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Park Shi-hoo to make drama comeback in OCN’s Neighborhood Hero

Park Shi-hoo (Alice in Cheongdam-dong) has been cast as the leading man in the latest project from PD Kwak Jung-hwan, of Chuno, Conspiracy in the Court, Runaway Plan B, and Basketball. The spy action drama, called Neighborhood Hero, is being planned for a 2016 broadcast on cable network OCN and Park Shi-hoo has confirmed that he’ll be headlining. It’ll have been three years since his last drama, most of which Park spent out of the limelight following a rape accusation and ensuing media tumult. He has since returned to acting in the movie After Love opposite Yoon Eun-hye, which has been shot but not yet released.

Neighborhood Hero is about a former black-ops agent who lives quietly in a small neighborhood and runs a local bar, who ends up fighting evildoers and becoming the town’s hero. Park Shi-hoo has been cast to play the highly skilled ex-spy, who now runs a bar literally named Neighborhood Bar. He keeps his past hidden, of course, and while serving up drinks to everyone who comes by, he naturally comes to know the ins and outs of his neighbors’ lives and becomes part of their family.

He also takes someone under his wing — a young man who dreams of becoming a police officer — and trains him to be an agent like himself. Together they’ll fight the evil that the town faces, and become neighborhood heroes. They don’t say what this evil entails, so we could be looking at anything from gangster loan sharks, to foreign spies, to the zombie apocalypse (okay, probably not that).

The series, though driven by spy action, promises to really be about family, neighbors, and frank everyday life. It’s sure to be compared to Covertly, Grandly, which had a similar blockbuster-action-meets-small-town-family premise, and was really heartwarming when the neighbors became a makeshift family.

Neighborhood Hero is being planned for 20 episodes, to be broadcast in 2016.

Via Star News, Xports News

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Oh bummer

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Although eventually cleared of all charges, the actor sued his accuser and Hwang as being involved in an elaborate plan to blackmail him.
Park eventually dropped the lawsuit against Hwang to move on with his life, according to a representative for the actor.
"[Park Si Hoo] had dropped the case against Mr. Hwang to wrap up all the troubles he had [experienced]," the rep said.

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Mr.Hwang was also countersuit PSH and decided to gave the evidance straight to the police. He's said that he's choosed to kept it quite because he didn't want PSH became more hurt.

As his ex-agency, he knows PSH card or maybe any bad things about him that his fans didn't know. Than to looks more pathetic and bad boy in front of public, its save for PSH to drop his case against Mr.Hwang.

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Still can't look at him the same way.. Even if he didn't rape the girl the fact he was willing to sleep with a 24 year old woman after meeting her for a couple of hours for the first time is a huge turnoff..

A pity he's not a bad actor at all but I just can't bear to watch any of his works or old works.. I wonder what reactions of the knetizens are? I'm also surprised he is able to still get lead roles I thought he would at least get demoted into supporting or something...

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If he didn't rape the girl, I don't know what the problem is. I thought one night stands were pretty normal things these days even though I don't support it myself. Am I missing something here?

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The fan girls "that's my future husband" ones who thought of him as their virgin in waiting and not so much fans of his great acting are the ones I suspect are still hating on him even though he was easily cleared of doing anything wrong.

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He was never cleared, the police stopped investigating him because he settled. A few months later, the laws changed, now police still investigates even if there was a settlement.

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The hard thing is, if you defend him because there is evidence that makes "A" suspicious as a person you get slammed. Her actions post intercourse are suspicious (getting caught on a camera texting or on kakao smiling), staying at his dorm for 4 hours after she was raped the 2nd time and not drunk anymore. At the same time, both lie tests (they're bullshit but w/e) said that both parties were telling the truth although they had different stories. Also, she said she was never conscious and that is rape...

Maybe because it just reminds me of the LBH case where the two girls tried to blackmail him (both parties are in the wrong obvi) but I don't think the possibility of her trying to be set for life can be 100% ruled out either since the case was settled...ugh. Wish there was closure to the court cases (although i'm guessing there wasn't enough evidence both ways) which is why they ended up settling.

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@AJ, lie tests measures how nervous a person is when they're asked a question. He may have believed himself that he didn't rape the girl but she felt raped. The important thing is what she felt raped. and how her life and mentality will forever be affected by this. She was raped by the way, she was unconscious when they had sex.

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Ms.A was passed lie detector test while PSH and Mr.K were failed for twice examinations.

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She didnt ask for sex. i mean she was unconcious, and when she woke up she was naked, and there was anotehr man (besides BSH)

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But we'll never know if he rape the girl or not right? since the case was settled out of court..
I was a big fan of him, but now I just don't feel anything anymore.
I think I'll pass this one though

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He raped her, otherwise he would never let the girl off after all the things she accused him of. He ended buying her off to make it seems it was "selttled out" the funny thing is he said he would prove his innocence, but he never did.

