juhli (juhli) wrote in omonatheydidnt,

(TW) Kim Gun Mo Announces Legal Action Against YouTube Channel Accusing Him Of Sexual Assault

On December 6th, Lawyer Kang Yong Suk and former reporter Kim Yong Ho shared a story about Kim Gun Mo’s alleged sexual assault through the YouTube channel Garo Sero Institute (literal title). (Kang Yong Suk created the channel and both regularly appear as hosts in videos about entertainment and political news on the channel.) Kang Yong Suk and Kim Yong Ho said that they got their story directly from the victim, a woman referred to as “A.”

Lawyer Kang Yong Suk said "A woman who was sexually assaulted by Kim Gun Mo contacted me directly by email and I met with her twice."

According to them, “A” works as an employee of an entertainment bar in the Nonhyeon neighborhood of Gangnam, Seoul. “A” told them that she met Kim Gun Mo for the first time on the day of the alleged assault when he came to the bar as a customer.

Kang Yong Suk and Kim Yong Ho said, “[The victim told us that] Kim Gun Mo arrived alone at 1 a.m. wearing a Batman t-shirt. He didn’t drink hard liquor but ordered soju and drank that instead. The victim drew a plan of the inside of the host bar for us, and said Kim Gun Mo was in Room No. 9 at that time.”

[Trigger warning - description of sexual assault]They continued, “The victim was the eighth woman to enter the room that Kim Gun Mo was in, but he told all the other women to leave and told the waiter not to let anyone else in. He then told the victim to come into the private bathroom, which was attached to the room in a special enclosed area. He then forced her into oral sex. Afterwards, he put her on the sofa and started sexually assaulting her.”

Kang Yong Suk and Kim Yong Ho said, “We asked her why she didn’t scream for help, and she said that there were 17 rooms and no one would have heard her if she tried. (op note: a different translation says "I did. There are 17 rooms so I think no one heard me.") "

"It was important for us to verify the truth through concrete details, so we have secured a lot of evidence. It’s obvious what Kim Gun Mo’s response will be, so we can’t reveal the evidence on broadcast.”

The two ended the live broadcast on the YouTube channel by saying an official complaint will be filed on December 9.

Later that day, a source from Kim Gun Mo's agency stated, “The suspicions of sexual assault reported by Garo Sero Institute are untrue. We will confer with a lawyer about taking legal action against spreading false rumors and defamation of character.”

Kim Gun Mo is a veteran singer-songwriter and one of the most popular artists from the 1990s. He recently announced his upcoming marriage. The show "My Ugly Duckling" decided to air his appearance as planned. (the episode showed him proposing to his pianist girlfriend Jang Ji Yeon.

[netizens][+14,784, -1,557] It wasn't clear why he hastily postponed the wedding but looks like this was why ㅋㅋ ㅋㅋㅋ ㅋㅋㅋ ㅋㅋㅋ ㅋㅋ Bye Bye Gun Mo. You're an old man now anyway so just work on maintaining your health ㅋㅋㅋ ㅋㅋㅋ ㅋㅋㅋ
[+11,583, -289] This is how scary karma is. You can work hard for 40 years and then at the height of your career for the past to come back at you like a boomerang...If you did wrong just face your guilt and retire quietly..
[+8,900, -341] If you sinned in your past life just live quietly. Don't be noisy with your marriage and upset your soon to be bride at a time when she's supposed to the most happiest and blessed. Seeing as how the wedding got postponed he must've tried to get ahead of it but the evidence was too strong.
[+5,465, -251] It looks like Kim Gun Mo's office is not a place for work but rather a place where women are rotated for sex. The waitress barely did any "waitress" work, the restaurant is located in an underground location and the women were forced to have sex with him and were sexually assaulted in toilets, etc. ? Seems like a place of constant anxiety for the women. They must've teamed up and decided to report it so that he can no longer hide behind his clean image.
[+4,265, -97] So he got to play with a bar girl while planning a wedding to marry a well-to-do and educated family's daughter ㅋㅋ Jealous
[+2,816, -79] Kim Gun Mo has been famous for this in the entertainment industry...it just that his bubble burst late ㅋㅋ
[+2,753, -85] So Kim Gun Mo's main talent is taking women down in a bathroom floor and treating them like dogs telling them to come and go. All these celebrities that hang out with this pig are all the same.

source: @soompi, soompi 1 2, naver 1 2 3 4 5 6, dailynaver
Tags: netizens, sexual harassment / sexual assault, social media/youtube, variety show
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