K-pop star accused of sexual assault

ALLEGATIONS DENIED: The 30-year-old JYJ band member and actor was accused of rape by a woman in her 20s in a bar in Seoul.


    Jun 15, 2016

    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).