On October 8, Hara's ex-boyfriend Choi Jong Bum and his legal representative released a strong counteroffensive against all of Hara's previous claims.
Choi's side began by revealing that Choi recently underwent police investigation including the confiscation of his work licensure, car, etc, for charges of threatening and sexually violent behavior. Choi's side continued, "The recent 'Dispatch' report detailing Goo Hara's side of the case contained content which was overly exaggerated, and as a result, our side decided to participate in an interview with another media outlet. However, Goo Hara's legal representatives called us out on this action and warned us of a 'secondary offense', indirectly sending us a message to 'shut up'."
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Choi's side continued that through the ongoing police investigation, Choi will prove the following:
1. Choi's actions were only limited to pressing 'send' in front of Hara on the day of the incident;
2. The sexual relations footage was filmed due to Goo Hara's suggestion;
3. Choi never posted the footage on any online or SNS platform;
4. Choi did not mean to report the footage to 'Dispatch', only evidence of the scars that Goo Hara made on his face;
5. Choi never asked Goo Hara to get on her knees and apologize;
6. After the date of the incident, September 13, Choi has never had direct contact with Goo Hara and therefore never threatened or forced Goo Hara in any circumstance.
Choi's side then emphasized, "On the day of the incident, Choi Jong Bum was very upset by the altercation with Goo Hara, which was the reason he sent the footage to Goo Hara through the messenger. However, the action was only spurred by anger, and Choi never spread the footage or made any attempts to spread the footage at any time."
Finally, Choi's side argued that the sexual relations footage in question "has nothing to do with this case." In addition, "Please keep in mind that the continued reporting of this case's developments will remain insufferable damage and pain for those involved, as well as their families."