• k_db

    He’s probably forced X-5 to do the stuff.  I’m waiting for shit to hit the fan.

  • MEalways

    As much as I am so glad to hear that members of ‘The Boys’ were not involving in this emotionally-physically abuse, I am so sad for any person/idol in Open World Ent. who became victims. That is NOT right, end of story.

    Which will not be the case, sadly but true.

    The victims and the idols who happen to sign under Open World Ent. maybe have to endure scrutinize eyes from public for quite some times, whether they really involved in this crime or not. Sometimes, netizen really can be merciless. 

    I remember read an article about a young bright artist’ suicide due to the same issue here, not very long ago (about 3 years ago?). Yet, it still grey area (I think the do-er/s haven’t not arrested, or the true story behind it hasn’t yet clear?). 

    Some of the idols/trainee must be still on tender age. The scar they have to carry, is unthinkable. I spoke as someone who also have been abused when I was very young by the person who supposedly was my protector. I have forgave him and move on. But, the scar is there. 

    I hope the law in South Korea really work well and punish this CEO to the max. 

    My heart and my pray go to all of them, and let this be a beginning for a better law and working condition in any agency, in any entertainment business in South Korea. To the victim, please seek good help and please, try to believe in people. Some of them are good, and don’t have any hidden agenda behind their kindness….

  • funkypicklez

    Oh boy. I really hope that the police uses this case to follow some other leads about other entertainment companies. And also other victims gain courage from this incident to step up and alert the police if they are being raped. The South Koreans need to stop attacking the victim by saying “they’re asking for it” They need to wake up and start prosecuting the dirtbags that are in charge starting with this douchebag.

    Sorry. This is a personal issue. I work with a lot of battered women.

    • intheshort

      Don’t apologize! I totally agree with you.

      In my opinion, the problem with rape crimes is the sort of “double standard”. In order to receive justice for the crimes inflicted upon them, women need to speak out. But once they do, people say that it is the woman’s fault for initiating it, and she must live with the public recognition that she is a rape victim.

      The world needs to stop blaming the women who have these things happen to them, and instead place blame on men who can’t make the right choices. 

      • http://twitter.com/SjundeSara Sara Nilsson

        It is important to question weather or not someone has been raped because there are people who actually lies about being raped. They are the ones who, as sad as, it makes it more difficult for actual rape victims to be taken serious.

        • intheshort

          I definitely agree. During my high school, there was a girl who lied about being raped and I can testify that it had many negative consequences. 

          However, I think in this context we can safely assume that the women aren’t lying, as there are multiple victims. 

        • Lubrro

           I get you’re point, ’cause as sick as it may sound, there’s people so hungry for fame that they would do anything (like really ANYTHING) to make it big… Don’t get me wrong, I honestly hope this CEO gets what he deserves for what he did and let’s just wait for justice to be served…

          • illerz

             In korea that wouldn’t work, they wouldn’t lie about this to make it big. Its not going to do anything good for their career. It does make me sad that happened to them. Poor victims. Breaks my heart

          • Lubrro

            In my country, there has been many cases where some aspiring actress/actor/singer has got in a sexual relationship with a renowned artist/producer so she/he can blackmail the artist/producer later in order to get a role/contract, but if that fails, then she/he goes on to play the victim of violence/rape card as revenge and to get some economical benefit, and in the end is proven she/he has made the story up. That’s what I was refering to when I said that some people (men and women) are willing to do whatever it takes to be famous/rich, and that sometimes these people makes it more difficult for actual rape victims to be taken serious. Again, I hope this horrible CEO gets punished for what he did.

        • Niveau

          There’s a huge difference between checking someone’s account before pressing charges and blaming the victim for a rapists’ actions. Yes, there are false reports of rape, but they occur at rapes equal to or lower than false reports of other crimes. Those who falsely accuse others of rape are a part of the problem – but people who assume that a rape victim is lying until proven otherwise are just as bad, if not worse.

          • http://twitter.com/SjundeSara Sara

            You shouldn’t assume someone is lying until they are proven otherwise regardless of the crime committed against them. But that’s how it should be and not how it is. And that is largely because of the false reports. That was my point even though it really didn’t come across in my comment.

