Open World Entertainment CEO, Jang Seok Woo, has been charged with rape and child protection law violations. However, the male idols involved will not be charged with rape or any other crime due to a technicality.
The Women/Children Criminal Investigation Department of the Seoul Central District Prosecutor’s Office charged Mr. Jang for rape and violation of child protection laws. According to prosecutors, the CEO had sexually assaulted several female trainees under his agency from 2010 to 2012.
So he’s being charged with rape, and I’m guessing this doesn’t get brought forward unless the case is legitimate, especially considering how rarely sexual abuse cases are even tried.
Although the CEO was indicted with raping the female trainees, the accusation against the CEO of forcing male idols to participate in the sexual assault has been dropped, as the prosecutor’s office was not granted the authority to indict.
A representative from the prosecutor’s office explained that as the female trainees did not try to escape the situation nor were they prevented from moving by force or threats, the case involving the CEO and the male idols did not fall under rape. Instead, it would fall under the use of authority and power to enter into sexual relations. Since cases that fall under such a category must be reported within one year of the occurrence, the prosecutors were not given the authority to indict the CEO on the charge of forcing male idols to sexually assault the trainees as the time frame had already passed.
Open World Entertainment Sex Abuse Scandal
So basically, the male idols weren’t charged with anything because:
1) The girls didn’t fight back enough to call it rape.
Does it surprise you that it’s a legitimate excuse in Korea? It shouldn’t.
2) The rape wasn’t reported within a year, so basically they got off on the basis of a statue of limitations.
A technicality, essentially.
Just because you’re not guilty doesn’t mean you’re innocent.