A Korean actor, Kang Ji Hwan, who was arrested on July 10 at his house in Gwangju, Gyeonggi Prefecture, South Korea for sexual assault has admitted to all charges.
The 42-year-old was suspected of sexually assaulted a staff member who was outsourced by his agency, and molested another.
He released a statement through his lawyer:
I’m Kang Ji Hwan.
I admit to all the charges and apologise to the victims who have been severely hurt by my irreparable mistake.
I would like to apologise to everyone who had a hard time because of this.
I will accept the punishment of my crime and atone for my mistake.
Once again, I’m sorry.
The three of them had gone for a company dinner, and went to his house for a second round of drinks. Ji Hwan reportedly locked them up in a room and fell asleep.
One of the victims, A, had reportedly texted one of her friends in Seoul, writing, “I was drinking in talent Kang Ji Hwan’s house but now I’m trapped.”
Ji Hwan went into their room when they were asleep. A claimed to have witnessed Ji Hwan’s attempt to sexually assault the other woman and screamed, which made him stop. She also noticed that her own clothes were in disarray and realised that the same thing could have happened to her, and decided to make a police report.
Police had gone to Ji Hwan’s house because A’s friend had made a police report. According to Korean media outlets, the police had separated Ji Hwan from the women and arrested him.
The two women also made a police report and underwent tests for sexual assault.
When questioned by the police, Ji Hwan said, “I only remembered drinking. I don’t recall anything that happened after that. When I opened my eyes, I was in the room that A was sleeping in.”
In a later statement, one of the victims claimed that she made calls to the police 13 times, but could not get through as there was no cell service in his house. She added that her SMS got through because of a WiFi connection in the house.
Ji Hwan has cancelled all activities. He is currently acting in Joseon Survival. The drama will not be aired this week, and reruns will not be shown.
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