9:15 am - 04/05/2019

Jang Ja Yeon news round-up

Yoon Ji Oh clarifies that Jang Ja Yeon was sexually assaulted + did not willingly offer sexual favours

Yoon Ji Oh, a witness to the late Jang Ja Yeon’s sexual abuse case, strongly denied that Jang Ja Yeon had bribed men in power through sexual favors.

Yoon Ji Oh was Jang Ja Yeon’s former colleague who witnessed Jang Ja Yeon being sexually assaulted and saw her preparing documents before her death. Jang Ja Yeon died by suicide back in March 2009, leaving behind a final letter revealing that she had been forced to sexually entertain powerful figures in the business and media sectors.

On March 21, Yoon Ji Oh took to her Instagram to talk about certain news outlets that reported about Jang Ja Yeon’s case as one of sexual bribery, which falsely suggests that the late actress willingly took part in sexual acts for personal gains.

She said, “I have never given sexual favors as bribes, and the same is true for [Jang Ja Yeon]. If I had taken part in such activities or had been sexually assaulted myself, I would have been able to give a clearer testimony as a living witness. Also, I was able to make it all the way here because I am one of the central figures who saw the document, which is not a will, and because I am a witness of the sexual assault.”

She told the outlets, “You reported that she provided ‘sexual favors as bribes,’ but did you confirm that such activities had taken place? If you did, then the media, police, and prosecution must know about the injustice experienced by [Jang Ja Yeon] and should clearly disclose it. It was ‘sexual assault,’ not ‘sexual bribery,’ and her tarnished reputation must be recovered. The secondary damages irresponsibly caused by the media to [Jang Ja Yeon] and myself must be remedied.”

Lee Mi Sook responds to reports of her involvement in late Jang Ja Yeon's case

On March 22, Lee Mi Sook officially responded to reports that suspected her of being directly involved in the death of the late actress Jang Ja Yeon.

The following is the full statement from Lee Mi Sook:

Hello, this is Lee Mi Sook.

First, I apologize for causing many people to worry due to unfortunate events. I would like to carefully deliver my statement regarding reports of [my involvement in the case of] the late Jang Ja Yeon.

I was being careful because I worried that each and every word I speak about the rookie actress, who faced a tragic death at such an early age, would be distorted and edited to be taken in as gossip instead of being used to reveal the truth.

I also think that the death of the late actress Jang Ja Yeon is unfortunate. I am willing to undergo additional questioning if it’s needed in the process of revealing the truth behind the death. However, I believe that an investigation that can be approved by all citizens of Korea and that will recover the reputation of the late actress should take place.

I will do my best so that there will not be any misunderstanding nor suspicion left regarding the death of the late Jang Ja Yeon. Thank you.


TV Chosun denies reports of their former CEO's involvement with Jang Ja Yeon

News outlet TV Chosun denied reports of their former CEO Bang Jung Oh getting in touch with the late actress Jang Ja Yeon before her death.

On March 21, KBS reported through their “News 9” that the Investigative Team of Past Affairs at the Supreme Prosecutors’ Office confirmed that phone calls were exchanged between former TV Chosun CEO Bang Jung Oh and the late Jang Ja Yeon. The outlet further reported that the team also secured a testimony that Chosun Ilbo put pressure on the police in order to delete the alleged call records between the two.

Bang Jung Oh is the second son of Chosun Ilbo CEO Bang Sang Hoon. He resigned from his position as the CEO of TV Chosun in November 2018 following an incident where his 10-year-old daughter was caught abusing the family’s personal chauffeur.

He is also reportedly on the list of people the late Jang Ja Yeon claimed she was forced into sexually entertaining along with his uncle Bang Yong Hoon, as well as other figures in the business and media world.

The following is the official statement from TV Chosun:

On March 21, KBS reported during their “News 9” that “The Investigative Team of Past Affairs at the Supreme Prosecutors’ Office secured a call history between former TV Chosun CEO Bang Jung Oh and Jang Ja Yeon, and a testimony from a source that Chosun Ilbo put pressure on the police in order to delete the records.”

However, there is no truth to former CEO Bang [Jung Oh] talking on the phone with Ms. Jang, and it is also not true that Chosun Ilbo put pressure on the police.

Former CEO Bang [Jung Oh] plans to make a request to the Press Arbitration Commission for correction of the news and take legal action against the reporter who reported fake news.


