Park Si Hoo And The CEO Of His Former Management Company Ask C.E.M.A. To Help Mediate Defamation Suit Filed In Wake Of Rape Allegations
By Jesse Lent | July 12, 2013 05:14 PM EDT
South Korean actor Park Si Hoo and the CEO of his former management company, are asking Corea Entertainment Management Association (CEMA) for help in settling a defamation suit filed against the actor by his previous employer.
Park had originally sued the CEO, referred to in published reports as Mr. Hwang, as part of a countersuit against a woman who accused the actor of rape back in February.
Park countersued both the alleged victim and the CEO, claiming the whole thing was an elaborate scheme orchestrated by Hwang, according to the publication eNEWS.
"We heard that Mr. Hwang proposed a settlement through CEMA recently," said a representative for Park Si Hoo.
"We believe we are blameless. We will follow whatever proceedings CEMA demands of us."
The incident that led to the rape charges happened when Park and the alleged victim, who is an aspiring actress according to the Korea Herald, went back to his place at 2 a.m.
She then passed out. At which point, she claimed, Park raped her.
The case undeniably caused some career trouble for the successful actor, in an entertainment world where what actors do off-screen is arguably more important to fans than their performances on it.
Yet, Park's representative says the actor withdrew the lawsuit against Hwang to move on with his life.
"[Park Si Hoo] had dropped the case against Mr. Hwang to wrap up all the troubles he had [experienced]," the rep said.
According to his representative, Park is eager for the CEMA decision.
"We believe there′s nothing else for us to do but to follow the instructions of CEMA since he requested a settlement, saying he was wronged," the rep said.
"We′ll continue to keep an eye on what happens."
After rising to fame on South Korean television shows like "Iljimae" and "The Princess' Man," Park went on to star in the 2012 film "Confession of Murder."
The actor has vehemently denied the accusation of rape from the beginning.
"In the process of [meeting the woman] we were mutually attracted to each other and shared our feelings, but I assure you I did not have a forced sexual encounter with her," Park said in a public statement issued a few days after the incident.
"I do not feel shamed at all, and the truth will reveal itself in the police investigation."
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