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+1 netizen assumption

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AJ, I followed the case closely, watched the cctv where he and his friend carry a unconcious girl into his house, there is no way to say she wasn't drunk enough to give consent, PSH was sober too, a blood exam showed it. Then he started his shady media play and everybody started to blame the victim, and this is all he wanted: some doubt, to stay alive in the industry

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This argument could easily swing the other way though. If it were me, and I was taken advantage of my some big-name celebrity, I would NEVER settle out of court. I'd see the jerk in jail or die trying. So the fact that SHE agreed to settle makes me more suspicious of her motives. Why go through all that stress, bother, and attention if you're not willing to see it through to the end? It makes sense if money was the main motivator, not justice.

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I’d see the jerk in jail or die trying. So the fact that SHE agreed to settle makes me more suspicious of her motives

That is because Korea law court sucks against sexual crimes, and they would drag this only for him stay in jail few months (almost impossible) or paying a fine (that isn't that much tbh)

his family and his lawyers media played soo much about this, making his crazy fans attack and threat her and her family, her pictures, info everything you can find online, PSH side kept doing shady things to destroy her image and win the case, but police still said she had proofs and he was charged with quase rape and rape. And since the court always let them decide before if them want to settle out, I bet to not be convited he payed a big sum, his image was already ruined and she exposed everything, people know this cases end up with money, so no, don't find it fishy. She had proof and he didn't, and settled out, so means he was guilty.

If you doubt me, go search about the kmovie the silencied, tells about lots of sexual crimes that were buried by money and power. Or go search how rape victims are looked on korea. For what I know, even her dad lost his job!!!

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Good thing one person came out and said the things you did. I used to like him so much cos he truly is a good actor but I can never see him the same way. I think the exact way you do. I find it completely disgusting he is allowed back into the industry, and even worse headlining projects....

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Dear, if you live in korea, you will know who the law is really loose on sexual crime. and most of the rape, sexual crimes are done my man(->to women) and many people dont go to jail. Rather than sending the rapist to jail, its easier and even the people(police/cops who are in charge) wants this crime to end in other way (settlement? by giving compensation to the victim and end the situation)

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Daisy, you're so funny.

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I thought it was pretty common, the age gap, I mean. Didn't an idol get married to/is dating someone twice her age right now ??

For me, I'm still not sure I will be fine watching him after tHe whole fiasco. Seems like the industry is ready to move on.

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He slept with a drunk girl, he raped the girl

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He was drunk also so I can say she raped him.
All three were drunk and Park Shi-Hoo is not the one she went on the date with or woke up with.

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no he wasn't drunk! He made blood exams and came clean, he was sober. And the girl dead drunk (there is a video of PSH and his friend carrying her off to his apt)

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She was unconscious and unable to consent. His penis didn't just fall on her vagina while she was passed out.

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Are you crazy? There is a CCTV recording where the girl is being dragged unconsciously by his assistant/henchmen/minion while he walking in front of them. Try to search a case where a high school girl raped by her senior in US. In the beginning, she tried to brush it off and even blame herself. Eventually she realized that raped is a crime and she is a victim. Try to use your brain and read some of these : http://gawker.com/tag/senior-salute

The reasoning probably kinda similar, she should have been grateful that PSH dick consider her worthy to be drilled into like how these highschool girls should think they're honored to be raped by her seniors. Maybe when the perpetrator is not the figure you wish to f*ck you can understand more what a rape is.

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This kind of wild gossip is wrong.

She was NOT dragged.
She was carried piggyback style by her date that phone records show she was still talking to back and forth even after that night.

She was nothing like a high school girl. She was a grown 24 year old woman.

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Oh, so the fact that an unconscious woman was carried piggyback style and not actually dragged into Park Shi Hoo's apartment, and the fact that she was not a high school girl, means that PSH IN HIS OWN WORDS admitting to having sex with her, was not rape?

Some of you people...... I really hope you don't work in criminal justice or police or any kind of position where you might have to work with a rape victim.

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I have no idea if it was rape or not, but sleeping with someone hours after meeting them seems not all that uncommon in the Amy Schumer era.

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Let me make it simple, a sober guy sleeping with a drunk girl is rape, no buts and ifs.

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thank you!

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Let me make it clear. The facts in this case have been disputed from day one with back and forth exchanges here in the past that I haven't bothered to get into. The spin on both sides has been intense from the beginning, and the legal system -- not to mention the press -- fails on a pretty regular basis to get at the truth. So as I said, I don't know what happened.

My point was in response to the person who couldn't respect him because he slept with a strange he barely knew.