Yoon Ji Oh plans to take legal action against malicious commenters

Yoon Ji Oh will be taking strong legal action against malicious commenters.

Yoon Ji Oh was Jang Ja Yeon’s former colleague who witnessed Jang Ja Yeon being sexually assaulted and saw her preparing documents before her death. Jang Ja Yeon died by suicide back in March 2009, leaving behind a final letter revealing that she had been forced to sexually entertain powerful figures in the business and media sectors.

On March 24, Yoon Ji Oh uploaded screenshots of malicious comments to her Instagram and stated that she will take legal action against those who posted the comments. One of the commenters stated that Yoon Ji Oh did not seem to be speaking up for the sake of Jang Ja Yeon, suggesting that Yoon Ji Oh had other motives in mind.

The next day, she uploaded a screenshot of a direct message from the commenter apologizing for posting the comment.

Yoon Ji Oh responded through the caption on the post, “I will forgive you, but you will have to take responsibility for the things you said carelessly. You may know my face and my name, but it’s not right for you to talk as if you know my whole life.”

She added, “I will persistently survive and make people take legal responsibility for the unjust and offensive things that happen to me both online and offline. You should not say or do things that you cannot take responsibility for.”

Yoon Ji Oh responds to Lee Mi Sook's statement on Jang Ja Yeon's case + says there are more witnesses

Yoon Ji Oh has shared her thoughts on Lee Mi Sook’s recent statement, as well as said that there are more witnesses to Jang Ja Yeon’s sexual abuse case.

As a former colleague of Jang Ja Yeon, Yoon Ji Oh witnessed her being sexually assaulted and saw her preparing documents before her death. Jang Ja Yeon died in 2009 and left behind a list of powerful figures in the business and media industries that she had been forced to entertain.

After 10 years of giving testimony to police prosecutors, Yoon Ji Oh has recently been conducting many interviews with the press and talking publicly about the case via social media and other channels. On March 26, Yoon Ji Oh appeared on the KBS1 cultural affairs program “Every Detail” (literal translation).

During the show, Yoon Ji Oh said, “The reason that I have no choice but to come out and talk about this publicly is that almost nothing has changed in the past 10 years. I decided that if I were to come out and talk publicly, then it would give a bit more power to my comments.”

Lee Mi Sook, a fellow actress under Jang Ja Yeon’s agency, initially claimed no knowledge of her in 2009. Recently, Dispatch questioned her statement in a report and Yoon Ji Oh called for her (and their former labelmate Song Sun Mi) to share her own testimony. Lee Mi Sook has since issued a statement saying that she was being cautious because she was worried that her words would be distorted, and she said she will undergo additional questioning if required.

Yoon Ji Oh said during this latest interview that Lee Mi Sook is only one of the witnesses that she is aware of.

“She is one of them,” she clarified. “Of the people that I know of, there are five more actors in total, not including Lee Mi Sook, who worked in the entertainment industry, the same industry, who were possibly closer with [Jang Ja Yeon] than I was. There are five people in addition to Lee Mi Sook who know what happened.”

Yoon Ji Oh went on to say, “I am very sorry to Lee Mi Sook; I had no choice but to mention her directly. She accepted my plea and said she would take part in the investigation, and so I’m very grateful.”

She said she is cautious about mentioning the names of other witnesses because she is aware of how big a risk it is for them. She urged them to help in the investigations even if they do so without disclosing it to the public, sharing that they can take part in the investigation with a false name and at a location that is not a public institution. She emphasized that these people have greater knowledge than her of what happened.

Yoon Ji Oh takes preventive measures against potential wrongful death + gives English speech about her work

Yoon Ji Oh has shared a document that proves the good state of her mental health.

The actress is a former colleague of the late Jang Ja Yeon, and she witnessed her being sexually assaulted and saw her preparing documents before her death. Jang Ja Yeon died in 2009 and left behind a list of powerful figures in the business and media industries that she had been forced to entertain.

Yoon Ji Oh has spent 10 years giving testimony to police prosecutors about Jang Ja Yeon’s case, and she recently has been conducting interviews with the press, talking publicly via social media, and urging other witnesses to come forward.

She has stated that Jang Ja Yeon did not have an autopsy and clarified that the “final letter” left by Jang Ja Yeon was not a suicide note, but rather simply a document. Yoon Ji Oh has also been updating her Instagram account regularly to update those concerned about her safety.

Warning: discussion of suicide.

