S. Korean singer charged over fraud
ACTOR-SINGER Park Yoo Chun has been charged by police with solicitation of prostitution and fraud.
But he has been cleared of sexual assault allegations.
Police said on Friday that it is "difficult to prove there was use of force" in the four sexual assault complaints brought against Park last month.
However, he will be charged with solicitation of prostitution and fraud concerning one of the four women who filed charges against him.
She will also be charged with prostitution.
Meanwhile, the second of the four women who filed complaints against Park for sexual assault will be charged with making false claims.
Regarding the fraud and solicitation of prostitution charges, police said they discovered during investigation that the first of the four women - who filed sexual assault complaints - had sent a text message to an acquaintance.
It state she "had sexual relations with Park after receiving a promise of payment".
He, however, did not pay her, police found.
The promise of monetary compensation prior to sexual relations, even if no monetary transaction takes place afterwards, constitutes prostitution, according to police.
Reneging on a promise of payment constitutes fraud, according to a prior Supreme Court ruling, police added.
The cases of Park and the two women in question will be forwarded to the public prosecutor's office.
In a statement released immediately after the police announcement, Park's management agency C-Jes Entertainment said there is "no truth" to the charges of solicitation of prostitution.
Last month, four women filed complaints against the 30-year-old entertainer, alleging that he sexually assaulted them.
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