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Posted by elliefilet AKP STAFF Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Jo Duk Jae continues to deny sexual molestation + director says he's lied

Actor Jo Duk Jae, who's been found guilty of sexually molesting his co-star B, is continuing to deny claims that he grabbed actress B's private areas. 

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In a press conference on October 17, Jo Duk Jae stated he never put his hands inside actress B's pants during filming. He teared up, explaining, "The staff on set didn't see me put my hands in her pants, and it's not on film either. It's only the actress' claims. The court replayed the tape multiple times, and it didn't show in the footage at all. On the marital rape scene, the director directed me, 'Act like an animal. Do I have to tell you this?' I acted according to the scenario content and ripped the actress' clothes, but in the footage, you can't see me touch her chest or her lower area. Still, now I'm considered a sexual molester."

Jo Duk Jae further asserted the actress was considered an important cast member in the movie, and if she were to leave, it would cause issues for the film's funding. He added, "After the problematic scene, the actress was angry, and the director called her to his office. Actress B said to me, 'Are you acting by yourself?' and tried to argue with me... The PD told me to apologize to her as she was upset, so I did. The producers made a meeting later on, and I apologized. Later on when she claimed sexual molestation, I wondered why I had to admit to things I never did, so I didn't admit to it. I said that I would get on my knees to apologize when she was less mad." Mrs. Jo has also commented on her husband's character, stating she didn't believe he intended to sexually molest actress B. 

As for the unnamed director, he alleged Jo Duk Jae was lying about certain aspects of the incident. The director stated in an interview, "I understand both actress B and Jo Duk Jae's points of view... However, there are too many things in the reports that aren't true. You should at least not lie about it. I was trying to stay neutral, but it's difficult seeing everything happen." He further mentioned that he tried to help Jo Duk Jae out with the case, but he feels the actor has been dishonest. 

The director concluded he would make an official statement following actress B's press conference on October 24. 

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