On March 27, Yoon Ji Oh posted a certificate of medical records to her Instagram and wrote the following:

I have received a certificate of a copy of my medical records, which I mentioned on a broadcast.

I have received a certificate of my medical records that can have clear legal power and serve as proof of my examination at the hospital by a clinical psychologist who has achieved certification as level one in mental health clinical psychology. The examination lasted more than four hours and I filled in a questionnaire for about three hours over a broadcast.

The reason that I’m going this far is that out of the actors who worked with the CEO of the same agency as Jang Ja Yeon and me, there are three more in addition to her who were revealed to have died by suicide. Those three were all discovered in their homes in the same way with no suicide note.

Two people who also had been working hard to ascertain the truth regarding to the death died by suicide… An investigator also passed away after an accidental death in which he drowned at a fishing spot [where the water] didn’t even come up to his chest.

I am accompanied 24 hours a day by security guards so that I will not be defeated under the disguise of an accidental death, and since it could be disguised as suicide, I have checked my mental state in this manner with those who specialize in psychiatry, secured a record, have sent it to the legal counsel, and will send it to the Committee of Past Affairs.

I want to be remembered as Yoon Ji Oh who has a strong will to live.

Please don’t be too worried now. As a Korean, for as long as I am in Korea I will devote my whole self to surviving and giving my testimony.

I bow my head and express my sincere gratitude to the many people who are working hard to help me survive by showing their interest.

‘Somewhere under the stars God has a job for you to do and nobody else can do it.’
– Horace Bushnell

I think that He has assigned me a job that only I can do. Also I think I’m so lucky that He sent her to my side. I’m so grateful that I’m someone who was by her side.

Watch over me. I’ll do my best to protect her. Please watch over me.


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For the last ten years, my experiences were only a small fraction of the entire entertainment world in Korea. I am afraid and concerned of sharing my experiences because it could effect public perception of the KPOP and Korean entertainers. Therefore, all of citizens of Korea have the right to know about the truth behind of my 15 testimonials. I am grateful and empowered that my testimonials has caught the attention of people all around the world. It is not my intention to deliver sadness to public by sharing my experience. The truth must be revealed and identified. I am trying to be vocal as loud as possible, hoping that the one who is guilty of crime to experience shame. Unfortunately, the more I try to raise my voice out loud, it increasingly made myself more difficult to have normal safe life in Korea. That is the reason that I’ve moved to Canada. Through countless counselling sessions and psychotherapies in Canada, I finally have became healthy again, both mentally and physically. What I’ve noticed in Canada, is that the victims or witnesses are well protected and respected in most cases. The act of revealing the identity of suspects in testimonials are taken very seriously by the justice system itself, and the society in general. After realizing differences between Korea and Canada, I had to do something. I’ve decided to make my knowledge more public in Korea. Part of the reason is that I still have a hope in Korea to change. I hope the people in my situation could feel safe, secure and be respected, for their integrity and bravery. After the testimonials, I have been victimized of various risks and threats, even after relocating myself to Canada. However, I believe that it is my responsibility to endure the hardships, becaus it is my own choice. I would appreciate your support and attention for stronger Korea. . . . #jangjayeon #witness #geoyun #korea #canada #with_you #나는_흰색을_좋아합니다 #장자연 #동료 #증인 #윤지오

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Yoon Ji Oh mentions specific detail about Jang Ja Yeon's document for the first time in 10 years

Yoon Ji Oh shared more details regarding the late actress Jang Ja Yeon’s document.

On March 28 broadcast of KBS1’s “Tonight Kim Jae Dong,” Yoon Ji Oh discussed more about the late actress Jang Ja Yeon and the document she prepared before her death, and mentioned that there are two lines from the document that could be the key point of the case.

The actress had also brought up the same point while she was being questioned by the Investigative Team of Past Affairs at the Supreme Prosecutors’ Office as a witness on March 27. This was Yoon Ji Oh’s first time to mention specific parts of the document in 10 years.

During her first appearance in the show on March 19, Yoon Ji Oh stated that despite these two lines from Jang Ja Yeon’s document being an important factor in the case, the police did not conduct any form of investigation regarding them.

Yoon Ji Oh said, “These two lines [from the document] were 100 percent written by the late actress herself. It went through a handwriting analysis and was even submitted as a document to the police and prosecution. However, they have never been revealed to the media.” She continued, “The word ‘threat’ is clearly stated in these two lines.”

