The CEO of Open World Entertainment, Jang Sek Woo, was arrested for alleged charages of sexual harrassment, assault, and rape on the 10th April 2012. Now on April 15th, Kangnam police confirmed, that Open World Entertainment‘s CEO had indeed ordered male idol group members to participate in the sexual harassment of six of his trainees. Police revealed that the CEO could face several charges of gang rape, and that investigations also revealed that he had indeed ordered his male idol groups to participate in the abuse.
Investigators interviewed over 20 victims and reported that over 30 victims were involved. The sexual assaults allegedly occurred on the company’s fifth floor and the choreography rehearsal studio in the basement. On 12 April 2012, the Kangnam Police Station announced that Jang’s warrant cited 6 female victims, 2 of them underage minors. Korean police have since release more reports which allege that the CEO forced male idol group members to sexually assault female trainees and that he sexually assaulted trainees from a girl group that he personally managed himself.
Officials of the police stated,
“Since the end of 2010, the CEO sexually harrassed six trainees over 10 times. In the process, he had also ordered male idol groups members under his own agency to harrass them as well.”
The police have currently launched additional investigations into the case and are discussing the charges to be made against the male idol group members. Open World Entertainment are known for their artists The Boss, X-5, and Jun Jin.
Police continued, “We believe that the CEO had not used violence or threats to force the male idols into committing such acts, but rather his status and power. We will have to continue our investigations on whether there was such compliance at the actual scene.”
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