  • funkypicklez

    As a fan, I’m not really familiar with any Open World artist except As a fan of Shinhwa for some 10 years. I pray that he’s not involved in anyway although I find it highly unlikely that he’s been in the company for four years or so without ever noticing the sexual abuse.

    • hapacalgirl

      If he knew anything it would of been during 2008-early 2009 only, because from late 2009 till last year he was serving in the military and from last year till now he has been working with the shinhwa company on their comeback. It’s possible he wasnt aware of what was going on if it wasnt occurring often back then . Often senior artists are to busy too be really involved in what happens to the trainees. Also junjin was back to back busy during that time trying to complete everything for enlistment.

  • yuki kokoro

    Somebody understand the motive? Since this news has broken out, I’m still searching the reasons why he would do that. Why he would ask OTHERS to sexually harrassed the girls? I don’t understand, is it a test of some sort, that’s so sick! I just don’t get it.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/KFOLAJLXYHOCHDRFCSECACDGFI Lisuh-chan

      He probably thought that if he’d get caught, a few people would also go down with him. I heard that he watched them sexually harass the girls with the recordings that the police confiscated from him real time while the others were harassing them. what a sicko.

    • hapacalgirl

      A display of power and male dominance. Often people on higher positions feel they are above the law and can get away with anything. The problem is often the legal system in korea turns a blind eye to the crimes of rich businessmen.

      • xNoirX

        The chairman of S-something Electronics was proven guilty of tax evasion but got away because his imprisonment can cause economic difficulties.   He was officially pardoned.  He was not even apologetic.  He did not build up the company from scratch or anything… just most spoiled trust fund b*stard ever.

        (Please do not spell out the name of the company.  They do monitor internet for public opinions and such.  No they won’t send out a ninja squad to kill me, but they can make life difficult for my relatives in SK.)

        • http://twitter.com/amyxvip amy darajati

           reading this kind of thing is what really makes me realized how life can be so unfair sometimes

        • animasaurus

           I read the book about said place that the man who once worked there (who is now shamed and exiled sadly) and it was awful. A good read though.

          • xNoirX

            What is the title of the book? Is it in English or Korean?

          • animasaurus

             It’s called “Think Sam***” It’s originally in Korean but I read the English version of the book. Type the full name of the company though if you look for it. :)

      • xNoirX

        The chairman of S-something Electronics was proven guilty of tax evasion but got away because his imprisonment can cause economic difficulties.   He was officially pardoned.  He was not even apologetic.  He did not build up the company from scratch or anything… just most spoiled trust fund b*stard ever.

        (Please do not spell out the name of the company.  They do monitor internet for public opinions and such.  No they won’t send out a ninja squad to kill me, but they can make life difficult for my relatives in SK.)

      • xNoirX

        The chairman of S-something Electronics was proven guilty of tax evasion but got away because his imprisonment can cause economic difficulties.   He was officially pardoned.  He was not even apologetic.  He did not build up the company from scratch or anything… just most spoiled trust fund b*stard ever.

        (Please do not spell out the name of the company.  They do monitor internet for public opinions and such.  No they won’t send out a ninja squad to kill me, but they can make life difficult for my relatives in SK.)

      • xNoirX

        The chairman of S-something Electronics was proven guilty of tax evasion but got away because his imprisonment can cause economic difficulties.   He was officially pardoned.  He was not even apologetic.  He did not build up the company from scratch or anything… just most spoiled trust fund b*stard ever.

        (Please do not spell out the name of the company.  They do monitor internet for public opinions and such.  No they won’t send out a ninja squad to kill me, but they can make life difficult for my relatives in SK.)

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/KFOLAJLXYHOCHDRFCSECACDGFI Lisuh-chan

    I’m really relieved that THE BOSS aren’t involved with the idols in question that the CEO forced to harass the girls, but now it lowers down to X-5, LUG (this group was mentioned in a koreaboo article and they are veterans to OWE), and Jun Jin (although I heard that he is not involved based on Shinhwa’s company, but no official statement from the police yet.) There’s also that mysterious person that voluntarily did what the CEO asked and is not apart of the company. The scandal just gets sicker and sicker, I can’t believe a person would even do such a thing. That guy is scum and deserves to pay for all his did in jail. Not only did he sexually harass those trainees and force others to do the same, he even placed a bad name for the company and the innocent artists under the label. So much crap happened because of him and I hope he deserves a taste of his own medicine behind bars.

