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Law firm in charge of representing plaintiff in Lee Jin Wook's alleged sexual assault case suddenly withdraws

By jubilantj   Sunday, July 24, 2016   31,815   1,027   47



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Police are reportedly focusing their investigations on the possibility that the woman involved in Lee Jin Wook's alleged sexual assault case pressed false charges against the actor. 

Suseo Police Station, the branch of Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency (SMPA) in charge of this case, announced on July 24 that they have summoned the woman to the station on July 22 and 23 to interrogate her for a second time. 

Furthermore, Hyunjae, the law firm which was in charge of representing the woman, stated that it will "no longer serve as a legal rep" to her. 

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Hyunjae explained that the "difference in opinion regarding dealing with the investigation and developments of the case which led to a serious breach of trust" is what ultimately led to the decision to take its hands off the case. 

Meanwhile a police officer relayed, "We're focusing exclusively on whether or not the woman pressed false charges." 

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federick Sunday, July 24, 2016

if I were that woman, I'll just die in happiness

DZico Sunday, July 24, 2016

how does the police investigate if it was assault or not ? like what do they do , just carious !

TheKpopLover123 DZico Sunday, July 24, 2016

When the police are first informed of the circumstances involving sexual assault they'll immediately leave and secure the place which the crime may have been committed. After securing the crime scene to prevent the destruction of evidence, they'll start to investigate. Usually an "interview" with the victim is held by the Police Department to attain detailed information about what actually happened. After having been informed of how the act occurred, they can then start to search for witnesses and evidence which supports the statement of the victim. When it comes to searching for witnesses there are 2 categories that the Police Department most commonly seeks. One would be family members, friend and individuals that have some kind of close relationship to the victim, as there may be a possibility of the victim having contacted one of these individuals subsequent to the occurrence of the crime and two, witnesses that may have been close-by when the crime occurred (workers, part-timers etc). Then the collection of evidence present in the crime scene will happen. They may search for and DNA test foreign strands of hair from the crime scene which can help find witnesses or lead them to the potential criminal of the sexual assault, leading them to make a background check. The possible criminal may have been a repeated offender which contributes to the case. Articles that may have been stained with blood because of resistance or something connected to the crime will be collected, as well as foreign object that doesn't belong there (buttons, torn fabric etc). All the clothing belonging to the victim from that occasion shall be submitted for testing, as well as vaginal smears and swabs. Anything that can have potentially been used in the act of sexual assault will be gathered, per the interview of the victim, like for instance bondage used to tie the victim up, weapons etc. The Police Department would also suggest that the victim undergoes a physical investigation known as rape kit. This is an importance to the investigation which some individuals prefer not to do. The physical investigation is used to collect samples of possible evidence that may be found on the body of the victim (body fluids, blood, fingernail scrapings, semen, pubic hairs etc). Most samples are then investigated separately to find traces such as DNA of the suspected criminal. These factors are all of importance when deeming something to be sexual assault.

bangeryun94 DZico Monday, July 25, 2016

Police don't investigate. They take statemements, gather evidence and then send it to the prosecutor who decides whether or not to open an investigation. Apparently the police have already found ample evidence to suggest it was all a lie.

bangeryun94 TheKpopLover123 Monday, July 25, 2016

You've totally just described what happens in the US, Canada and Great Britain. You have not, in any way, shape or form described what happens in Korea.

TheKpopLover123 bangeryun94 Monday, July 25, 2016

I see, I believed that the process wouldn't be all too different. In any case, would you mind explaining how it is done in Korea?

jalila10 Sunday, July 24, 2016

if thid is true , then she must be just one night stand girl and she wants just to take revenge by lying about sexual assault?? ...

DZico jalila10 Sunday, July 24, 2016

shouldn't this be punished then , accusing people of sexual assault !

zippys420 Sunday, July 24, 2016

TheKpopLover123 Sunday, July 24, 2016

Even if the plaintiff may have in truth actually been sexually assaulted by Lee Jin Wook as the allegations had suggested, the fact that the Police Department is currently investigating the individual to have falsely charged Lee Jin Wook of the crime is slowly contributing to the undermining of actual sexual assault victims in society. I do not mean that they should not investigate the woman for having filed a lawsuit based on false charges. I am addressing the serious problem that the possibility of false charges of sexual assaults may lead to the undermining of actual victims of similar allegations. The fact that these scenarios increases just makes the victims in society a lot less untrustworthy in the eyes of others. For instance, there are currently multiple women who are being investigated because of this, an example being this woman and the women involved in the lawsuits directed towards Yoochun of JYJ as well. This naturally may somehow contribute to how some netizens, citizens, police officers, prosecutors, judges etc will view future allegations of sexual assaults.

