Kangin of Super Junior was brought in for questioning by police on suspicion of assaulting his girlfriend, but was released after the victim declined to press charges.
At around 4 a.m. KST on November 17, Kangin reportedly assaulted someone at a restaurant. According to the Gangnam branch of the Seoul police, they brought the idol in after they received a call that said, “Kangin is drunk and assaulting his girlfriend” at approximately 4:30 a.m. KST on November 17. As the victim did not formally press charges, not wanting any disciplinary actions taken, Kangin was later released with a warning after he was separated from the victim. The police explained that the victim said she was his girlfriend as well. One cannot be charged and formally investigated for assault against the will of the victim.
Kangin has been in trouble recently for a drunk driving hit-and-run (his second one), and now it seems like the only reason he’s getting off on domestic abuse is because the victim doesn’t want to press charges.
Dude needs to go to jail and then never come back to the entertainment world again. Good god.
SJ Label has released a statement confirming an incident but characterizing it as a misunderstanding.
“First, we sincerely apologize for causing distress. At the time, Kangin was having an argument with a friend he was drinking with, and the misunderstanding that arose from the situation led to the police being called to the location. We have apologized to the other party and the situation was resolved. We would like to once more sincerely apologize for Kangin causing distress during a time in which he is reflecting on past actions.”
The police also gave an update on the situation, which doesn’t seem to change a whole lot except the woman may not have been his girlfriend.
A police representative stated, “We would like to revise our previous report that the incident took place in Sinsa as it took place at an escort bar in the Nonhyeon neighborhood of Seoul.” They continued to add, “The woman who was on location stated that she was Kangin’s girlfriend, but this is information that should be confirmed through Kangin or his agency, not the police. Kangin was drunk, but not completely intoxicated, and he was released with a warning as the two people involved reached a resolution on location.” The police then concluded with, “The situation would have been dealt as a criminal case had there been any property damage or had there been any physical damage done unto the victim. However, the victim did not wish for charges to be pressed, so Kangin was released with a warning and not formally booked on any charges.”
Well it’s clear any confirmation on the woman being his girlfriend isn’t going to be coming from them, so I guess we’ll never know for sure. That said, given that it was an escort bar, I’m guessing the victim wasn’t literally his girlfriend.