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There's a video footage of her being passed out drunk, him sober enough to drive to the apartment, him sober enough to get an erectile to have sex with an unconscious body. He admitted to sleeping with an unconsious body, it's rape. I don't see what's hard to understand?

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Sleeping with an unconscious girl is rape in my definition.

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You don't know that she was unconscious.
That is just her story and she was caught lying about the phone calls.

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What's matter if he slept w/ 24 years old woman? Age gap doesn't mean you're pervert or oldhag.
Me and bf 9 years apart, my sis and husband 14 years apart. And after meeting few hours 1st time? Isn't it that happen even in country w/Asian culture's "club" for the starter?

No defend PSH, but isn't fair when fangirl dreaming abt innocent manga-oppa that doesn't do normal guy-things in their normal-life. They are human, as well.

I don't want to put finger for the rape. In any case, I never know and no need to know. Is his right to do whatever f he wants in his life. If the girl turns out to be victim, I can only hope she could recover and bless her heart. Mmob. Juding is a kill.

We have plenty other amazing actors and dramas ahead and his comeback won't ruin my dramaland. Ciao.

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Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.

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Damn right! I have no idea what really happened and I don't 100% believe what other people said happened. But let's be careful of our words.

Not a fan of him and I couldn't finish Cheongdamdong(though it did make me realize that I loathe Cinderella stories). But I don't care who he is or what he has done if this drama is good.

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I never raped anyone, I can cast all the stones. No problem!

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He was willing to sleep with a 24 year old after meeting her or a couple of hours...

Unfortunately, this happens more often than not. You just don't hear about it.

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I think its completely ridiculous that he's being judged for what he does in his personal life. He made a mistake, he got drunk and slept with a girl. It happens. The girl then decided to tell her friend and her friend decided they should sue him for money. Now he's paying the price for some girl trying to black mail him. It was proven by the police he was innocent and he in turn sued the girl. But yet he's still being punished. He is a great actor and his life shouldn't be ruined because of a drunken one night stand.

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good to know that, i really like him and was waiting for his comeback, and now knowing that he didn't rape the girl is good news.
thank you!

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Sleeping with an unconscious girl is rape though.

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that i don't know if it happened, but what i do know is that i'm going to watch this drama because of him.
i believe in second chances and repentance whether he is guilty or not.

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Are you 5? He is super rich, popular and powerful. If he didn't rape her why wouldn't he sue her back but settling out of court.
That only mean he did and use money to bury it.
But fan girls are always my oppa is innocent
*roll eyes*

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Whether he did or did not commit rape is an utterly unknowable answer. The situation is not as simple and clean cut as Brittni says, but neither is it as simple as you say. Conflicting personal points of view, celebrity status, money, media attention, dramaland behind-the-scenes politics, etc. etc. etc. all come into every action and statement made on the subject. No one can look from the outside and see the picture clearly. Probably no one inside either. Which of course creates the dilemma of whether to watch him or not. I loved him before this all happened, so I have been internally debating this question for a while now. Would I watch him again? A big selfish part of me is eager for the return of someone whose acting I love (and this does seem potentially like my kind of drama), but then again neither am I comfortable ignoring the possibility that he did something that should NEVER be done and is no longer deserving of any admiration of any kind. Honestly, I've still not made up my mind.

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No, the answer is simple. He was sober when he raped a girl so drunk she couldn't walk much less give consent. There is no gray area like a lot of people here seem to imply.

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And you became the bearer of the absolute truth when? You may be right. Then again, you may be wrong. I've seen reports saying he was drunk. I've seen one's that said he was sober. Since none of those reports mention someone giving him a breathalyzer at the time of the event, who freakin' knows. Now, if you read korean, you may have one up on me when it comes to access to information, but my point is the same. Assertions by random people on the internet is not proof. I'm a little wary of damning somebody on their merit or on the merit of the evidence that was apparently not enough for a conviction. Am I doubtful? Yah. I didn't just fall off a turnip truck. But jumping on the condemnation bandwagon as some people have put it "to be on the safe side" also goes completely against my idea of what's just. None of us were there. None of us know anything firsthand. All the information we have heard has gone through many of the filters I listed above. So where do any of us get off thinking we have a monopoly on certainty?

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@anniemo there's is video footage of her being so drunk she had to be carried, she looked like she passed out, he was fine. In fact Chris here states that he said he was sober because otherwise he was drunk driving.

You want to be just, how about being just for the girl? You want to give him the benefit of the doubt, means you are condemning the girl, blaming her without evidences. In these cases, I tend to side with the victims just because of the stigma associated with being a rape survivor, and the stats says less than 2% of reported rape cases are false.

