A girl group member has been charged with being an accessory to the head of a management agency’s crime of ‘indecent assault’ of a trainee.
According to the Supreme Prosecutors’ Office of the Republic of Korea on August 6, management agency head Mr. Lee (38 years old) allegedly assaulted a newly-signed trainee on April 7. Girl group member Ms. Shin (27 years old) has been charged with being complicit with Mr. Lee in the act, allegedly laying down on the bed herself without any clothes on and doing as Mr. Lee said. Mr. Lee allegedly told the trainee that if she wants to become a celebrity, she needs to learn to enjoy lobbying with sex and stripped her clothes.
Perhaps there are details missing from this report, so I don’t want to assume just yet, but from what’s being described it certainly sounds like the girl group member is more of a victim as well rather than a criminal. Or at least that would seem to be the common sense conclusion when the agency head is trying to normalize this behavior and using the girl group member to set an example of how normal it really is to the trainee.
Other than that, the prosecution is looking into whether his agency’s people have been involved in sex work, and it’s mentioned that the agency head is already a confirmed scumbag with a criminal history of assault on trainees.
The prosecution plans to additionally investigate whether Mr. Lee actually put up any of his agency’s celebrities or trainees for sex lobbying. Mr. Lee reportedly already has a criminal record for threatening and assaulting aspiring trainees during auditions.
Surprisingly, there’s been little in terms of speculation over who exactly this is. But regardless, as of now, it sure seems like the head of the agency is the story here, not the girl group member who seems to be a victim herself.