On August 5th Seoul Police held a press conference wherein they confirmed that an investigation into bribery allegations against Park Yoo-chun was taking place. Allegedly the head of a rape investigation against Park Yoo-chun visited his home back in 2016 and was offered some sort of incentive to make four rape charges against the fallen idol go away. After a monthlong investigation those charges were indeed cleared.
Police have been reluctant to share details about the emerging investigation. It is unclear what the substance of the original allegations was, save for the fact that they involved the head of the investigation having dinner and liquor at Park Yoo-chun's home. It is unknown whether this specific detail has been confirmed, or whether other information was what launched the inquiry.
Three years ago may not seem like a long time, but in the context of South Korean culture much has changed since then. Police suffered a poor reputation for complicity in then President Park Geun-hye's political goals. The new government of President Moon Jae-in has shown a sharply increased interest both in charges of official corruption as well as sex crimes, which may explain why this investigation is only taking place now.
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.
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