12:35 pm - 03/09/2018

(TW) Idol group member accused of sexually harassing a girl in 2012, WM deny it's Sandeul #metoo

A woman claimed in an in-depth interview that she was raped by a male idol 6 years ago. The assaulter is said to be a vocalist of an idol group that debuted in early 2010 and has been recognized for his exceptional vocal skills on a music show.

She revealed that it all happened when she went to visit Seoul with her friends. The idol and she were friends because they grew up near the same neighborhood in Busan, so when he saw on her social media that she was in Seoul, he asked to meet up. The victim was drinking with 4 of their mutual female friends when he joined them. After a while, she and her friends decided to head to their lodging when he convinced them to let him stay the night there too. “Are you leaving already? I spent over 20,000 won (~$19 USD) to get here. I’d be spending a total of 50,000 won (~$47 USD) by going back. Let me stay the night at your place so I can take the subway back home in the morning.”

The girls had known him for years and he had a long-term girlfriend, so they allowed him to stay the night. The victim was drunk and had fallen asleep, along with everyone else, when she awoke to the idol raping her. He had taken both of their bottom pieces of clothing off and was raping her even though she was laying between two of her sleeping friends. Scared, she pinched one of the friends lying next to her but she didn’t wake up. She then pinched the friend on the other side for help, and she had woken up. The awoken friend witnessed all of it but was too shocked to do anything to stop him. She tried to move away and stop him, but she was ultimately shocked and traumatized by the horrific incident. “We were too young back then and I only thought that this kind of crime happened on TV. I was too shocked and embarrassed to say anything because he was a close friend. I was scared and didn’t know what to do about the situation. I had vowed to keep it all in because it was the most traumatizing and embarassing moment of my life.”

The assault didn’t end there. The idol began spreading different lies to their common friends that she willingly had sex with him, claiming that he had nothing to be sorry about because she was completely sober and compliant. Shamed by the lies and the assault, the victim never had the courage to share her story with anyone besides the 4 other girls that accompanied her to Seoul. “I tried to forget it and live on when I belatedly found out about the rumors he spread. I tried to clear up the story but I was too embarrassed to explain everything on my own and I had no courage.”

To her surprise, she later heard from another friend that the idol also raped her. He had forcefully taken the friend to a motel, but when she continually refused and fought against him, he began cursing at her and forced himself on her. “I was in agony when I heard her story because it reminded me of the same night.”

6 years after the assault, the victim was finally able to gain the courage to confront him after the #MeToo Movement caught wind in Korea. She sent him a long message, explaining how she had suffered throughout the years.

She finally called him out on the lies he created that ruined her life and tormented her for years. And she demanded that he be held accountable for his crimes.

And he actually responded back to her with an apology. However, he had laced the apology with excuses and turned the tables around claiming that he was hurting as well.

She once again called him out for his half-hearted excuses and apologies, pointing out the faults in his message.

“He only apologized because the #MeToo Movement has become a big issue in Korea and he got scared. There was no sincerity in his apology.”

And he gave her a short reply with another half-hearted apology.

She finally decided to sit down for an interview and formally tell her story, so that she can show the other women around the world that it’s not okay to sit silently. She doesn’t expect legal justice for the crimes committed 6 years ago, but she wants her story to be told. “There’s nothing I’ll gain from telling my story but I want him to know that I suffered a lot over the 6 years. I realized that I was stupid for staying silent, and I wanted to share the truth in light of the #MeToo movement.”

Rumors have been floating around about who this male idol from Busan could be. Surprisingly, many have started pointing their fingers at B1A4‘s Sandeul because he loosely fit the description. However, the victim had revealed in the interview that the assaulter is a vocalist of an idol group that debuted in early 2010. He’s also been recognized for his exceptional vocal skills on a music show.

B1A4 debuted in 2011, which crosses Sandeul off from the list. WM Entertainment had also stepped up to clarify that Sandeul has nothing to do with the scandal.

“The article has nothing to do with our label’s artists. In order to protect our artists, we will be taking strong legal actions against those who are spreading false rumors. We sincerely hope that those like us, who have nothing to do with these scandals, will not become victims [of rumors].”


sources: naver 1, 2, koreaboo, @huua15
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nekobot 9th-Mar-2018 01:49 pm (UTC)
"I had vowed to keep it all in because it was the most traumatizing and embarrassing moment of my life." This breaks my heart. How sick is it that rapists are the ones that should feel ashamed to the point of retreating from society yet they get away with it guilt free, and in the end it's the victims who end up feeling like this? It's so messed up. She did nothing wrong.
gathyou 9th-Mar-2018 01:50 pm (UTC)
This guy's answers... totally putting himself as a victim, especially with his "I lost a lot of treasured and close friends over this incident" well good on them for not staying friends with a rapist who knew exactly that he crossed the line since he bragged about a distorted version of what happened...

