Director Lee Hyun Joo, who was recently found guilty of sexual assaulting another female director, has revealed her intentions to retire.
On February 8, Lee Hyun Joo released an official statement and said, “I felt my own sense of frustration with the course of the trial. I tried to be understood through my statement revealing my side of the story. I don’t think that what I did now to get rid of my frustration and to be understood will be any type of exoneration. Many people have already gotten hurt from what happened and that wound is only getting bigger.”
She continued, “I apologize. I was busy trying to relay what happened that day and overlooked the pain felt by the victim and the victim’s boyfriend following that day. Regardless of the reason, I acknowledge and am remorseful that my actions inflicted much pain. And to those in the film industry and viewers who loved and supported ‘Our Love Story,’ and to everyone who worked on this film, I apologize for causing great shock and pain.”
Lee Hyun Joo concluded, “Films were my entire life. They were what I lived for until now. However, I will take responsibility for this and I will no longer do any film work. I apologize for making you worry.”
Previously, the court charged Lee Hyun Joo with sexual assault of her colleague and received a sentence of two years in prison, with probation for three years, and 40 hours of mandatory sexual violence education. Following news of the verdict, Lee Hyun Joo released her statement about the issue. The unidentified victim responded to Lee Hyun Joo’s statement and released her own statement.
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