The Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency team investigating the allegations surrounding a chatroom involving Seungri, Jung Joon Young, Choi Jong Hoon, and other individuals, has confirmed that senior superintendent officer “A,” who is suspected of misusing his position to help cover up criminal activity, is an acquaintance of Yoo In Suk, the now former CEO of Yuri Holdings who was also in the group chatroom. “A” made the admission during his questioning on March 15.
On March 16, the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency stated, “The person in question has admitted to being acquaintances with Mr. Yoo, who was the CEO of Yuri Holdings. He admitted that they have gone golfing and eaten meals together.” They added that “A” then denied the allegations that he misused his position to help Mr. Yoo and other individuals avoid investigations or further scrutiny.
FNC Entertainment denies rumours that Lee Jong Hyun sexually harassed people
On March 16, FNC Entertainment responded to the rumors spreading online that CNBLUE’s Lee Jong Hyun had sexually harassed and/or sexually assaulted people.
The agency stated, “The rumors about Lee Jong Hyun on the Internet are not true. He has acknowledged what he did wrong and is reflecting on his mistakes. We intend to take strong legal action against the netizens who are spreading malicious and false information.”
The rumors were fueled by videos that allegedly showed Lee Jong Hyun inappropriately touching female singers and a DC Inside post from October 2018 that claimed Lee Jong Hyun had had sexual relations with not only female singers but female fans. The post also claimed that Lee Jong Hyun and Jung Joon Young had sexually assaulted an underage female fan by giving her a sleeping pill.
The post resurfaced after Lee Jong Hyun was revealed to have received illegally taken sexual videos of women in one-on-one chatrooms with Jung Joon Young and sexually objectified women in conversations with the same. FNC Entertainment released a statement in response to this report after initially denying any connection between Lee Jong Hyun and Jung Joon Young.
Choi Jong Hoon completes police questioning after 21 hours + responds to questions from the press
On March 17 at 6:45 a.m. KST, approximately 21 hours after he first arrived, Choi Jong Hoon left the police station to return home. The former FTISLAND member is currently under investigation by the police for allegedly spreading illegally taken photos and videos, after it was reported earlier this week that he had shared a photo of a woman sleeping in a group chatroom.
On his way out of the police station, Choi Jong Hoon commented, “I underwent the questioning faithfully and earnestly.”
When asked if he admitted to the charges that he had taken illegal photos and videos, he replied, “No. I’m sorry.”
Choi Jong Hoon has also fallen under suspicion of requesting that the police cover up news of his drunk driving incident, which only recently became public knowledge, back in 2016. When asked about the allegations, Choi Jong Hoon chose not to comment, saying simply, “I stated everything to the police.”
The press also asked him about his relationship to former senior superintendent officer Yoon, who was reportedly mentioned multiple times in the group chatroom that included him and Seungri, amongst others. The police previously confirmed on March 16 that Yoon has admitted to being acquaintances with Yoo In Suk, the former CEO of Yuri Holdings, who was also a member of the chatroom in question.
Choi Jong Hoon replied, “I have no connection [to the former officer].”
When asked if he had resorted to bribery in order to cover up his drunk driving incident, Choi Jong Hoon responded simply, “No.” When asked if he had made other requests to the police or if he had shared illegal footage of sexual activity in other group chatrooms, he similarly remarked, “No, I did not.”
Although the press continued to ask him questions as he arrived at his car, Choi Jong Hoon chose not to respond to any further questions before returning home.
Jung Joon Young reported to have been involved in investigation for hidden camera footage last year
On March 16, MBN reported that Jung Joon Young had been the target of an investigation from the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency’s Sophisticated Crime Investigation Unit about hidden camera footage in November 2018.
The 2018 investigation was separate from the investigation in 2016 when Jung Joon Young was accused by an ex-girlfriend of sexual assault. She later withdrew the charges.
The 2018 investigation was begun when the Sophisticated Crime Investigation Unit was tipped off by an informant. The accusation reportedly involved a number of female victims and more than one perpetrator. Moreover, it is alleged that the perpetrators coerced the female victims into sleeping with them by promising to help them find careers in the entertainment industry in exchange.
However, the Seoul Central District Prosecutor’s Office rejected the police’s request for a search and seizure warrant for a mobile phone restoration company that reportedly had the hidden camera footage. The police were told that they needed to conduct further investigation on the company, not just the informant.