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Whoa whoa whoa. Back the truck up. In what universe does not condemning him mean automatically blaming her? Where do you get off making that accusation? "If you're not with me, you're against me"? Way to be rational. I totally believe you now. On the contrary, I am very purposefully not taking a side because I don't know the truth. Everything you say (aside from your caricature of me) may very well be the truth. Then again, it might not. You are an anonymous individual on the internet (so by the way is "Chris"). I am not naive enough to take your word as gospel, but I am also not calling you or the possible victim a liar. My entire argument is that these are very serious accusations. Whole lives are at stake on both sides. I'm not about to come down on EITHER side based on the conflicting accounts I've heard, hearsay, or rumors. Yes, as an actor, I liked him. That does not give him carte blanche. I will always doubt him (which by the way is because part of me believes her). If you choose to 100% believe her, that is absolutely positively your prerogative. But it is a belief, not a fact. Do not treat it as such and attack other as if it was so.

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I would say the same, by the way, to anyone who 100% believed him.

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And I'd love to know where you got your rape stat from. Aside from the clear blue sky. NOBODY can know the exact percentage of rape accusations that are false. Absolutely proving something wasn't rape is at least as hard as proving it absolutely was. Also, I'm pretty sure most investigations work towards proving something DID happen. If that can't be done, they don't usually work on proving it DIDN'T happen. You might have convinced me if the stat was something more like "less than 2% of accusations were investigated thoroughly enough to be proven absolutely false." Rape is a horrible crime. It is under reported. The victims often face terrible obstacles and unwarranted blame if they chose to press charges (or even if they don't). But don't make stuff up.

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To ANNIEMO!

Super duper love your argument in this sea of comments! I see the points of others but I totally love your comments! Hihi just fangirlin' over you! Haha

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I don't want to argue with you or anything, but I don't think he was proven innocent by police. The case was settled out of court so in the end we don't know if he was guilty or innocent.

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Don't rewrite history to defend this guy. She was the one who was drunk, not him and he had to carry her into his house on his back and then slept with her. He never sued her and he was never proven innocent by the cops either. Charges were mysteriously dropped after he was charged with rape and quasi-rape. This means he obviously payed her off.

He kept saying he was going to "reveal the truth", but he didn't say anything. He just went into hiding and has been waiting for the right time to return by floating comebacks every so often.

And no, we can judge him all we want.

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Actually correction, he did sue her after she sued him but the whole thing was dropped and the police closed the case. Everyone know he's paid her off. There is no "innocence" proven in this case.

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I can judge her also as a full grown 24 year old woman that made a date with one guy and then after they all got drunk, had him carry her to Park's place where she could try to chase after him as it is common knowledge he is a lightweight drinker.

Which makes more sense as her date carried her in on his back and she woke up with her date next to her.

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A gentleman would find out where she lives and take her home and not to his apartment.

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HE DID NOT TAKE HER THERE
SECURITY CAMERAS PROVED IT
HER DATE CARRIED HER THERE

You know, her date she woke up in bed with, not Park Shi-hoo.
Her date she begged to take her to meet Park.

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His friend was carrying her to his apartment. He could have told him to take her home.

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What does it matter who brought her there? He still didn't have to have sex with her! She wasn't even his date. Go sleep on the couch. He made the choice to have sex with a girl who couldn't even walk. He was walking fine. He raped her. It's plain to see. I don't get why his fans try to defend his actions.

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Lol because that's why he is got into this mess. He had his friend brought a drunk girl into HIS home and he had sex with her.

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You yourself admit she was carried inside his house (too drunk to walk on her own/unconscious)

He admitted in his own words to having sex with her.

Sex with a person who is unconscious/too drunk to give consent = rape. It's not that difficult!

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I don't judge victims... and you shouldn't either. He's said many times he doesn't even drink. He wasn't drunk and still had sex with her. It was rape.

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I consider him the victim of a gold digger.
Males can be victims also.

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she is full grown women, but she is only 22 in international age (korean age:24) at that time, much younger than PSH. i dont find decent of PSH to have sex with some girl who is unconscious. they werent drunk in the beadroom. he dragged her.

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This is a classic case of blaming the victim. You don't want him to be in the wrong but if the girl was raped, you are basically defending rape which is a HORRIBLE thing to do. He was not proven innocent, it was settled out of court which means she was paid off. Did she make it up? Did he do it? Who knows, but don't start pointing a finger at the potential rape victim just because you like the actor.

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Who is to say she is the victim?
You think people do not chase after celebrities?
Really?
You think someone would not take advantage of a drunk male celebrity?
You know some of them would.
You know a lot of them would.

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I know. But the blaming the victim mentality is when people all side on the rapist side and blame the victim. No one knows for sure except those involved if she was raped or not, but if she was raped you are already blaming her for it. But since their is no proof and he is a star you are taking his side and not the potential victims side. If he didn't do it then she was definitely in the wrong, but until their is proof he is innocent I will take the potential victims side.

