Revealed phonecall transcript mentions a female to have been within JTBC chief's vehicle

Amanda Jones, Jan. 31, 2019, 9:35 a.m.


A tow truck driver who was the victim of a late-night hit-and-run accident caused by JTBC chief and main anchor Sohn Suk-hee on Wednesday revealed a transcript of a six-minute telephone call with Sohn.

In the phone call the driver, identified as Kim, alludes to a woman who emerged from the car Sohn was driving out of a church parking lot in a secluded area of Gwacheon at 10 p.m. on April 16, 2017. Kim told a TV interviewer that the woman appeared to be in her "mid-30s."

The phone call was recorded on Jan. 23, the day the news broke out that a freelance journalist reported Sohn, one of the most famous news anchors in Korea, to the police for assaulting him. The journalist had been harrying Sohn over the accident for many months.

Sohn called the truck driver and mentioned the subject of the woman. The reporter "is blackmailing me by claiming that you told him that a young woman was sitting in my car," Sohn says. "That is not true, as you well know."

But Kim responds, "If you say no, then I don't know what to say. But I did see a woman get out of your car at the scene." When Sohn denies it again, Kim says, "I may have been wrong, but that's what I saw. She got out" in the parking lot.

In a statement on Jan. 24, Sohn denied there was a passenger in his car on the night of the accident and vowed to submit evidence supporting his claim. But he did not say what the evidence is, or why he was so desperate to cover up a very minor fender bender to the point of offering his nemesis a job and money to keep him quiet.

In the transcript of the call, which was made 21 months after the accident, Sohn also appears to threaten the driver. "If you do not speak accurately, you could suffer the same damage [as the freelance reporter] if I file a complaint," Sohn says. "This is a matter concerning a person's privacy."

When asked if he felt threatened by Sohn, the driver said, "It would be strange if I told you I didn't feel that way." When Sohn keeps insisting that there was nobody but him in his car that night, Kim says toward the end of the call, "I could be wrong. It was very dark so I could have seen something else."

Locals living near the parking lot said very few people if any go there at night, and it remains unclear what Sohn was doing there. 

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