About a week ago, it was reported that a hidden camera was found in the women’s restroom of a KBS building, tacking on further to the apparent epidemic of molka cases in Korea.
According to the Seoul Yeongdeungpo Police Station, they received a report on May 29 that an illegal recording device resembling a portable external battery was discovered in a women’s restroom. The police have since removed the device and begun an investigation into the matter.
Many KBS employees are lamenting the discovery as they share their thoughts anonymously online. “At a place that produces media, at the KBS headquarters of all places, a hidden camera was found in the women’s restroom and the police were called,” one employee wrote. “After analysis, the camera was found to be not a realtime transmission device, but a storage device. As a member of KBS, I feel ashamed and disgusted.”
It was found around the area where Gag Concert practice rooms are held. Fortunately, it was not a real-time camera, so at least in this instance any footage appears to have been stopped from spreading.
The identity of this individual has not yet been confirmed, but Ga Se Yeon has reported that the person behind it as comedian Park Dae Sung.
Lawyer Kang Yong Seok and reporter Kim Se-ui that run YouTube Channel ‘Garo Sero Research Institute (hereinafter ‘Ga Se Yeon’) are alleging that they know who installed the hidden camera on KBS ‘Gag Concert’ bathroom. On the 2nd, Ga Se Yeon posted a photo of comedian Park Dae Sung (31) on their YouTube channel alleging that he was the suspect A being investigated by police. The Chosun Ilbo had reported earlier that the comedian that installed the hidden camera was selected for KBS public recruitment screening in July 2018 and is an active broadcaster. Ga Se Yeon caused controversy after revealing Park Dae Sung’s name as he became a KBS comedian in 2018 and has been active on many programming shows for ‘Gag Concert.’
The police reportedly have a suspect and they have turned themselves in for investigation on charges of violating the Act on Special Cases Concerning the Punishment, etc. of Sexual Crimes, but KBS is saying they haven’t heard anything about the identity yet. He does fit Chosun Ilbo’s description, though.
KBS also issued a statement on the matter on how to prevent things like this from happening.
“We will do our best to prevent the recurrence of the illegal recording device incident.We acknowledge the gravity of the fact that illegal filming equipment was discovered in KBS’s research building, and we have prepared and implemented measures to prevent this from happening again. In addition, even if the suspect of the case is not a KBS employee, we feel great responsibility regarding the situation in which one of our cast members is being mentioned in recent reports. KBS is well aware of the importance of special protection for victims along with the arrest and punishment of criminals in cases of this kind. Therefore, we have not only reported to the police immediately after discovering [the equipment] and cooperated actively with the investigation, but we are also taking measures to prevent the recurrence of the issue and prevent secondary damage to the involved parties in order to relieve the anxiety felt by our employees. Immediately after the incident, we urgently inspected the main building, new building, annex, and research building and confirmed that there were no problems. We’ve also launched a full-scale investigation of women-only spaces in our regional divisions. We are also preparing measures to prevent the recurrence of the issue, including supplementation of security equipment, such as CCTV cameras, and strengthening of access procedures. We are also providing counseling and support, and we soon plan to relocate offices close to the location where the illegal camera equipment was found. Once again, we stress the importance of thorough investigation and punishment so that secondary damage does not occur in the process. We feel responsible for this incident and promise once again to do our best to prevent the recurrence of the issue and secondary damage.
Honestly, not a whole lot of reason to believe or care about their statement as it’s just gonna be about covering their own ass for now.
Still, the amount of molka cases in Korea is honestly just staggering, and there’s no way that’s the first time this guy has done it either. Most of these reported on are only attached to entertainment as well, so you cringe at the idea of how prevalent this might actually be.