In a shocking revelation, ALi revealed her past as a rape victim. The female singer held a press conference today to address the recent controversy surrounding her latest single, “Nayoungee.” She’s been under fire for writing a song based on a real-life rape victim “Nayoung” that was later dubbed as “The Nayoung Case,” and for naming the song after the actual victim.
“I was raped in June of 2008 by a younger colleague from an organization I was a part of. It was devastating and extremely painful. I got hit so hard in the face that I broke my cheekbones and had to be hospitalized for four weeks. Everything happened while I was unconscious in the cab,” ALi said with tears in her eyes.
“That person got arrested and was sentenced to two years in prison, four years on probation, and 200 hours of community work. But he wasn’t charged of injuring a person because of lack of evidence. The civil suit is still going on,” she added.
Since the release of “Nayoungee” earlier this week, ALi has faced mounting criticism for the song’s lyrics and title. “Nayoungee” is the name of the eight-year old girl that got raped by a man named Cho Doo Soon in the bathroom of a church in 2008. She said she wrote the song to give hope and comfort to the victim, and to raise awareness for preventive measures. But netizens and several celebrities criticized her for raising the issue again when the victim’s still suffering from pain. ALi and her agency later announced they would delete the song from her album.
For those who are curious, here are the lyrics to the entire song:
The sound of the light and wind, falling from the sky
It rides the leaves and it rides the snowstorm
The deep sounds of the ocean from the ends of the earth
It shines on the sun, it shines on the sky
It’s hard even to be alive and to breath
So she waits for the sun to set
She doesn’t try to run away anymore
She stands there and waits for the moon to rise
The gray light that seeps out of a young girl’s wet eyes
You threw away your youth, selling your body, selling your soul
Your pitiful life has been taken away from you
In this dizzy world, when you hope for a warm and brilliant love
Can you feel – can you feel it?
In the soiled heart, when you want a true and pure love
Can you do that – can you do that?
Looking here and there but you still can’t believe in this world
Even if the world flows by so quickly, even if time leaves us
Trust your mind, trust your mind
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