According to reports by FN News, SBS funE, MK News, Insight, and more on October 12, the District Public Prosecutor's Office of Jeju revealed an idol with the last name Kang was booked on the charge of sexual molestation in 2009. At the time, the reported victim was 13-year-old girl A, who was a friend that lived in the same neighborhood as then middle-schooler Kang.
The incident is reported to have taken place after they finished attending classes at an after-school study academy, which provided transportation for the students to return home. During the car ride, Kang is said to have sexually molested A, which he later denied during police investigations.
Despite denying the allegations, Kang formally apologized to A, and as they were acquainted for a long time, she and her family decided not to press charges. However, A is said to have been traumatized by the incident as she was found to have attended therapy at a youth counseling center for at least 3 months.
The controversy was previously brought to light this past June when a netizen posted about the sexual molestation online, writing, "I've been going through a hard time seeing Kang receive the spotlight on a program recently. News of Kang has consistently come up, and now I'm enduring pain day to day." The sexual molestation accusation is now being investigated once again.
Kang's agency responded to the reports, stating, "The related accusations are not true. We're currently awaiting an investigation. Our side is also starting a lawsuit, and we plan to comply sincerely as needed."