It has been revealed that Jang Seokwoo, CEO of Open World Entertainment, has been making threatening phone calls to the victims. Telling them that, “If you don’t settle, we won’t stop”, Jang Seokwoo’s side had been able to make various people sign settlements and have them retract their statements.
Upon discovering his acts, Jang Seokwoo was warned by the judge on the latest court date on June 29th. “Do not make threatening phone calls to the victims anymore. Coercing and threatening the victims is like injuring them twice. If the threats continue, there is no way that it won’t affect the trials.” In the previous trial, which happened early June, Jang Seokwoo was already warned not to contact victim A again.
Alrighty then. What a fucking piece of shit. Holy fuck.
Worse yet? It’s working and it shouldn’t even surprise you.
As earlier revealed, a few of the girls involved in the case have made a settlement with Jang Seokwoo’s side and have withdrawn their accusations. It’s been stated that over $10,000 was given out in settlement money. Upon hearing this, the victims were questioned and gave conflicting statements, saying that victim B only received $2,000. Victims C and D were said not to have received anything. The court added that, “Both sides’ statements are entirely different so it is confusing. The confirmation of the money being given to the victims will be independently reported on and once again we will be able to stabling the truth.”
Seems disgusting, right? But that’s basically the system. Not saying it’s right, but that’s how it is.
It’s like how in Japan, once you go to trial, you are basically fucked because they won’t find you not guilty. In that same vein, wealthy people get away with a lot in Korea because they can basically pay hush money (they call it “blood money” but whatever) to victims in exchange for not having to go to trial. Happens a lot, actually.
Regardless, this shows why victims are hesitant to come forward and effectively demonstrates what a filthy industry the entertainment business can be at times, especially in regards to children and teens.