Yoon Ji Oh also discussed the possibility of Jang Ja Yeon being drugged at the time. The actress said, “The late actress’s action [at the time] was not something that resulted from simply being drunk. Instead, it was a situation where she was forced to commit such acts against her own will because she had consumed a drink that had been spiked with drugs.”

When Kim Jae Dong asked if the two lines from the document include the fact that Jang Ja Yeon unknowingly consumed something other than alcohol, Yoon Ji Oh answered, “Yes. It is implied.”

Yoon Ji Oh is Jang Ja Yeon’s former colleague who witnessed the late actress being sexually assaulted and saw her preparing documents before her death. Jang Ja Yeon died by suicide back in March 2009, leaving behind a final letter revealing that she had been forced to sexually entertain powerful figures in the business and media sectors.

Yoon Ji Oh has been fighting for her former colleague for 10 years by giving testimonies to police prosecutors. She’s recently started to conduct interviews with the press, talking publicly via social media, and urging other witnesses to come forward.

The actress also clarified that the “final letter” left by Jang Ja Yeon was not a suicide note, but a document. Yoon Ji Oh also recently announced that she took preventive measures against potential wrongful death and gave a speech in English about her work.

Yoon Ji Oh creates government petition after failing to receive proper police protection

Yoon Ji Oh recently revealed through a government petition that she has not received help from the police despite requesting personal protection.

On March 30, Yoon Ji Oh created a petition titled “Hello, this is witness Yoon Ji Oh” and shared the petition through her social media account.

Read Yoon Ji Oh’s full statement below:

Hello, this is witness Yoon Ji Oh.

First of all, I will only introduce myself as ‘witness Yoon Ji Oh’ because I believe that the case, which has been connected with the deceased’s name, should be corrected to one named after the perpetrator, not the victim.

It’s true that life as a witness and the only witness in 10 years has not been so easy, nor so smooth. The reason why I’m writing this today is because the location tracking device and emergency call smartwatch that the police gave me for my protection does not work, and it’s been 9 hours and 39 minutes since I reported it. It’s hard to even say anything about the deep despair and disappointment I feel towards the irresponsible police I haven’t been able to contact in any way even until now.

I pressed the call button three times in total, and the initial call time was 5:55 a.m. I’ve broadcast the entire process of my personal protection, and many of you have become witnesses.

The reason why I pressed the call button is because last time, I constantly heard a suspicious and annoying mechanical noise near the wall, and this morning, I heard the same sound near the ceiling of the bathroom, instead of the wall. The strings on the air vents were also deliberately cut sharply by someone, and I heard the sound repeated several times. The previous day, the lock on the door was suddenly broken and unable to be locked nor moved, so I had to get it fixed. When I checked the door again, I found traces of fluid that looked like gas flowing from the top of the door frame. A few days ago, when I opened the door, my bodyguards and I detected a strange gas smell. Due to various suspicions and my restless emotions, my days of sleeping less than even an hour have continued, and I’ve pressed the call button due to the recurring sounds. Now 9 hours and 47 minutes have passed since the emergency call button was pressed, and [the police] has yet to contact me.

As one of the Korean citizens who should be protected by the Korean nation, I demand an explanation and an apology from the police, because the situation I am in is no longer acceptable. I respectfully request that all victims and witnesses who need protection from the five major violent crimes be properly protected and that the workforce policy be improved. At present, I feel that I am not being protected at all, and that I can’t be protected by the country, so I’m working with private security guards 24 hours a day.

The people who viewed this as an unfortunate matter wanted to help, and I opened a bank account for donations with reporter Lee Sang Ho for several hours during a broadcast, but the bank account was closed in a matter of hours. I was able to learn about donation laws and donations through the city hall and its legal counsel, and I am currently applying for Story Funding because I learned that I am not eligible to receive sponsorships. We are also working on establishing a non-profit organization.

I am one of the citizens of Korea. I’ve lived under this injustice, and after seeing numerous situations that haven’t improved, I’m overwhelmed by the thought of just how many victims there were in the past and the time they’ve spent suffering in unreasonable circumstances and environments. Please think over this plea in depth. I hope that there will be no further damage, and that all victims and witnesses are able to live comfortably. I also want to say that the protection facilities and countermeasure policies should be improved to ensure accurate testimony.

I can live in Canada and get a citizenship, but my last pride of wanting to live as a Korean until the day I die is falling apart. I beg you to use your power to create an environment of protection so that many of you can live a better life due to my sacrifice.


