(Probably) not a woman-beater after all
Way back in January, actor Song Il-kook had a run-in with a female reporter, Kim Soon-hee, leading to some pretty ugly allegations. Their confrontation reportedly arose when she asked the actor for an interview and he refused. While he stuck to his statement that he hadn’t touched her, that their shirt sleeves hadn’t even skimmed as they passed each other, she sued him for striking her in the face and breaking a tooth.
Since the two stories were so contrary, it seemed that one side must have been a little, shall we say, creative with the facts since both of those statements couldn’t be true. It was just a matter of which side was telling the truth (or at least, more of it).
Although investigations and legal proceedings have been ongoing, the case has been somewhat quiet in the media, with brief mentions of its progress popping up every other month or so. But CCTV (closed-circuit television) footage from Song’s private home-surveillance cameras has been analyzed and an official interpretation of its contents has been drawn.
Song’s lawyers gave a statement to press on August 5 explaining, “The results came out as we had first suspected they would. The reporter’s accusation that Song Il-kook had shoved her roughly as he rejected her request [for an interview], who then raised suspicions that the CCTV footage had been manipulated, was judged to be untrue.”
This doesn’t mean the case is closed, however.
Song has leveled a charge against Ms. Kim’s witness, a photographer identified as Mr. Jo, for giving false testimony. Jo had testified at Reporter Kim’s libel hearing that there had indeed been contact between the two. Given the recent CCTV judgment, It’s likely Jo will also be investigated for libel and defamation of character.
Via My Daily