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She is the one who wanted to meet Park Shi-hoo
She was on a date with his friend.
Her date carried her on his back, not Park Shi-hoo.
She woke up with her date in bed with her.

I can believe the security cameras the same as the police.
She was with the other guy.

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@ Lilly From his mouth, he admitted sleeping with her. Why are you twisting stuff. He said its consensual and even got the bar owner to lie for him that she wasn't drunk. Then the CCTV was disclosed. Well, he lied about the consensual part. They had to carry her to his place.

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Then why was only PSH's DNA whose found in Ms.A body ? PSH did sexual intercorse with her not Mr.K.

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It was her story that she told that she woke up in bed with her original date.
That is where I got it from.
No twisting to it.

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@Lilly PSH admitted to sleeping with her. He claims it was consensual Ms. A claims it wasn't because she was too drunk and passed out to give consensus.

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The result of PSH DNA test is get from legal institution not from Ms.A story.

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He WASN'T proven to be innocent, police charged him with quasi-rape and sexual battery.

Don't twist things up.

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Not innocent and was charged, so it means he raped her, but not considered as raped because it was settled, bought of them are victim.

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typo, both of them are victim

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There was one victim, one perpetrator.

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what is he a victim of, then?

He could have charged her/countersued her if the allegations were truly false, you think any actually innocent person would pass up the opportunity to clear their name?

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Obviously you guys didn't read all the reports. The girl dropped her charges because the evidence against her was clear cut she was obviously lying. Her so called friend even turned on her and said it was all a set up and she was tricked into helping her. So no I'm not victim blaming, I'm going with the evidence that was provided. Her text messages were revealed which showed her laughing and joking and asking how much money can she get from him. So don't call me some crazy fan girl who is saying ohh oppa can do no wrong. Thats not what I'm saying. Im basing this off of the evidence that was provided. Yes he was charged for having sex with a drunk girl. But that doesn't mean he raped her. He basically got punished for a bad judgement call. From the second she left his apartment she was texting her friend and plotting to extort him. Men can be victims too.

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Seems like you just read PSH shady media play. There is other texts, and police proofs that PSH was not innocent, he didn't even want to go to police to answer questions, if this isn't shady. And he dropped his charges against her, if he was innocent he would never.

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She had just been raped--why not sue the bastard. Very few rape cases are black and white, especially considering that the majority of rapes happen between people who know each other, or people who were getting to know each other prior to the event. Let's even put aside his incriminating behavior leading up to the event--the video of them carrying her into his apartment, the amount of alcohol they plied her with before he took her to bed, the fact that he was sober enough to sustain an erection and perform a sex act to completion on her unresponsive person...The simple fact of the matter is that whatever signals she was sending him throughout the night, and whether she was still sober enough to consent to go back to his place with him--whether she was after his money before or after she was raped--she was unconscious when the actual sex act was performed. Sure, his judgment was impaired by alcohol, but he was still conscious and went through with it, and anyway that doesn't make him any less of a rapist. Say I get drunk and kill someone by accident, in a fight or something. Sure, I might get charged with manslaughter instead of murder, but at the end of the day, I killed someone. That makes me a murderer. Someone is dead. Here, someone was raped. That makes him a rapist. When that girl woke up in the morning, she woke up to a body that had been violated without her consent (and without her knowledge). Are we just supposed to erase her experience because the case was messy, mishandled, and never fully prosecuted, and the victim herself wasn't perfectly clean and did not burnish her victim creds after her rape? Park Si-hoo's damaged reputation should be the least of anyone's worries--he's lucky he got off.

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oh I'm sorry i didn't realize you were in the room with them and seen she was unconscious when they had sex. If you were there and seen it happen why didn't you stop it? They had sex once at night and then again in the morning. She would have been awake and sober the next morning. She left there with no issue all the while texting her friends. You think I'm wrong because I'm listening to the evidence but here you are blindly listening to some girl with no evidence. If she had a solid case she wouldn't have dropped it, her friends wouldn't have turned on her. Just because someone says rape does that mean we have to blindly crucify the man without solid proof? How many times have woman used it to vilify a man when he didn't deserve it? Woman can be just as devise as a man. But noooo obviously any man who has sex with a drunk girl is a rapist and should be crucified.

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On the contrary, all the evidence suggests that he did rape her--if it had gone to court in a place with stronger sex crimes laws, he would have been convicted pretty easily. As far as I can see, you are simply casting aspersions on the victim based on her behavior after the rape, on the mistaken assumption that all rape victims must act a certain way after they are raped, or obviously they are lying about the whole thing and/or are out to get their rapist.

And yeah, if one of them is so drunk they can't even walk on their own...and one of them is sober enough to drive to his home, get an erection, and complete sexual intercourse...ie, if one of the drunk people raped the other drunk person...yes, that's rape.