Over 230,000 people have signed Yoon Ji Oh’s petition as of 2:30 p.m. KST on March 31. If a petition receives 200,000 participants within 30 days, a government official must give an official reply within a month.

The actress is a former colleague of the late Jang Ja Yeon, and she witnessed her being sexually assaulted and saw her preparing documents before her death. Jang Ja Yeon died in 2009 and left behind a list of powerful figures in the business and media industries that she had been forced to entertain.

Yoon Ji Oh has spent 10 years giving testimony to police prosecutors about Jang Ja Yeon’s case, and she recently has been conducting interviews with the press, talking publicly via social media, and urging other witnesses to come forward.

TV Chosun denies reports of ties between former CEO and Jang Ja Yeon + announces to take legal action

TV Chosun has once again denied ties between their former CEO Bang Jung Oh and the late actress Jang Ja Yeon.

On April 2, news outlet The Hankyoreh reported that the Investigative Team of Past Affairs at the Supreme Prosecutors’ Office secured a testimony that Bang Jung Oh is deeply connected to the case involving the death of Jang Ja Yeon.

According to the report, a person identified as Mr. Kim revealed that in 2014, he overheard Bang Jung Oh talking about a woman he frequently met up with and contacted in 2008 or 2009, who later died by suicide. Bang Jung Oh also reportedly talked about asking a personal favor to an acquaintance to cover up the incident.

Mr. Kim also testified that he heard Bang Jung Oh talking about an acquaintance known as Mr. H, who made it seem like someone other than the former CEO was entertained, so “the case was covered up nicely.”

It is reported that Bang Jung Oh and Mr. Kim became close after meeting at a gathering in 2014. Mr. Kim is currently serving time for charges of committing fraud by overstating his sales to receive investment money. He was sentenced to nine years in prison.

Another acquaintance known as Mr. O, who has known Bang Jung Oh for almost 10 years, also testified about the alleged connection between the former TV Chosun CEO and Jang Ja Yeon. According to Mr. O, he heard from Mr. H that Bang Jung Oh exchanged a phone call with Jang Ja Yeon prior to her death.

Bang Jung Oh is the second son of Chosun Ilbo CEO Bang Sang Hoon. He resigned from his position as the CEO of TV Chosun in November 2018 following an incident where his 10-year-old daughter was caught abusing the family’s personal chauffeur.

He is also reportedly on the list of people the late Jang Ja Yeon claimed she was forced to sexually entertain along with his uncle Bang Yong Hoon, as well as other figures in the business and media world.

On March 25, TV Chosun denied Bang Jung Oh’s involvement with Jang Ja Yeon following reports that the former CEO got in touch with the late actress prior to her death and put pressure on the police to delete the alleged call records between the two.

The following is the full statement from TV Chosun:

The Hankyoreh’s report on April 2, which stated that former TV Chosun CEO Bang Jung Oh frequently contacted and met up with the late Jang Ja Yeon and that he asked a personal favor to cover up the case, is not true at all.

Mr. H and Mr. O, who The Hankyoreh quoted, are also denying making the comments that were stated in the report. We plan to take legal action against The Hankyoreh for releasing fake news based on inaccurate words from people such as a person who is serving time for charges of fraud.


Lee Mi Sook confirmed to decline offer for upcoming drama

Actress Lee Mi Sook will not be starring in SBS’s “Secret Boutique.”

On April 3, Lee Mi Sook’s agency explained, “It has been decided that she will not be starring in ‘Secret Boutique.'” They clarified, “She is not stepping down; she is declining [the offer,]” to address reports that Lee Mi Sook was stepping down from the drama due to the mental burden from her involvement with Jang Ja Yeon’s case.

Earlier, it was reported that Lee Mi Sook was in talks to star in the drama “Secret Boutique,” which will tell the story of Jenny Jang, a self-made woman who becomes the successful owner of a boutique, which is actually a small law firm that helps settle the matters of the upper class privately. However, Jenny Jang aspires to become the owner of Deo Company someday. If Lee Mi Sook had accepted the role, she would have played the role of Kim Yeo Ok, the CEO of Deo Company. Meanwhile, Kim Sun Ah and Kim Jae Young have been confirmed to star in the drama which is expected to broadcast in July with Kim Sun Ah as the role of Jenny Jang.

Reports also added that since the drama will being filming in April, the production staff will be looking to find a different actress for the important role soon.