  • ggoma

    I’ve already heard stories about what Jo In Sung and Jun Ji Hyun had to do fame. Nothing surprises me.

    This is so sick. They should be locked up forever and probably would be in the US in the right court, but they will probably get off with a couple years and a fine. As if money can do anything to repair what has happened.

    • OhJisHo

      I am not familiar with what the Jo In Sung and Jun Ji Hyun had to do.  Where can I read about it? I really like Jo In Sung and didn’t realize he dealt with something similar.

      • ggoma

         To get famous, they slept with certain people high up in the industry in order to get better roles.

    • OhJisHo

      I am not familiar with what the Jo In Sung and Jun Ji Hyun had to do.  Where can I read about it? I really like Jo In Sung and didn’t realize he dealt with something similar.

    • OhJisHo

      I am not familiar with what the Jo In Sung and Jun Ji Hyun had to do.  Where can I read about it? I really like Jo In Sung and didn’t realize he dealt with something similar.

    • OhJisHo

      I am not familiar with what the Jo In Sung and Jun Ji Hyun had to do.  Where can I read about it? I really like Jo In Sung and didn’t realize he dealt with something similar.

    • xjewelzx

       trust me, it’s not just Jo In Sung & Jeon Ji hyun…. i actually have a lot of friends who are training to be actresses or had small roles in some dramas.. One of them got a very small role in Secret Garden & she admitted she had to do some sexual favors for the higher up people to get the part.. it’s a well known fact in Korea that A LOT of the actors & actresses & singers have sponsors who give them money & fame if they sleep with them… not ALL of them but A LOT of them got to where they are because they slept with the CEOS & the higher ups.

      • ggoma

         Yeah, my friend is in the business,tyvm.

    • cherry_pick

      Wow. You just singled out JIS when the article is not even related to him. I know you have your “stories,” I just wished you exercised more caution in naming people in sensitive/sensational topics as this. 

      • ggoma

         So many people already know the rumors from Korean sites.

  • kagero tanaka

    I too really hope that CEO is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and filed and punished. The really sad fact of the matter is that this abuse is happening all to often, in Korea. Young woman being sexually harassed and abuse and taken advantage of. Hopefully issues like this will prompt some tighter and stricter laws regarding the rights and protection of women and children.

    Dramafever documentary series “Shocking Life” shred some serious light on the rampant sexual abuse of women in Korea. Hopefully with much of these news spreading through international media and the documentaries maybe this will prompt more laws and stricter punishments for creeps like the CEO of OWE. 

  • severely

    The only thing I want to add is that men can be victims of sexual abuse too, and I wish that the writer’s call to protect members of the industry was more gender neutral.

    Otherwise, total agreement with everything said.

  • muggle87

    I hope korea will wake up and start protecting the trainees and celebs from being abuse by agencies like this.

  • GracefulCassieShapley

    Cases like these really sicken me. Maybe its a topic that I feel more sensitive and uncomfortable towards, but well aware of. Its horrible that these young girls were sexually harassed, and even worse was that the CEO called the shots behind it. These girls were trainees, some didn’t know any better and probably weren’t expecting this; they just wanted to be famous or achieve their dreams as singers, actresses, dancers, etc. The CEO knew this and  exploited their vulnerabilities. Its just awful, I pray for those girls. I really do. 

    Statistics show that the more you move up the “power” pyramid, the more insane, greedy, and power hungry the person is. Not all powerful people are like this, but some of them might be like this. They feel that they can do whatever they want because they’re above the law. Since the CEO is a man, he feels like he is exerting male dominance over these females and he enjoys having control over them sexually, mentally, etc. This really disgusts me, and even worse he had other people assist him in abusing his female trainees. I find it disturbing that they managed to hide this for five years. 

    I really believe that it is not THE BOSS, but with X-5 and few others….I’m not sure. I sincerely hope that none of these idols were involved. 

    South Korea really needs to step its Justice system up and stop blaming the issue on the victim. In Canada (were I live) this CEO would spend a quite a long time in prison, and in the U.S.A., depending on which state he is in, he would spend a lifetime in prison. Two years is not good enough, that’s a bullshit sentence, it does nothing I tell you, NOTHING! 

