Open World Entertainment CEO arrested for alleged sexual harassment on artists and trainees; Police investigate reports, Tuesday April 10, 2012 Korea
Apr 10 2012, 08:52 PM
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Open World Entertainment CEO arrested for alleged sexual harassment on artists and trainees
The CEO of Open World Entertainment, the agency that houses The Boss, X-5, and Jun Jin, has been revealed to be arrested on alleged charges of sexual harassment.
On April 10th, he was arrested by undercover investigators near Gangnam for allegedly sexually harassing, assaulting, and raping his agency’s artists and trainees. Reports to investigators were filed a month earlier and officials have been working on the case since then, interviewing over 20 victims and testifiers, gathering further evidence on the case.
Investigators finally arrested him the day following his return from Japan and were cleared for a search and seizure warrant on the entire company building. Because investigators speculated that he and his associates would attempt to get rid of the evidence, they stood guard for five hours, interviewing group The Boss and their label mates to confirm all the details.
Police were able to find that the sexual assaults occurred on the company’s fifth floor along with the choreography rehearsal studio, which is located in the basement. Police were able to confiscate all CCTV (Closed Circuit TV) footage present in the building.
An official stated, “We’ve been receiving countless reports that the CEO was using his higher position to regularly sexually harrass and assault his trainees. Over 30 victims are involved in the case.”
Meanwhile, actor Go Joo Won as well as Shin Ji Soo was also housed under Open World Entertainment, and there were also a large number of girl group trainees. Jang is currently denying the charges made against him.
Source: E-Today, Sports Seoul
Police investigate reports of Open World CEO allegedly forcing male idol group members to sexually harass female trainees
With the actions of Open World Entertainment‘s CEO coming to light today, more details regarding his arrest have been revealed, shedding some light into his background.
As previously reported, the CEO was arrested earlier today for sexually harassing and raping his artists and trainees, with victims totaling to about 30. According to industry representatives, the CEO has been a regular of underground clubs and enjoyed a night out frequently.
One revealed, “When he got drunk, his hands were always the problem. He’d sometimes grope the bodies of female employees.” Another who requested to remain anonymous added, “The entertainment industry is already well aware of his atrocities. He’s one of the worst customers you want when drunk.”
The girl group trainees he allegedly assaulted are no longer with the agency, but when they were, the CEO had managed them himself. All of the trainees were reported to have dormed together.
Another official that knows the inner workings of the company commented, “There used to be rumors that a few of the trainees actually used to be prostitutes, but that was proven to be false… The CEO took care of everything from their debut preparations to training, and even personally drove them around in a van himself.”
Police also revealed that they have received more shocking reports of the CEO allegedly forcing male idol group members to sexually assault his female trainees. The CEO is denying the reports.
Stay tuned for further developments.
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