When the police went to the company, the company informed them that they had the hidden camera footage but could not release them without a warrant. The police again requested the warrant, but the prosecutor’s office refused.
It is reported that the prosecutor’s office considered the case similar to the 2016 investigation and decided that a warrant was not necessary. However, the MBN reporters pointed out that the context and the number of victims was entirely different in the 2018 case.
In March 2019, SBS had reported possible police corruption in Jung Joon Young’s 2016 investigation. According to SBS, the police officer in charge of the case had requested that the digital forensics company get rid of Jung Joon Young’s cell phone, which was key evidence in the case.
Jung Joon Young is currently under investigation for filming and sharing illegal hidden camera footage of sexual acts. The current investigation began earlier this year when reports surfaced of chatrooms between male celebrities, CEOs, and non-celebrities that solicited prostitution, shared hidden camera footage, talked about bribing police officers, and more.
Cha Tae Hyun to step down from all programs due to gambling; apologises in formal statement
Following reports that he engaged in gambling with fellow “2 Days & 1 Night” member Kim Joon Ho, Cha Tae Hyun has officially announced that he will be stepping down from all of his programs.
On March 16, KBS 1TV’s “9 O’Clock News” reported that Cha Tae Hyun had shared proof of his gambling through text messages in the “2 Days & 1 Night” group chatroom, which were obtained through Jung Joon Young‘s phone.
The report revealed that on July 1, 2016, Cha Tae Hyun had shared several photos of cash in the group chat and boasted, “This is the money I won from betting on our golf game.” Later that same month, on July 19, Cha Tae Hyun shared another photo of cash and wrote, “Today, [Kim] Joon Ho won 2.6 million won [approximately $2,293], and I won 2.25 million won [approximately $1,984]… this is the money I won.”
On March 17, Cha Tae Hyun responded to the reports by issuing a formal letter of apology and announcing his plans to step down from all of his shows, including KBS 2TV’s “2 Days & 1 Night.”
Cha Tae Hyun’s full statement is as follows:
Hello. This is Cha Tae Hyun.
First, I’m incredibly sorry…
Contrary to what was said in the reports, I did not golf abroad. We golfed together in Korea, thinking it was a fun game, and I returned the money immediately at the time. Although it was something we did for fun, after seeing what I posted in the group chat, I feel overwhelmingly ashamed. As a public figure who has received lots of love, I consider [my actions] to be completely unacceptable.
I’m incredibly sorry to my fans, whom I have disappointed through this matter, and to the viewers who have given their love to “2 Days & 1 Night”…
I’m truly sorry that the other members [of “2 Days & 1 Night”] will be negatively affected by my behavior. Therefore, as of now, I intend to step down from all of my programs.
As the father of a family, I’m extremely sorry to my children and to my family, and I will take time to reflect on my own actions. I apologize.
Kim Joon Ho responds to illegal betting reports and announces departure from all programs
On March 16, KBS’s “9 O’Clock News” reported that Cha Tae Hyun and Kim Joon Ho participated in illegal betting while playing golf. The next day, Cha Tae Hyun wrote a formal letter of apology and announced that he will step down from all of his shows.
Later in the day, Kim Joon Ho spoke up through his agency. Below is a full translation of the statement:
Hello. This is JDB Entertainment.
We apologize for the concern we have caused due to yesterday’s report about comedian Kim Joon Ho’s golf gambling. Here is Kim Joon Ho’s official statement regarding the issue.
Hello. This is comedian Kim Joon Ho.
Firstly, I apologize for causing disappointment and concern to many people with a shameful event.
Contrary to the reports about golf gambling, I did not play golf overseas with my colleagues in 2016. [The betting] was also simply meant to make the game more entertaining, and we returned the money [to its original owner] at the site after the game was over.
As a public figure, and as the big brother of ‘2 Days & 1 Night,’ I should have set a good example, and I am deeply repenting on the fact that I was not able to do so. I fully realize that I am responsible for this issue and have decided to step down from all of my programs.
Furthermore, I hope there are no more misunderstandings and falsifications about my younger colleagues who are working hard for their broadcasts.
I will work harder to become a person with a greater sense of responsibility.
Once again, I deeply apologize for causing concern to many people.
In accordance, a source from KBS2’s “Gag Concert” stated, “According to the producers, all recordings of Kim Joon Ho will be edited out of today’s ‘Gag Concert’ broadcast,” and a source from tvN’s “Seoulmate 2” revealed, “‘Seoulmate 2’ was scheduled to end on March 25, and because we only have recordings of Kim Joon Ho at the studio, we will edit [him out of] the remaining two episodes.”
