Following Kang Ji-hwan's statement on September 2nd that he committed sexual assault, but does not remember doing so and regrets his actions, his victims have fired back. On September 3rd a lawyer representing the interests of Kang Ji-hwan's victims appeared on an SNS enterainment news program to counter these statements.
AdvertisementThe lawyer said that this was all part of a legal strategy. Evidence pointing to Kang Ji-hwan's guilt was simply too strong to deny. He expressed skepticism at the claim that Kang Ji-hwan was suffering from alcohol induced memory loss, saying that the level of inebriation required to do that kind of short-term damage would have made it extremely difficult for Kang Ji-hwan to commit the crime he has been accused of.
The lawyer concluded by saying that he does not believe that Kang Ji-hwan has sincerely reflected on his past actions. He expressed suspicions that Kang Ji-hwan is sticking with the lapsed memory story as a hedge against the accusation that the attack was preplanned regardless of alcohol intake. This kind of continued skepticism from the victims is bad for Kang Ji-hwan, as this will present an argument against leniency at the next trial to be held in October.
Written by William Schwartz
Staff writer. Has been writing articles for HanCinema since 2012, having lived in South Korea since 2011. Started out in Gyeongju, then to Daegu, then to Ansan, then to Yeongju, then to Seoul, lived on the road for HanCinema's travel diaries series in the summer of 2016, and is currently settled in Anyang. Has good tips for utilizing South Korea's public bus system. William Schwartz can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org. He also has a substack at williamschwartz.substack.com where he discusses the South Korean film industry in broader terms and takes suggestions for future movies to review.
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