Four days ago, another accusation of rape was brought forth in connection with Jung Joon Young, Choi Jong Hoon, and others (including a Burning Sun employee). While it seems crazy to tell you that something like this got lost in the shuffle for me, it happened because it’s now the third rape allegation involving group chat members that’s recently emerged. The other was an alleged gang rape in March of 2016, while another was a rape that allegedly happened at an overseas gathering in 2016.
This allegation of rape reportedly involved women who were allegedly raped while on a trip with Jung Joon Young, Choi Jong Hoon, and three others after having been given drinks by the men.
According to Channel A, a group of women have filed a bill of complaint stating that they were sexually assaulted in Hongcheon, Gangwon Province, by Jung Joon Young, Choi Jong Hoon, and others. The women allege that they were given drinks by the men and have no memory of what happened afterwards. The report stated that five men, including Jung Joon Young, Choi Jong Hoon, and a Burning Sun employee, went on a trip to a resort in Hongcheon, Gangwon Province, in January 2016. Jung Joon Young reportedly took the lead in planning the trip and invited several female acquaintances along. According to the report, the police are investigating the group chatroom conversations that happened around this time. The conversations contain language that suggest that the women might have been sexually assaulted at the resort. In addition, some videos were shared that are suspected to have been illegally filmed.
It’s notable that the police reportedly already have evidence backing her claim, which isn’t all that surprising given that the whole point of the molka group chat was that they documented their crimes. It’s also not specifically known who may have committed the crime yet.
Notably, this was allegedly the incident that was posted in the group chat that Seungri replied to.
The report further states that although Seungri did not attend the trip, he commented in the chatroom on January 9, 2016, writing “Who is that? [symbols indicating laughter]” in response to a video shared by “Kim,” who is identified as a Burning Sun employee. “Kim” also shared photos, to which someone identified as “Park” also responded with symbols indicating laughter.
While many are understandably disgusted by things getting worse and worse, I’m actually quite encouraged that authorities have started to match what always sounded like rape from the molka group chat convos to the victims, and hopefully the perpetrators would continue to be prosecuted.