Meanwhile, KBS2’s “2 Days & 1 Night” announced that they will make an official statement on March 18 KST.
Song Da Eun shuts down rumours claiming she has ties to burning sun due to her friendship with Seungri
Actress Song Da Eun has expressed her position on the speculation that she might have something to do with the Burning Sun incident because of her friendship with Seungri.
On March 16, her label Ianent posted an official statement that reads as follows:
Hello, this is Ianent, actress Song Da Eun’s agency.
First of all, Song Da Eun has nothing to do with this series of events related to Burning Sun. The public has misinterpreted the fact due to her friendship with Seungri, but it is a groundless rumor. Now, due to these speculations, Song Da Eun is also suffering from material and mental damage.
Again, regarding the Burning Sun issue, Song Da Eun is not related at all.
We are collecting data on those who write and disseminate malicious or false information through internet postings or comments. If the act of defaming the actor’s reputation and character continues, it will be legally dealt with. We will continue to do our best to protect the rights and interests of our artists.
CEO Lee Moon Ho of Burning Sun defends himself against reports
Club Burning Sun’s CEO Lee Moon Ho shared his side of the story in a 20-minute phone interview with The Kyunghyang Shinmun.
He first spoke up on January 29 in an official statement with co-CEO Lee Sung Hyun that addressed a video suggesting a woman was being taken away to be sexual assaulted at Burning Sun. On February 4, he took to his Instagram and announced his club’s shut down.
Currently, CEO Lee Moon Ho continues to be investigated by the Narcotics Unit, Cybercrime Investigation Unit, and the Provincial Special Detective Division of the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency. After having four witness interviews with him, the police changed his status to that of a suspect in the fifth investigation when he tested positive in a drug test.
Regarding rumors that he had been investigated by the police in the past for injecting illegal drugs, he stated that they were false. The CEO said, “It was the first time in the 30 years of my life that I was questioned by the police for illegal drugs. There are various types of drugs. They say there are about six to eight different types of drugs that are distributed in Korea, and I was only tested positive for one of them. The results even said I had taken the drug in the last two months. My hair is about 15 centimeters long, and with this length, you can detect drugs that were taken one or two years ago. But there weren’t any drug-related substances [at the ends of my hair]. My testing positive also has room for debate.”
He explained his connection with Club Arena, saying, “Arena was created because of me. I was the general director, and President Kang supported me. I set up the general direction of Arena. At the time, I was also a sales representative at Arena and met Seungri there. I drew the plans for [Burning Sun] in order to become independent from Arena. Seungri is my friend, so I made the general plans for Burning Sun and asked him to join me. I own 10 percent of Burning Sun, and Seungri owns 20 percent. 50 percent (42 percent according to The Kyunghyang Shinmun) is owned by Cheonwon Industry.”
He continued, “Aren’t all of these suspicions related to Seungri about things that happened at Arena, not Burning Sun? I’m not the CEO of Arena. And if Seungri’s KakaoTalk messages from three years ago are a crime, aren’t all Korean men criminals? They were just joking, and it’s not like actual prostitution took place, [so do they deserve so much criticism?] And how would I be aware of the things that happened in 2015? I wasn’t even in the chatroom with Seungri that’s being discussed recently.”
He also defended himself against the rumors about women being drugged with gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB) and raped in Burning Sun. He said, “[If there are such victims], why are they not reporting to the police and only telling the press? If they file a lawsuit in the current situation, the perpetrator will be locked up, they’ll be compensated, and all legal punishments will be made, so why aren’t they suing?”
He continued saying, “Is there anyone saying they were investigated by the police as victims of rape? On the contrary, I caught the person who started the rumors that women were being raped with GHB [in Burning Sun] and turned them in to the police’s Cybercrime Investigation Unit. The lieutenant even thanked me. I’m actively cooperating with the police. These unconfirmed reports are too much. I wasn’t there when the Burning Sun assault happened, the results of my drug tests are questionable, and besides that, I have nothing else to be indicted for. And honestly, do you think drugs only circulate in Burning Sun?”
Sources: Naver (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11), Nate (1, 2, 3, 4), MBN via Soompi (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
jfc the Burning Sun CEO is the true embodiment of garbage