The victims in the rape case of actor Kang Ji Hwan (real name Jo Tae Kyu) sued 30 netizens leaving malicious and harmful comments.
On July 20, lawyer Park Ji Hoon, the victims' legal representative, filed a lawsuit over defamation under the Information and Communication Network Act against 30 netizens who made malicious comments to the Seongnam branch of the Suwon District Prosecutors' Office.
The legal representative of the victims submitted a lawsuit on their behalf and said, "Since the victims are under investigation on condition of anonymity, they could not sue themselves."
The victims of Kang Ji Hwan's incident sued 30 malicious commenters. They continued to express their stance, "We intend to take the consent testimony of the victims in the future."
They also further explained that the sued objects are those who had repeatedly posted malignant comments for a long time or those who had uploaded the content of severe sexual harassment or defamation even though they had only done it once.
On the July 19 broadcast of "Entertainment Weekly" (KBS2), a legal representative of the victims talked about the situation when the incident had been occurring at Kang Ji Hwan's house. The victims were reported to have tried to make 13 phone calls and send messages to 3 other officials. The content of their messages asking for help was also revealed.
Two harmed women had to ask some of their acquaintances for help without calling 112 (for police contact in Korea). And currently, they are suffering for the second time due to the words from online communities. Regarding the confusing aforementioned action, the victims' side once explained that at that time, their cell phones could not get any signal at Kang Ji Hwan's private house. Eventually, they were able to contact people outside via the open wifi.
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