    Sadly this isn’t the first case, we have heard of idols and actors/actresses committing suicide, plus other really terrible cases. Sometimes I even wonder about the ‘big three’….. 

    • black_rose45000

      “Sometimes I even wonder about the ‘big three’….. ”
      With this article, I started wondering too.

      • http://profiles.google.com/vjhhliang Valerie Liang

        i remember watching an entertainment program where the actress yoo inna stated in an interview that a very well known boss of one of the big management companies (presumed one of the big 3) sexually harrassed her. the show didn’t spend much time on it and they glossed over it very quickly, but hopefully its safe to say in all reasonable probability that YG is ok cuz that’s where she’s at now. its comforting to know at least one big management company seems ok

        • idontknoe

          Big 3 are more music/idol companies……. there are a lot of BIG entertainment companies though. You can easily eliminate the big 3 though. JYP and SM tend to like homegrown talent that they mold and she’s with YG.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Willam-Mclean/1003580224 Willam Mclean

      The Big 3 are fine in that regard, mainly due to their high profile of their companies from the beginning.

    • MamaWack

       I have been wondering about the ‘big three’ as well.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Willam-Mclean/1003580224 Willam Mclean

    I think that the title is very misleading because you’re making the link between the event and Kpop when Open World Entertainment is an Entertainment Company which also has actors. OWE is not Kpop.

    • hapacalgirl

      Even though they house actors, the people involved in addition to the CEO were kpop idols thus it is inherently linked to Kpop.. All of the entertainment companies house actors even the ones we primarily know to house Kpop idols (SME,JYP,YG, etc all have bonafide actors in their company roster).

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Willam-Mclean/1003580224 Willam Mclean

        Would we classify Tiger JK’s Jungle Entertainment as Kpop? It mainly deals with Hip Hop and R&B Artist but by classification of Kpop, those are genre which are included. Brave Entertainment is another Hip Hop/Kpop company

        There is no mistaking Shinsadong Tiger’s AB Entertainment as Kpop considering he has only EXID so far.

        However, the main point is, OWE is not Kpop just because it has some Kpop contracts or training artists for a career in either music, dance or acting. So your point that “all entertainemnt companies” have actors/actresses is very valid because you’re classifying the company as an Entertainment Company.

        The title suggests that it is the “ugly side of kpop” which means that the horrific actions that the CEO committed was done due to being a dynamic of the Kpop Industry. We know that such crimes are not limited to an entertainment genre, but occurs world wide in the Entertainment Industry.

        It is the “ugly side of seeking fame” where exploitation stories are common, in this case Kpop was a common denominator.

  • EbenezerScrooge

    “Uncle fans” in driving the market for girl groups is hardly shocking and indeed even expected.”
    Just reading this is enough to make me sick, like seriously this is so wrong on so many levels, I’m pretty speechless. All I can think of rn is how many times I’ve seen in variety shows MC’s, middle aged men, fanboying over the likes of Suzy, Sully, and IU, and everyone just laughs over it, like its the cutest thing, like its a big joke. Except its not cute because they’re underage. Or just the other day I remember reading about some MC from weekly idol admitting to feeling attracted to that kid Taemin from SHINee because he looked so feminine dressed like a girl…..Whaaaaaaa!?! *shivers* Who says shit like that? And all the comments on AKP were like “LOL! He really is beautiful!” I mean, was I the only who felt disturbed by this?

  • Black_Plague

    As one who has seen his own team leader at work sexually harass female coworkers, not to mention that a particular girl I knew back in 2010 was also a victim of attempted rape by her own boss, this article makes my blood boil to the maximum.

    This is why I believe the death penalty should be more actively used against fuckers like that slimy greaseball. They literally, deserve to be treated the same way the Nazis did to the Jews or the Soviets did to political opponents. There’s no point putting them in prison. They can’t be fixed – they’re better off being fish food.

    And here, we have human rights groups protesting about this sort of shit, saying death penalty shouldn’t be used. Well, I think it’s safe to say this to them – “FUCK YOU”. The very moment Person A rapes or sexually harasses Person B, Person A deserves to have ALL of his/her rights taken away – and frankly, rightfully so, whether he/she like it or not. Take it back,  Person A shouldn’t even be called a human. He should be treated like an inferior subhuman and for a light punishment, it should be ten years of hard manual labor in the ROK Marine Corps bases or assigned to a cannon fodder battalion, just in case war with the DPRK ignites again.

