Kim Hyung Jun has denied the sexual assault allegations made against him.
By Anna Kim
A member of SS501’s Kim Hyung Jun has been accused of sexual assault. He responded that the accusations are false and the plaintiff is taking advantage of the fact that he is a celebrity. He also stated that everything that happened that night nine years ago was consensual.
Kim’s agency released their statement in regard to this scandal. They stated, “It’s true that Kim was involved in the sexual relations with the plaintiff at that time, but it was done under consensual agreement. The plaintiff’s story is completely false. Back in 2010, Kim was drinking with a friend, but there was a female employee who joined them for drinks. She is the plaintiff and they went back to her house to have sex because she wanted it.”
However, the plaintiff holds a conflicting statement against him and his agency, saying, “I met him at my former workplace, bar, and kept in contact with him. He came to my home in Ilsan drunk, and he said that he would help me fall asleep. So, I just lay down. I rejected his advances two times, but it was no use. I could not stop him and was really ashamed. There was no sense of human respect. I contacted him after the incident, but I never received an apology from him.”
She added that she had been receiving psychological treatment due to the trauma from the incident and finally got the courage to report Kim after nine years, seeing the sexual assault cases charged against other male idols. She filed a complaint against him and was questioned by the police last month as a plaintiff.
Kim’s agency stated that Mr. Kim is currently performing overseas, most recently in Peru, and will sincerely participate in police investigation upon his return to Korea. They will countersue the plaintiff for defamation.
Netizens feel sorry for both Mr. Kim and the plaintiff, saying, “We believe that Mr. Kim is innocent. Simultaneously, we also hope the plaintiff isn’t just the boy who cried wolf. Whatever it is, everything should be cleared up.”
Kim Hyung Jun rose to fame in the 2000’s with his group SS501. The group hasn’t officially disbanded, but they have not been active since 2010. Kim Hyung Jun enlisted in the army on April 6th, 2017 and was discharged in December of 2018.
He was excited about what the second chapter of his life has for him after being discharged.
“From now on, I’d like to start the second chapter on a good note. I will work hard to reply my fans’ expectation for me through my future activities,” said Kim. “I will be going on a worldwide tour and will release a new album in the first half of 2019. I also hope to continue a career in acting as I worked as an actor before my enlistment. I hope I can greet my fans with good things soon.”
His fans hope that the good things that Kim referred to will not be tarnished owing to the current sex scandal.
Meanwhile, SS501, which debuted on June 8th, 2005 with five members: Kim Hyun Joong, Heo Young Saeng, Kim Kyu Jong, Park Jung Min, and Kim Hyung Jun, released a studio album and seven EPs in Korean, and two studio albums and three EPs in Japanese. Kim Hyung Jun starred his first main lead role as Kang Min in KBS Drama’s My Shining Girl in 2012, followed by SBS Plus’ Late Blossom as Jung Min Chae in the same year. In 2013, Kim became the Seoul Representative for Donation Exercise Equipment for Children charitable event that took place on January 24th. He also promoted the campaign in Puppy Mam Dog Station magazine for adopting a pet instead of buying one.
A member of SS501’s Kim Hyung Jun has been accused of sexual assault.
He stated that everything that happened that night nine years ago was consensual.
SS501 debuted on June 8th, 2005 with five members.