Actor Lee Seo Won is the man being investigated for sexually assaulting and then threatening with a weapon of a female celebrity back on April 8. Initially, reports emerged about an anonymous male assailant and an anonymous female victim.
On May 16, news outlet JoongAng Ilbo reported that the Seoul Gwangjin Police stated that they had charged Lee Seo Won on April 8 and investigated him, before sending his case to the prosecution with a recommendation of indictment. The police stated, “The victim was a female celebrity. We forwarded the case to the Seoul East District Prosecutors’ Office earlier this month.” According to the police, while drinking with a female celebrity (referred to as “A”), Lee Seo Won had attempted to kiss her and make physical contact, and was rejected. When he continued to attempt to make physical contact, “A” called her boyfriend to ask for help. Lee Seo Won is said to have become angry and threatened her with a weapon. The police stated to the news outlet, “Lee Seo Won was investigated in a very inebriated state. He swore at the police officer and shouted.”
Lee Seo Won’s company, Blossom Entertainment, confirmed that it was the actor who is being investigated and apologized.
“Hello. This is Blossom Entertainment. We sincerely apologize for causing concern to many people through the shameful incident related to actor Lee Seo Won. Firstly, we did not know about this situation before we received a request for confirmation from the media. After verifying with him in order to understand the exact truth, we learned that it was something that happened after he had drank alcohol at a private meeting with an acquaintance. There are no excuses to be made. We bow our heads to everyone and express our apologies. We are sorry. Currently, actor Lee Seo Won has recognized his error and is deeply reflecting about causing concern to the other party and many people due to his thoughtless and mistaken actions. We once again sincerely express our deep apologies to everyone, and we will sincerely take part in the upcoming investigation. We are sorry.”
So it seems like he isn’t going to be denying all this and will surely be using being drunk as an excuse. Would you be surprised if it works and he doesn’t get a harsh punishment? I wouldn’t.
There are rumors going around about who the victim was, but unless it gets outed publicly, I don’t think people should try getting into that. Especially due to her having a boyfriend, I can only see her somehow getting backlash for being involved as is generally par for the course.