K-pop star accused of sexual assault
PARK Yu Chun, a member of K-pop boy band JYJ, has been accused of sexual assault by a woman in her 20s, according to a report.
Yonhap news agency said police are investigating after they received a complaint last Friday, alleging that he raped her at a bar in Seoul early in the morning on June 4.
The woman is identified in reports as a Ms Lee who works at a nightspot.
In the police report filed by her boyfriend, she claimed that the assault happened in a bathroom of a room where she and Park had been drinking together, reported Yonhap.
She handed over her underwear as evidence.
She said she and Park did not know each other previously.
Closed-circuit television footage from the bar's hallway did not reveal anything significant, said police, adding that they will summon the two for questioning.
Park's agency C-Jes Entertainment denied the allegations. In a statement, it called the accusation "malicious threats" aimed at damaging a celebrity's reputation.
It said it would work with the police to uncover the truth.
Park, 30, started mandatory military service in Seoul last August.
He emigrated to the United States as a child but returned to South Korea after he was talent-scouted. He joined K-pop boy band TVXQ in 2003.
Following a contract dispute, he and two other TVXQ members, Kim Jun Su and Kim Jae Joon, formed JYJ.
Park played the lead in the 2012 time-travel romance drama Rooftop Prince.
At last year's Paeksang Arts Awards, he won Best New Actor for his role in the movie Haemoo (2014).
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