Recently, the public also expressed their curiosity as to whether Lee Mi Sook would also be stepping down from MBN’s “Learn Today,” especially as she recently did not attend a pre-recording for the program due to personal reasons. However, MBN quickly addressed the rumors that she would be leaving the show by stating that she was not being replaced.

Lee Mi Sook recently gained the public’s attention due to reports that suspected her of being involved in the death of the late actress Jang Ja Yeon. Following the reports, Yoon Ji Oh, who claims that she witnessed Jang Ja Yeon preparing documents before her death, called out Lee Mi Sook and Song Sun Mi for stating that they have no knowledge regarding Jang Ja Yeon’s case. Near the end of March, Lee Mi Sook revealed through her agency, “I plan to receive [investigation] if further investigation is necessary regarding the late Jang Ja Yeon’s case.”

Yoon Ji Oh calls out prosecutor for doubting her testimonies about Jang Ja Yeon's case

Yoon Ji Oh, a witness to Jang Ja Yeon’s sexual assault case, has responded to the claims made by prosecutor A, who was in charge of the investigation surrounding the document left behind by the late actress.

On April 3, Yoon Ji Oh uploaded a screenshot of a news outlet interview with prosecutor A.

A told the outlet that it was difficult to believe Yoon Ji Oh’s testimonies because they had inconsistencies and contradictions. The prosecutor further claimed that Yoon Ji Oh was unable to remember what the assaulter was wearing and said, “The press states that Yoon Ji Oh is the only witness, but at the time, there was Yoon Ji Oh, Jang Ja Yeon, Mr. Cho (former Chosun Ilbo reporter who was indicted on charges of sexually assaulting Jang Ja Yeon), and three to four other people. Those three to four other people are saying different things from Yoon Ji Oh, and even those who were much closer to Jang Ja Yeon have said, ‘I have not heard about [her] providing sexual favors or being sexually assaulted.'”

Below is the full translation of Yoon Ji Oh’s response on Instagram:

Not a day passes by quietly. Hey, prosecutor A. If you carried out the investigation poorly, please take part in the interview with your real name. I remember you as the prosecutor at the one investigation in which I identified a different person as the assaulter and the prosecutor who kept bringing up the shoe color during the hypnotic investigation.

Was I the one who identified the suspect? When I was first shown the photos, the current defendant’s (Mr. Cho’s) photo was not there, so I could not identify him. I remembered the suspect as someone who works in journalism. The police pegged a suspect based on the suspects’ business cards, so that’s why I consistently named him as the suspect in my testimonies. The current defendant then came, and I thought ‘He’s finally here.’ The person in my memory was the same, but the person I identified changed.

To start off, I couldn’t choose [the suspect] because I wasn’t given proper information about the suspects, and the police selected the suspect based on their business cards. [You’re saying] I identified someone else after the [previously chosen suspect’s] alibi was proven? It doesn’t even make sense to tell me about the alibi, and you should not be doing so.

Why are you taking part in the interview anonymously and telling me to take responsibility when you’re the one that carried out the investigation poorly? It wouldn’t even be enough to receive an apology from the prosecutor that was in charge of the poor investigation, so I’m feeling very unpleasant and insulted.

My testimony about the individuals and situation is the only one that’s consistent, and the testimonies of the other witnesses and defendant are wrong. I first said I wasn’t there, and then I corrected myself because it fit with the alibi. The lie detector detected a lie, but it was used as reference, not evidence, and the countless hypnotic investigations I underwent should be used as reference, not evidence. I talked about the color of the shoes while hypnotized, and I was obviously not able to remember the shoe color after waking up. Isn’t it less credible that I would remember something I said while hypnotized?

If I knew this would happen, I should have become either a judicial officer, a member of the National Assembly, or a businessperson who can possess power. I lament having wanted to become an actor.

I remember you as the person who said that hypnotic investigation and suspect identification are not credible, but what do you think of the current reinvestigations by the Committee of Past Affairs? Are you insulting them too? You should be repenting on the past. Is the law a joke to you?

When I think back on what the police and prosecution did in the past, I can’t trust any governmental body. Why would I say untruthful things at the age of 21 not long after [Jang Ja Yeon’s] funeral, testify countlessly from late night to morning, and have reporters everywhere when I go to school, work, home, and any other place I go? It seems like you’re not understanding the essential reason why I’m testifying.

