study. When I asked if she has enough money, she was sure she will be able to go'. 'But when I got the news about the case, I could guess what kind of set-up that was'.
Miss A also hinted on Park Si-hoo's wealth 'Park Si-hoo's assets are 3 hundred billion won, that's enough to block even the police [investigation].' 'But looking at how he is pleading to save his life, it looks like he has no idea what to do now.'
The most suspicious point is that 'settlement', not 'legal punishment' was the main topic of the conversation. 'Should we get legal punishment rather than money?' was mentioned by Miss B only once in her messages to Miss A, while settlement money was discussed continuously. However, when the medical substance tests came out negative, Miss B changed her story and the settlement discussion disappeared without a trace.
The background behind Miss A's actions might have changed the focus of the situation, but this is still a rape incident. The police are trying to determine whether intercourse was consensual or forced, rather than on the intentions Miss A might have had afterwards. If Miss A unswervingly claims 'intoxication' and 'inability to protest', it will be very difficult for Park Si-hoo to avoid the allegations of quasi-rape [meaning the victim was mentally unable to protest]. From an ethical standpoint, however, if there were hidden motives behind Miss A and Miss B's actions, the sincerity of their claims will be doubted.
Koreabang+Nate News Dispatch
Long post is long, but I wanted to share with omona what Dispatch has gathered from all of this information. Bolded for people who are lazy to read.