A significant part of the sex abuse scandal with Open World Entertainment revolved around the charges against artists under the label. Well, it’s recently been reported that the artists have been cleared of wrongdoing.
With Open World Entertainment’s previous statement fresh in our minds, it was now officially revealed that the boy group members allegedly involved in the case were cleared of all charges and assumptions made against them. While it was earlier mentioned that one of the members had been involved in the harassment since his teenage years, no mention of this has been made since and charges have been dropped. A representative of Open World Entertainment mentioned on behalf of the members, “They feel very intimidated because they say they haven’t done anything wrong, but the investigators keep picking on trivial things, and the media has been paying explosive attention to it. They just hope everything can be settled quickly.”
As many commenters from previous posts on this topic assumed they would be, the artists ended up being cleared of wrong doing, but with the way laws on sexual abuse are setup on Asia, there’s still no way of telling if they were actually involved or not.
People familiar with how things work in Korea know that sexual abuse can be excused for a wide range of things that would not be acceptable in the West, so as far as moral judgments go from our perspective, it’s difficult to tell between the truly innocent and the ones who just got off because the girls “wanted it” or one/both parties were “drunk” or the girls “didn’t fight enough” or whatever else.
Sad when being cleared of wrongdoing can’t actually mean a lack of guilt.