3:03 pm - 03/09/2018

Noted sexual abuser of 20+ victims, Jo Min Ki, found dead

According to reports, actor Jo Min Ki, who was recently hit with a wave of sexual harassment allegations, was found dead on March 9 at approximately 4 p.m. KST. Reports state that the actor was found in a storage room next to the basement parking garage of his apartment. He was discovered by his wife, who then called the police. Though emergency responders attempted to revive the actor as he was rushed to the emergency room, he was ultimately pronounced dead.

Police haven’t found any evidence of foul play, and are thus suspecting that the death was a suicide, although this is still being investigated. No suicide note was found at the scene of the death.

The first sexual harassment allegation against Jo Min Ki came on February 20, when a woman posted on an online community about Jo Min Ki’s sexual harassment of a student while he was a professor at Cheongju University. Though Jo Min Ki initially denied the allegations, actress Song Ha Neul and others came forward about his treatment of students, and he eventually apologized. Jo Min Ki was scheduled for questioning on March 12 at the Chungbuk police station.

Update:

The Chungbuk police station spoke to news and confirmed the news of the actor’s death. Police also stated that investigation into the sexual harassment allegations made against Jo Min Ki may come to a close: “Usually, in the event that the accused dies, the investigation ends with the case being forwarded to prosecution marked ‘no indictment.'”


Update 2:

After his death was confirmed, it came to light that Jo Min Ki had handwritten a letter and delivered it to the media outlet Dispatch on February 26. His agency decided not to release the letter and opted for an official statement of apology instead.

The letter reads:

“Everything is my fault, my crime.

I was caught off-guard by it all and as time passed that became increasingly difficult for me to bear, I became a cowardly person who evaded and denied the issue.

I am ashamed and sorry. During the past seven years, I had no choice but to become a stern professor to my juniors who had begun the difficult path to become an actor.

In private, I tried to let go of that sternness. I want to apologize from the bottom of my heart to the juniors who felt humiliated or ashamed in that situation.

I am both sorry to you and grateful that at least now I can repent of my arrogance and wrongdoing.

Finally, I apologize to Cheongju University and the students of the theater department who are still devoting themselves sincerely to their art.”


sources: soompi, khan.co, tvreport, naver, yonhapnews, soompi 2, sbs

asianjunkie has been doing a good job of keeping track with all of his accusations, just in case you want to know how much of a scumbag he was.
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goshipgurl 9th-Mar-2018 02:09 pm (UTC)
fuck him for taking the easy way out, i hope he burns in hell
modestgoddess79 9th-Mar-2018 02:29 pm (UTC)
He abused people for years and didn't want to pay for his crime. I hope the public doesn't turn against the victims.
nekobot 9th-Mar-2018 03:26 pm (UTC)
This is always such a concern when stuff like this happens. As if the victims haven't suffered enough the perps manage to make them suffer the consequences of yet another shitty action of theirs that wasn't their fault.
sparkb 9th-Mar-2018 02:29 pm (UTC)
Thats screwed up
vintage_boom 9th-Mar-2018 02:30 pm (UTC)
I can’t with these fuckers not being able to handle a fraction of the turmoil they caused countless women. Men are weak.
happydirections 9th-Mar-2018 04:38 pm (UTC)
it fucking angers me to no point
aures 9th-Mar-2018 02:32 pm (UTC)
i do feel sorry for his friends and family, just IMAGINE what they are going through right now
imagine finding out your partner's been abusing etc. 20+ ppl and then committing suicide
that must be awful

i hope the victims can find a time and place to make peace with their past and im not saying forgiving him but just that they can give it a place in their heart and mind and that they will be okay - i'm honestly praying for the best and my heart goes out to them, they deserve so much more and better
anconeous 9th-Mar-2018 02:37 pm (UTC)
UGH. Couldn't even man up to face the consequences of his actions. His poor family now left to deal with everything else. His victims not even given the closure they need.
torontok 9th-Mar-2018 02:42 pm (UTC)
This jackass was too much of a chickenshit to own up to his crimes, denied his victims closure AND fucked his family over. His poor wife was the one who found him.

I hope Satan has the welcome wagon ready and waiting for him/
rosiemotleymind 9th-Mar-2018 02:46 pm (UTC)
And nothing of value was lost.

My heart goes out to the victims and to his wife and family who are most likely going through a hard time as well. It sucks that this man has affected and possibly ruined people’s lives and decided to not face the consequences.
musicnkisses 9th-Mar-2018 02:48 pm (UTC)
Weak ass bitch.
I hope his victims can find comfort in this, but I don't recall if he ever apologized.
premonitioner 9th-Mar-2018 02:56 pm (UTC)
Trending on twitter earlier was 'even if you die, your crimes won't be forgiven' or something like it, it's gone from my twitter trending.
ashdevilrun23 9th-Mar-2018 03:48 pm (UTC)
Coward.
sra_interesante 9th-Mar-2018 03:49 pm (UTC)
my god ....
this isnt how i guessed things would end up
i dont feel sorry for him tbh at this point i only wonder if this would end up victims nightmare or just make everything worse

oh_folk 9th-Mar-2018 05:20 pm (UTC)
Fucking coward.
jrt131n 9th-Mar-2018 05:22 pm (UTC)

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