The arrest warrant for Choi Jong Bum, Goo Hara’s ex-boyfriend, has been rejected. The warrant was requested late last week on the grounds of blackmail and injury. After holding an investigation to determine the validity of the warrant, judge Lee Eon Hak rejected the request, saying that he does not see the need for arrest.
He said, “The accused, after receiving wounds to the face that were serious enough to affect his everyday life, became angry and said he would release [media]. There is no circumstance that suggests that the content of the [media] or its explicit nature were revealed to a third party. It’s difficult to acknowledge that there are grounds or necessity for arrest.”
Last week, police revealed plans to cross-examine both parties due to conflicting testimonies. Choi Jong Bum has staunchly denied the allegations of blackmail first revealed in a report by Dispatch and is claiming that the sex tape clips he sent Goo Hara were simply “memories to cherish.” Meanwhile, with regards to the assault, Choi Jong Bum is claiming that the violence was entirely one-sided, having stated that he has “never raised a fist at someone in my life,” while Goo Hara is saying that the assault was mutual.
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