Once again I hope the woman's identity is safe and that it won't leak. I hope sharing her experience will help her heal too. All this articles are so heartbreaking :(
Also I hope people around her tells her it wasn't "stupid" to stay silent, and that it's brave to come out with the story when she was ready.
pepsi_twist9 9th-Mar-2018 02:43 pm (UTC)
The fact that he just says he lost friends shows such a lack of self awareness. It's truly something else.
jyusou 9th-Mar-2018 01:58 pm (UTC)
I like that this movement has reached Korea. I wanna know who all the bad apples are. May these women find the closure they seek, and all the men who caused their suffering fall.
isaac_of_nine 9th-Mar-2018 02:21 pm (UTC)
I so didn't want to believe Sandeul would be capable of something like this, but even though it's not him, I guess you never really know. It's sad that these girls counted him as close enough of a friend that they could trust sleeping near him and it turned out that this is how little he valued them. A guy friend tried something like this when I feel asleep around him too, and I don't think I'll ever lose that sense of suspicion it left me with around male friends. :/
modestgoddess79 9th-Mar-2018 06:16 pm (UTC)
it's sad that we can't let our guard down around men for one second without them trying to abuse us
sra_interesante 9th-Mar-2018 03:44 pm (UTC)
omg those victims, my heart hurts seeing those articles coming out every day

aaaaaaaand as much as i support #metoo movement i feel this name dropping is really dangerous ....
i think wm was smart, in this case timing is key
it doesnt really matter what i think of b1a4 members
hurtmybones 9th-Mar-2018 03:51 pm (UTC)
he's basically admitting to the rape in his messages, can't that be grounds for him to be investigated? I have no idea about how these things work in SK obviously, but hopefully this is enough for the police to get him. the fact that journalists know who it is but aren't naming him...

the victim has come out and said it's not someone from B1A4, CNBlue, Zea or Infinite as was speculated.
leinyan 9th-Mar-2018 05:36 pm (UTC)
where did they say that it wasn't people from those groups?
pbutterlion 9th-Mar-2018 04:57 pm (UTC)
OH god this is so terrible but as a fan i actually felt sick in my stomach and couldnt finish eating. if is sandeul i dont know,
i mean we cant trust men at all ever anywhere but if somebody with a image like his could be capable of doing something so disgusting i literally cant even imagine wht other male idols could be able to do. ugh

i feel so terrible for her. and for any other victims of these men that get famous and think they can do whatever they want. digusting.
jrt131n 9th-Mar-2018 05:20 pm (UTC)

They need to start releasing who the predators are because right now it's turning into a who done game. And tho I am very much for the #metoo moment i am not here for innocent people being thrown under the bus while the real monster is getting away scott free. I understand why the victim would conceal the name, in fear of legal action and whatnot against them but I say let people know who it is so we call drag this monster out in the open.

goshipgurl 9th-Mar-2018 05:27 pm (UTC)
like in this case, the victim has clear proof, so netizens won't be able to attack her for making stuff her.
leinyan 9th-Mar-2018 05:32 pm (UTC)
this story just got worse and worse. I can only assume that if this person has two victims then there is a chance there are others. I'm glad to know this person lost friends over it - it's not nearly enough but it's something.

I hope she's able to understand that what she did wasn't stupid, or wrong or anything like that. to have your trust broken like that by somebody you thought was a friend, there is no easy or obvious way to react to that.

I'm not really hopeful that this will lead to a change in the laws surrounding abuse or assault, but I think removing the statute of limitations would help somewhat.
miss_suunshinee 9th-Mar-2018 06:42 pm (UTC)
its been a busy week for b1a4 members ... here and there trying to clean their names

to think they're considered a nugu group, at least their statements seem legit
krissasaur 9th-Mar-2018 08:15 pm (UTC)
I don't know what I would do if it is Sandeul.
mjspice 9th-Mar-2018 08:39 pm (UTC)
undeniablysarah 9th-Mar-2018 10:20 pm (UTC)
We as women aren't safe anywhere. It is disgusting. May he rot in prison.

hurtmybones 10th-Mar-2018 12:22 am (UTC)
op should probably add this to the post

also I remember reading that journalists know who the post is about and his company has denied it but not openly so it's not out yet who the rapist is. anyone have a source on that?
goshipgurl 10th-Mar-2018 01:06 pm (UTC)
added it to the post
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