Plot Thickens in Park Si-hoo Rape Scandal

  • By Oh Yu-kyo

    March 06, 2013 11:40

    A lawyer for a young woman who says she was raped by actor Park Si-hoo revealed new evidence on Tuesday to counter Park's claims that sex was consensual.

    Park's defense team submitted to police records of text messages sent by his accuser in which a friend of the 22-year-old aspiring actress encourages her to "get a lot of money" from the actor or "bring him down."

    In another message, Park's accuser allegedly responded, "I'm going to show them how well I can act by looking like the victim." Park also filed defamation suits against the accuser and her friend.

    In a fresh twist, Park now also accuses the head of his former management agency of attempted blackmail. The alleged victim in turn decided to disclose text messages she had exchanged the day after the alleged rape with a friend of Park's who introduced her to the actor.

    Her lawyer said, "Park's defense team distorted the truth by revealing things that were merely detrimental to her, in order to bolster his claims. We cannot tolerate him filing charges against her."

    The text messages she revealed contain information that counters Park's claims. The actor said the woman was not intoxicated and agreed to have sex with him. But in a text message dated 3:51 p.m. on Feb. 15, the day after the alleged rape, she told Park's friend, "I still can't sober up."

    That means she was still under the influence 12 hours after drinking with Park. In a message she sent a few minutes later, the woman says she was "surprised" when she woke up in bed next to Park and that it was "completely unexpected."

    Meanwhile, the head of Park's former agency denied collaborating with the woman to bring the actor down. He vowed to take legal steps to prove his innocence.

    Park had accused the CEO of trying to take revenge on him for leaving the agency that made him a star. Police are considering a lie detector test.

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