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I completely agree with you Juniper. The problems with discussing these kind of cases, in Korea or online, are that illegal acts are rarely clarified or separated from the actual person, much less when it concerns a star and involves sexual conduct. The horrifying act is always diminished or elevated based on who committed it. Unfortunately, that is just human nature.

That kind of judicial separation isn't something Korea is well-known for, especially when it comes to the rights of women. Perfectly shown here with even international fans who should have a broader understanding of rape and the plight of women around the world and yet, are choosing to believe in a handsome man who may be great/charming in a drama, or movie, or public appearance.

This is why women in many places cannot advance their social plight - it's not just the men, it's also other women holding them down.

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Because PSH's money and power can buy anything. Ms.A lawyer is just 1 from the start till the end, but PSH ??? He needs to changes his lawyers for 4-5 times !!!! Can you imagine how hard his rape case is ???

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THANK YOU !

Park Shi-Hoo is the victim and she is the perp.

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Lol no. Guys who sleep with girls too drunk to walk on their own are the exact opposite of a "victim".

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You're funny. PSH is potential rapist thats why he needs several lawyers to saves him from the jail.

Contrary with Ms.A, she has strong evidences so with only 1 lawyer beside her she still can convince the police to indict him with rape.

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Yes, it's completely ridiculous that a rapist is being judged for his personal life--he just plied a young woman with alcohol, carried her back to his home, plied her with more alcohol, and had sex with her unconscious body. Honest mistake, happens all the time. Oh wait, it does. Victims just like her get raped just like this all the time, and then comments like this try to blame them for the fall-out, if not what happened to them.

Seriously, if you want to follow his career after what happened, that's one thing. I might not agree in this particular case, but I get the principle behind separating the artist from their art--I've seen Roman Polanski movies and do not feel I have in any way condoned child rape. But please don't try to erase her victimhood in some kind of fangirl crusade. It's not right.

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How convenient that everyone who is SO sure that he raped that girl forget that she was from the agency that he left that very day, much to the anger of his agent. Mr. K and Miss A were from that agency and his newly former agent was tight lipped and totally non-supportive of Park Shi Hoo. If that does not spell "set up" all over it , i don't know what does.

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@laraffinee

PSH previous agency is EYAGI while the girl is a trainee from another agency, if i'm not mistaken something like Core Media...( sorry i'm forget its full name )

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Sounds like an interesting premise. A pity many people can't see him d same way as before but i'll still watch if its good enough.

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I'll have a problem watching him as a hero with high moral values. Maybe a different character would be suitable. I don't know if he raped anyone or not, but I don't like the fact that he had a one-night stand with someone he had to carry into his home and was too drunk to properly consent. It's a triple mistake gone bad.

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Correction -

He did not carry her in on his back, that was the other guy who did, the same guy she says she woke up in bed with and the same guy that made the date with her and picked her up, not Park Shi-hoo.

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lolol she woke up with PSH over her. PSH himself confessed to have sex with her, his DNA was found on A. There is no way to deny this.

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Are you trying to say that Park Si-hoo had nothing to do with the fact that she ended up in his bed and his penis ended up in her vagina at the end of the night? So she knew the other guy first. So he was the one who carried her when she was too drunk to walk on her own.

...So Park Si-hoo's friend is implicated in the rape, as well. That does nothing to exculpate Park Si-hoo.

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I'm still not comfortable seeing his face. I was surprised Yoo Eun-hye did that movie with him. She hasn't had a good project to her name for a while and then that... I'm not surprised he's coming back though. There are worse cases still showing their faces on TV so... Oh well.

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I just hope their movie " After Love " will not release forever. I can't stand to see a lovely YEH at the same frame with this jerk !!

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So ironic and hilarious that he is cast as a hero that fight for justice
Such a joke

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I concur! Maybe it's a little too soon to be playing a 'hero'. I wonder how Korea will perceive his return. I don't have anything thing against him or care about his personal life but I do find it funny that the crazy fan girls all believe their stars are perfect-innocent-virgin male/females who do not consummate like normal people.

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im pretty sure most of the knetizens think he's trash already...regardless of whether he was convicted of rape or not, the fact that he had such a controversy with evidence to back up the rape-victim's claims was enough. pretty sure only his delulu fan girls are still by his side. knetizens are not very forgiving of mistakes, particularly ones this severe.

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I agree.
No to the hero.

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it could be worse, they could have cast him as a romantic hero!

I watched The Princess' Man only months before the scandal broke, and although it's one of the best kdramas I have ever seen, I cannot watch it again now because the sight of him as a romantic lead makes my skin crawl.

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Shame. I was really looking forward to this drama, the PD is really talented and now reading the character descriptions/general premise, it sounds really interesting.