Blue82 TheKpopLover123 Sunday, July 24, 2016

The problem is the women that file false accusations not the legal system for punishing them. You can't file false charges about any crime and not expect the police to come after you if they find out you are lying. They also don't investigate unless there is some form of proof leading them to believe there is a reason to investigate. In the Yoochun case you mentioned it was initially just an investigation on him the women were not being investigated at all. It wasn't until there was proof of contact for payment that the police started investigating the women. In the case of Yoochun it's a bit different too because it possibly involved illegal sex workers since prostitution is illegal there and there were known gang ties to at least one of the women. In this case it's just one man and one woman and the police initially investigated Lee Jin Wook so for them to begin investigating the woman means either something has been found to contradict what she is saying or they have proof of Lee Jin Wook's innocence. I doubt it's the second one because his company would have been quick to announce it if the police found him innocent. The biggest problem rape victims have in modern society is the people who lie about being sexually assaulted because they create doubt that a victim can be trusted. It's one of the reasons it's so very important to immediately report any sexual assault and head to your nearest emergency care center. A rape kit should always be done because that is one of the best pieces of evidence you have against your attacker.

jalila10 TheKpopLover123 Sunday, July 24, 2016

but i guesz thid woman take advantage of woman who really were sexualy assault , to take revenge of lee jin wook , now because of her if she really maked false charge , now pepole will not brlieve anymore real victims

nanuk TheKpopLover123 Sunday, July 24, 2016

They should keep cases like this, particularly those which are high profile, more quiet until a verdict has been reached.

TheKpopLover123 nanuk Sunday, July 24, 2016

It would have been very great if that was possible, but sadly it's very difficult to be able to do. I am not sure if this applies to South Korea's laws concerning this subject, but I believe that if there is any kind of source claiming that an individual is being investigated by the Police Department for certain allegations the medias can easily attain that information from the police by asking them since per law, the information attained by the them should also be able to be provided to the public citizens. I am not sure exactly how things are in South Korea, so that is just an assumption, feel free to correct me if I'm wrong though.

TheKpopLover123 jalila10 Sunday, July 24, 2016

I agree, but we are not really sure yet exactly what is going on, so I can't really say that it was because of revenge since nothing of that sort has been revealed yet (or maybe I've missed it?).

TheKpopLover123 Blue82 Sunday, July 24, 2016

Yes, the rape kit is one of the most assuring and convincing evidences when it comes to sexual assault allegations. But I am still a bit worried about the impact these allegations will have on future sexual assault cases. As you've mentioned, when the police finds some kind of evidence which leads them to believe that it is a false accusation they start to investigate further into the matter. But in the future when allegations similar to those you've mentioned arise once again, won't netizens and citizens immediately distrust the victims of the cases even before the police has found actual evidence which contributes to the belief of it being a false accusation, or?

Blue82 TheKpopLover123 Sunday, July 24, 2016

Yes and that is exactly why I believe that men and women who lie about being assaulted are the most damaging thing for assault cases. It puts doubts in the minds of everyone and people think the victims are not credible because of these horrible people. When someone is proven to have lied when filing a charge for a crime that is classified as a felony such as rape, murder, certain types of burglary they need to face extremely stiff penalties and punishment. They can ruin more than just their own lives with these things.

bangeryun94 nanuk Monday, July 25, 2016

OMD, truth!

Gee_Na TheKpopLover123 Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Tht is y it is very important for all d parties involved to not to include media b4 d case is taken to court. Some media reposr are so irresponsible tht can made d innocent looks bad n vise versa. Sadly so far in co many cases involving high profiles infividuals esp in entertainment industry were taken to media 1st subsequently blown out of propotions. We as d reader b it fans or not sld not b judgemental.

HitlerUnicorn Sunday, July 24, 2016

She would've lost either way. Better save the effort and don't waste your time, after all.

springtrap Sunday, July 24, 2016

no¡¡ oh what surprise¡¡

Cherry_Peche Sunday, July 24, 2016

fishy fishy....

Naruta Sunday, July 24, 2016

What a HUGE surprise.....

favforsue Sunday, July 24, 2016

Did they just throw her under the bus?

bangeryun94 favforsue Monday, July 25, 2016

No. And that's just it. They're not going to be a part of ruining someone over a lie.

favforsue bangeryun94 Monday, July 25, 2016

I guess what I mean is that even though they have every right to refuse representing her, the statement they made implies guilt on her part. Attorney-client privilege does not permit them to do that. In the US they would just quit and keep their mouth shut, unless they are already at trial. In that case they would have to explain their reasons to the judge to be allowed to quit. I thought that was a pretty ballsy move on their part.

bangeryun94 favforsue Monday, July 25, 2016

I don't know if attorney client priviledge is applicable in Korea when the client has been found to have lied. We don't have a Constitution that covers this issue.

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