Lee Jae Won, a former member of popular idol group H.O.T back in the 90s and was earlier alleged to have raped a female trainee, has been cleared of all charges after the latter withdrew her appeal in a day of drama.
According to a police statement, Lee Jae Won was alleged to have commited the offence last month with the victim (female trainee) claiming that Lee Jae Won had lured her into a situation where she couldn’t resist and raped her.
A representative for the police station expressed, “Lee Jae Won has denied the rape allegation and explained that sexual intercourse took place after they both got drunk (without being aware of what was happening). As the victim has asked for Lee Jae Won to be put on trial while the latter has denied raping her, the case had to be futher investigated before further action could be taken.
Lee Jae Won was called up for investigation early this morning. Since news broke, Lee Jae Won’s Cyworld has been bombarded by netizens and fans. Most of his fans couldn’t believe that this has happened and hope this isn’t true.
the following are the latest developments (credit: elisa@DTH/elisa*@soompi)
The woman has negotiated to cancel her appeal to the court.
Lee Jae Won’s management company stated, “The woman who had initially sued (Lee Jae Won) has stated that she does not want any legal punishment and will be submitting her documents canceling her court request. The problem has been resolved as a misunderstanding between the two parties”.
Lee Jae Won’s party stated, “The woman (and Lee Jae Won) have known each other for quite a while, so there was no force used whatsoever. This issue occurred because of a problem between the two. Lee Jae Won is undergoing a big struggle and feels very apologetic toward his fans.”
Despite the woman withdrawing her charge, the police are going ahead with investigations and have gathered some evidence against Lee Jae Won. The police stated that despite the woman settling the issue with Lee Jae Won in private, it will not affect investigations since a charge had been filed. The police will hand over their findings to the court after they are done with investigations. The court will rule within 20 days on whether they will prosecute Lee Jae Won. If the rape charge against Lee Jae Won stands, he could face time in jail.