But yeah, I'm out. I can't watch him in anything anymore.

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Looking forward to this a lot.
Sounds good and I have missed is acting A LOT.

WELCOME BACK PARK SHI-HOO ! ! !

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I'm curious to know what character would suit him?

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An inmate?

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Serial killer, psychopath, however i still wouldn't watch him
i used to be a big fan...now i can't stomach seeing his pics

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The rear end of a pantomime horse, if you ask me. No one would have to look at his face and it's naturally suited to his skill set. If only sageuk were that low rent...

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Oh wow. I have not watched him in anything other than few clips of Princess's Man. And I did not follow the case so I don't know who is right or wrong. (I guess even the Koreans don't know) I am more surprised by all the brouhaha over someone who is not even an international star, who acts in TV serials geared primarily towards... Koreans. We all here are outsiders peeking into their domestic industry.

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Try to read koala's coverage of it. She's tried to stay unbiased all throughout and even explains legal aspect of things. (She's a lawyer and also understands hangul so I trust her in translating stuff like this more than a fancafe.)

http://koalasplayground.com/2013/02/19/k-ent-rocked-by-sexual-assault-allegations-against-park-shi-hoo/

I've had to reread the 20+ articles about it again just to keep the facts straight. Some of the fans defending him word things so differently or cherry pick certain events.

http://koalasplayground.com/tag/park-shi-hoo/page/3/

I think the most generous concession you can give him is he knowingly let his friend carry a drunk girl who can barely walk into his own apartment and had sex with her.

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Are you joking...?!!!!!!!Koala's blog is BIASED ALMOST ABOUT EVERYTHING...even a simple episode review...and you're telling people to go there and read the completely subjective thing she wrote to shape their view about some one's charachter...
OMG this is just too much

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@mary, thanks for the link. Quite informative.
@Negin, offcourse it will be biased. It is HER blog i.e. her opinion.

Accusations of rape where consent is blurry often always turns into a case of he-said she-said. And most people tend to think of rape as only the violent type.
That being said I cannot wrap my head around the fact that a rape case can be settled by cash payment (as most comments here seem to suggest). That seems wrong on so many levels. Can murder also be settled similarly?

Also it seems the accuser dropped the case after police decided to indict him? In my opinion either the guilty should feel the weight of the law or the false accusers.

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ok before people pounce on me... clarification: I don't think the only rape is the violent kind, it was a comment on current society.

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She's outspoken about lots of actors and actresses. I find it funny even if she bad mouths my own biases. Then I laugh at her when she changes her mind about an actor she called ugly and then starts stanning.

But when it comes to explaining legal terms and what's happening in K-ent, she is not biased. If you ever read her coverage of Park Shi-hoo's scandal, you will understand. Unless you already approached it with a close mind. In which case, no amount of logic or neutrality will convince you.

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That being said I cannot wrap my head around the fact that a rape case can be settled by cash payment (as most comments here seem to suggest). That seems wrong on so many levels. Can murder also be settled similarly?

http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424052702304682504579154571193810410

Rape victims don't get a lot of support in SK. In fact, it's the opposite. It's a very uphill battle which, even if you win, you will most certainly still "lose" in society. (Just look at the comments here on DB. :(

It's not as simple as "she accepted the money so it must not have been rape" like what others are saying here. Maybe ruining his career and getting a lot of $$$ is the best way of revenge for her.

I can't find an old link in the past, of foreigners being raped. Because some Asian countries assume that Westerners are more liberal. And liberated = sexually deviant = free to rape. When the lady filed charges, she got fired from her job.

Just showing how difficult it is to win such a case even if you have evidence because of the biased thinking that persists in such societies. I'm not being judgy at SK in particular. This happens in my country too, even Church teaches us that a woman is raped because of the way she dresses.

We blame them for their behavior when they get raped. Then we blame them for giving up the fight and call them liars. I'm not sure I would have settled in her case, but I can't dismiss her decision either. Lots of factors led her to that.

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I feel obliged to point out that Koala does NOT understand Korean (hangul is just the alphabet, by the way, not the language), or at least her understanding is fairly limited/poor - she has, on numerous occasions, completely mistranslated things, such an episode summary of Who Are You where she translated "unconscious" as "in a coma." From what I've noticed, she translates to English from Chinese translations, usually provided on Baidu forums or articles (she never provides a source, though, but since I frequent those forums myself, I've noticed the exact same translations/sources she used), so this might be a fault of the original Chinese translator... but either way, she does not go off the Korean.

So no, I wouldn't consider her a reliable source of translations by any means.

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He should do a project with the title is THE CONFESSION OF RAPIST. Who knows maybe it will hit the jackpots.

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haha i laughed so hard. i agree.

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Oh dude. I don't even know...

