Actor Kang Ji Hwan apologized to his alleged victims after his sexual assault hearing.
By Anna Kim
The K-Actor Kang Ji Hwan, 41 years old, was arrested for rape and sexual assault on two women and the actor attended his hearing at the Suwon Regional District Courthouse in Seongnam on July 12.
Kang Ji Hwan reportedly drank with two female acquaintances A and B on July 9. He returned home with the two female employees from his agency to have more drinks following a company dinner at an unspecified place. His agency has stated that the victims are outsourced staff members.
According to reports, Kang went into the room where the two women were sleeping and committed sexual assault on A and indecent assault on B. A provided a testimony that she woke up and she saw Kang attempting to sexually assault B. When A screamed, Kang stopped his attempts. A told police that her clothes were in severe disarray, leading her to believe that she had suffered a similar situation.
About an hour before Kang’s arrest, A had texted a friend about her predicament and asked the friend to report the situation. A texted, “I had some drinks at actor Kang’s house, and now we’re trapped.”
Kang, at the police station, stated, “I remember having drinks, but I don’t remember anything after that. When I opened my eyes, I was in the room where they were sleeping.” Kang Ji Hwan, still intoxicated, was put in holding. Police will have another round of questioning soon regarding the alleged misconduct. It is being said that no parts of the testimonies given by A and B are in disagreement.
The two victims visited the Seoul Sunflower Center, which provides assistance to victims of sexual violence, to undergo examinations and testing for sexual assault. The result is expected to be released next week.
Being caught by reporters after the court house hearing, Kang stated, “I apologize to the victims. I’ll dutifully undergo the investigation. I’ve heard that the victims are getting very hurt reading the comments on the articles about me. I apologize that they have to go through this.”
Kang’s agency said, “With regard to the charges of sexual assault, once we are able to confirm what happened, we will be releasing a statement.” Kang’s agency also announced that he has since halted all activities to focus on the investigation. He had been starring in the TV Chosun drama “Chosun Survival,” but the drama stated that it would be cancelling airing his new episodes and would not be airing any reruns. They are said to be currently looking for a replacement. So far, 10 episodes of the 16-part series have aired, while episodes 11 and 12 starring Kang have yet to be broadcast.
The drama has offered laughter as well as deep meaning as it tells the story of Han Jung Rok, who goes back 500 years to the Chosun Dynasty that had a feudal system. The viewers have looked forward to this time-slip drama packed with refreshing content.