  • MamaWack

    Given the results of Jang Ja-yeon case I’m sad to say this but this will be another issue that will be swept under the rug. It will cause a few weeks (for the most) upset in the citizens but it will be forgotten again. I hate to say this but the impression I’m getting is that the Korean public don’t care about this things, they don’t even have minor protection law for minors in the entertainment industry. Korea needs to do something quick about this.
    Riding on the hallyu wave will expose all Korea dirty little secrets causing it to lose reputation and deem as a unfit industry to be in.

  • cheoreom

    I’m horrified and angered by this.

    This scandal runs much deeper than only the sexual harassment of idols and trainees. It brings into question Korea’s attitude towards such incidents. There are too many things that Korean society prefers to ignore and sweep under the rug like depression, harassment, emotional trauma. If a woman is raped, she is the one who is ashamed because people—even the police—will assume that she “asked for it”; if a person is depressed or experiencing some type of emotional stress, they are mocked for being “weak”. And because of that, people are less likely to get the help they need and are forced to suffer unimaginable things.

    I can only hope that this incident will be taken as the last straw and that measures will be taken to prevent this from happening again. I’m praying that all those who are guilty have justice served to them.

    Idols should start a labor union. I’ve always found it odd that idols are rendered powerless just by signing a piece of paper. If they are being mistreated, they should be able to fight for better working conditions like everyone else does. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DMI6R572LNKXNXYVEOMYL3UXBY AnitaAverlon님

    He’s ugly bastard. He doesn’t know what to do. I pity all of his trainees who had been harassed. I am really sorry to say this. But the CEO is stupid. 

  • jsnldn

    this is disgusting. i hope the survivors will recover and they get justice. how many more do cases like this have to happen? all these suicides, rapes and exploitation in k-pop. they don’t even get punished. k-pop fans don’t even care at all. they don’t put any pressure on the industry and nothing changes. i like the music, but all these abuses are just sick.

  • http://twitter.com/BibiHishiko Hishiko★ヒシコ★장현애

    i want to join the audition to be a kpop idol. now i’m afraid, i don’t want to have sex with man i don’t love! omg!

  • trhr

    They are Corrupted behind close the door and take a vantage of young teens THAT MAKE ME SICK TO MY STOMACH MAKE ME WANT TO PUKE its not just KPop tho Every entertainment industry have BAD APPLE and I MAJOR  Complain about South Korean sexual harassment or Rape towards Women Why is Korean Federal Law for Rape so F*** UP it make my blood boil People Please Study South Korean Law Little especially male adult rapes under age girls THIS IS SO SAD 

  • Cheyenne Turner

    These young women (and men) come in to these industries with big hopes and dreams. Being shown that the life of fame is glamorous. In some cases it really is. Fame is nice when you first start. You like the attention and you like the feeling of being looked up to. You like the feeling of people knowing who YOU ARE. As time goes on you become overworked, depressed, abused, possibly sexually abused like in this case, or you commit suicide. This happens in any industry. Not just South Korean.  Not saying it happens all the time. Some people are treated better and cope better with fame. Although I am glad that the dark side is coming out. Some people don’t know but if you listen to some singers or actresses you can hear in some of their works that they are asking for help. Maybe not help but are venting. G Dragon’s song “A Boy” shows the darker side of the industry. Just an example off the top of my head of course. Not saying he has as serious of problems but there is no doubt in my mind he has probably suffered from depression. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004028965322 Michelle Le

    THE FAGGOT PROBABLY RAPED BOTH FEMALES AND MALES. omg, to think that X-5 and the boss also took part in it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004028965322 Michelle Le

    I HOPE SNSD OR IU WON’T DO IT. THEIR COMPANY WILL DIE BY MY HAND.

  • fardowza

    Its really a shame that the rapist involved in her murder came back and is making To The Beautiful You. I am angered that SM and its artist are working with a killer and rapist. There needs to be something done to protect these women. As idols are getting younger and younger I am really worried.