If you’re confident, you should participate in the interview under you real name, speak properly about the situation, and admit to the poor investigation that was acknowledged by the police. I hope you realize that it’s because of people like you that good judicial officers are being misunderstood, and that’s why my current prosecutors, who I’m thankful for, are having a hard time. As a judicial officer who should say the right things, please speak properly.


Lee Mi Sook attends questioning about late Jang Ja Yeon's case

Lee Mi Sook voluntarily attended questioning at the Prosecutor’s Office about the late Jang Ja Yeon’s sexual assault case.

Lee Mi Sook, along with Yoon Ji Oh and Song Sun Mi, was part of the same agency as the late actress at the time of the incident. Yoon Ji Oh, who witnessed Jang Ja Yeon being sexually assaulted, called on her senior actress Lee Mi Sook to speak up as a witness several times recently.

A report from last month suggested that Lee Mi Sook was directly involved in the death of Jang Ja Yeon, and Lee Mi Sook responded that she was willing to undergo any additional questioning if necessary.

On April 4, Lee Mi Sook’s agency Sidus HQ released an official statement about the actress undergoing questioning. Below is the full statement:

On April 3, Lee Mi Sook voluntarily went to the the Seoul Eastern District Prosecutor’s Office and faithfully participated in the questioning.

Lee Mi Sook is hoping that the late actress Jang Ja Yeon’s reinvestigation will progress smoothly so that her reputation can be recovered. She is looking forward to seeing the truth being clearly revealed, especially since the suspicions surrounding the case have lasted over 10 years.

We plead that you refrain from posting speculative articles and comments that can hurt our agency’s actress until the results of the investigation are clearly announced.


Source: Naver (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12), KBS News, Sports Seoul, 사사건건|KBS1TV, ohmabella on Instagram, President of the Republic of Korea Official Website via Soompi (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12)

Here are the updates for the Jang Ja Yeon case. Mods, should we have a separate tag for Jang Ja Yeon now?
binderwritings 5th-Apr-2019 03:01 am (UTC)
I've been keeping up with some updates and supposedly Yoon ji oh was told she didn't have to worry about being abducted because she's too tall.

The police don't seem like they're taking her seriously and I wouldn't be surprised if they don't actually do anything despite reopening the case.
donutism 5th-Apr-2019 03:10 am (UTC)
i fear for her, the police clearly cannot be trusted. i really hope justice is served.
chloe1910 5th-Apr-2019 05:06 am (UTC)
I teared reading her March 27's instangram post. She is so courages and strong. I hope finally, SK government will really investigate and get the whole true story out and catch all the bastards involved in this.

Pray hard for her safety.
tungatunga 5th-Apr-2019 07:04 am (UTC)
She is amazing for keeping this case in public eyes, but I wonder if there is something they can find after 10 yrs to prove her claims to the point of criminal prosecution?
With JJY and Seungri there are digital evidence of their crimes, but here unless someone sitting on some text messages or videos, it's all speculative "he said, she said", nothing that high paid lawyers can't shred in court.
gathyou 5th-Apr-2019 08:04 am (UTC)
Yoon Ji Oh is so strong. I hope she stays safe. There's a clear risk for her and I'm pissed that the police isn't taking it seriously. Glad that she hired guards herself, but not that it was her only option to do it by herself :(

Thank you OP for making this round up <3
lizanka23 5th-Apr-2019 09:29 am (UTC)
i'm glad she called out the prosecutor for their bullshit and got that actress to testify. the statement from mi sook's agency is so telling though. we're doing this to clear her reputation but no word about what happened to jang jayeon and feeling sorry about it. everyone is trying to keep their career in the industry so they want to go back to pretending like this case never happened
aures 5th-Apr-2019 10:11 am (UTC)
thank you for this
xoxkenzxox 5th-Apr-2019 02:47 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for the updates. It sounds like Yoon Ji Oh is doing her best to make sure this stays in the public mind and that's good.
daynr 5th-Apr-2019 08:27 pm (UTC)
This is so sad, I feel for all the women who are scared, but also Yoon Ji Oh is pretty amazing.

Thank you OP.
apathycollusion 6th-Apr-2019 01:48 am (UTC)
Justice for Jang Ja Yeon. I wish proper punishment was allocated to the perpetrators :/

Also I wish the full list of the gross perpetrators were revealed and brought to prison. But it was burned down before all the names could escape. Such a sad situation all around.
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