Jung Joon Young, Choi Jonghun, and 3 other members of "JJY chatroom" accused of raping a woman!
Amy Young , April 18, 2019, 1:09 p.m.
Jung Joon Young, Choi Jonghun, and 3 other members of "JJY chatroom" have been accused of raping a woman. On April 18, SBS funE released an interview with a woman who is alleging she was assaulted by Jung Joon Young, Jonghun, and 3 other men. She gave evidence of her ties to the group after confirming with reporter Kang Kyung Yoon with a voice recording, photos, and conversations from the controversial chatroom, and she's now decided to file a lawsuit against the men.
Disclaimer: This interview includes discussions of sexual assault
Below is the full interview by SBS Fun E with the victim on the allegations.
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Q. What is your relationship with the five members?
“I got to know Jung Joon Young in 2012 through an acquaintance, and I’ve known ‘Kim’ since 2013. One of my friends was dating Seungri at the time, so we used to hang out as a group. In early 2016, Jung Joon Young called me to grab a drink for the first time in a while, as he was hosting a fan signing event. The five members of the group chatroom and I, a total of six people, had drinks in three different locations. I was a bit drunk, but there were two more celebrities, and since I had known them for a few years, I let my guard down. They told me they booked a suite at a hotel and wanted to drink more there, but as soon as I drank alcohol [at the hotel], I lost consciousness.”
Q. What was going on when you woke up?
“I woke up because my head was hurting. My clothes were off, and Choi Jong Hoon was lying next to me, laughing. Since I did not have any clothes on, I asked them, ‘What is going on?’ They said, ‘You don’t remember?’ and chuckled. They came close to me while I was fully naked and teased me by saying, ‘Try looking for your underwear.’ ‘Heo’ even poked me around while jokingly suggesting that we should have sexual intercourse. When I told them to stop, they gave me back my underwear. I found my clothes, got dressed, and got out of the hotel. That’s what I remember from that day.”
Q. Were you not suspicious of getting sexually assaulted at the time?
“I do not remember anything after I lost consciousness after drinking at the hotel. I was taking pills for a panic disorder, so I loosely thought that might have been [the reason I passed out]. The back of my head was swollen as if I had hit [my head] against something. When I woke up fully naked in the morning, I felt shameful, but I wasn’t aware of what was going on, and I couldn’t ask. After I got out of the hotel, Jung Joon Young, Choi Jong Hoon, and ‘Kim’ contacted me as if nothing happened. Choi Jong Hoon even said, ‘See you later.’ It was hard for me to rashly ask them.”
Q. Did you contact them following reports of the group chat rooms?
“I contacted Choi Jong Hoon and ‘Kim.’ When I asked, ‘Did you film hidden camera footage of me?’ they said they absolutely did not. They told me, ‘We didn’t even talk about you [in the chatrooms], please believe us.’ They even said, ‘Do not worry. Let’s meet up.’ I realized that it would be difficult to expect a sincere apology from them or for them to reflect on themselves.”
Q. What made you decide to sue them?
“It’s painful every time I think about that day. Because it is embarrassing and it pains me, I deliberately tried to not talk about what happened that day. After I saw reports about the group chat rooms, I realized that even though I considered them as my close friends, it wasn’t the same for them. I can’t help but to think that they simply treated me like an object. I was ashamed. I hope they pay for their crimes.”
Q. How do you feel now that you are about to file a lawsuit?
“I’m worried that I might encounter retaliation or if the police will even carry out a proper investigation. The police stated that they have investigated the group chat rooms, but I have never been contacted by the police. I don’t know what will happen to me if [the five members] say they did no such thing. I’m scared that my identity will be exposed and that people will know that I was victimized.”