Like the premise. Liked him. But I don't know if I could ever really watch him in something again...

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Just stop fantasizing him as a future husband and anyone can enjoy his acting because he really is good at it.

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You are so damn right, all this endless grudge and unforgiveness towards him are becouse of that.

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Rape is and should be unforgivable. It's not backlash against his "perfect husband image." He's just simply not a decent human being.

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He has zero morality. Period.

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He's a mediocre actor that looks plastic. I never fantasized about him. The can't forgive a rapist, sue me.

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So Alice in Cheongdamdong leads finally making comebacks at the same time, huh? Talk about coincidence..

I'm not huge fan, but I love his acting. Surely I still can't erase his past history and can't look at him the same way before scandal.. but we're here to watch his acting right? Not the real PSH who maybe we won't ever know..

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he play a hero?

what a joke

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It seems I am the only one pretty excited over his comeback to drama land. I don't believe that he raped that girl and I'm just happy to see him again. I really like him.

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I am with you. Whatever happened to the benefit of the doubt? I am glad he's finally starring in a kdrama and I hope he can put the past scandal behind him.

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Please learn about rape, victim blaming, and the very low statistic of false rape claim, it's lower than false burglary claims.

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@Luna. Every one here is entitled to their own opinion since no one here was present when it happened and most or all of us got our 'facts' from hearsay or news articles which may not be entirely accurate in what they report. There is always a bit of sensationalism involved in these media reports (the better to sell their articles). Since we all are relying on second hand reports to make our own judgments on this case, I find it most bizarre when people can say for a fact that they know with certainty what happened in that room.

Especially since it was not tried in a court of law where the facts could be critically examined but by the media or people's opinions. My giving him the benefit of the doubt in no way blames the victim - who is to say WHO the victim is, in this instance. I am merely reserving my opinion because I cannot say for sure what happened by just reading the paper or reading people's views on the matter.

BTW - just because the statistics are low that women make false rape claims, doesn't mean it is non-existent. False accusations have happened in the past. You must allow for the possibility that it may or may not be true. That is what the benefit of the doubt is.

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Scandal was on the past, He moved on and the victim too. Why don't give him a chance. Every human do mistake ( big or small or unforgivable ) still he has a chance to change. The girl agreed with the settlement, so means it no more causes with her.

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so if someone raped you, would you give him a second chance? or if he raped your sister, brother, mother etc?

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all I read was PSH statements, and police statements, and they said the same:

He was sober, she was drunk. There is a video, that I watched, of his building cctv, his friend carrying the girl over his apt because she was unconcious couldn't walk, talk.

PSH then slept with her, for him even if she was very drunk, she gave consent, thing is guys always think sleeping with very drunk girls are ok and don't think that maybe they are not sober to make their decision. She woke up whith PSH having sex with her, how horrible is that? Means she was unconscious.

Police report showed that PSH didn't go to police right away, just after 3 days or else police would arrest him to come.

He denied to give his celular phone away, he denied he was drunk, exams showed he was sober, so he could do the right choice to NOT sleep with a very drunken girl.

PSH and his friend BOTH FAILED the lie detector - the girl didn't. Shows you who was the wrong.

And if he had proof and was innocent he would never let it go, he would go to court to prove his innocence, but he didn't meaning he was guilty

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If i was the one being raped, i sue him and put in jail. I will not accept any settlement from him because he degrade me. But I was not that girl, she accept the settlement it means she is fine with what happened. She was 24 yrs old and not a teenager, why she need to drunk herself and let herself lost her consciousness knowing that she is with the boys, and anything could happened. As mature girl, you must know how to take care of yourself.

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@SHIN well guess what you're not her and she has the right to drop the case if she wants, if she was threatened by his fangirls, if his lawyers were smearing her reputation all over the media for some mediaplay.
Victim blaming is wrong, she has the right to drink all she wants as long as she doesn't drive after drinking, it is not illegal. What is illegal is raping someone.

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Its wasting your times to ask PSH fans because most of them are delusional and blinded.

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This is disappointing. The show sounds very interesting and something I would really want to watch but I wont watch this with PSH headlining. I used to love him until the rape scandal and now I just can't look at him the same. I ignore most things stars do in their personal life, but rape I cannot ignore.

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WELCOME BACK PARK SHI-HOO ! ! !

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Well, it's good to hear he is coming back to dramaland. I am missing him as an actor.

Let him become a beginner again. Tabula rasa.

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wow, lots of judgmental people in these comments.

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WELCOME BACK CLEARED AND INNOCENT
PARK SHI -HOO ! ! !

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Are for real??!!!!!!!

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*are you

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I hope you are very young because otherwise....

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i guess De-nile isn't just a river in egypt anymore but a flowing stream of consciousness in your fairytale life.

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