Initial Reporter Of Chatroom Case Talks About Hearing Victims’ Testimonies
On March 14, SBS funE reporter Kang Kyung Yoon was invited to talk on the SBS radio show “Lee Jae Ik’s Politics Show.”
Kang Kyung Yoon is the reporter who released the initial reports on Kakaotalk chatrooms between male celebrities that shared illegal hidden camera footage and discussed the sexual assault and objectification of women.
She has previously spoken out on why she felt the need to report on this case as a female reporter and has also spoken out strongly against speculating about the identities of the female victims in the case.
On the radio show, Kang Kyung Yoon said that she had met with four or five victims and said, “Not only were they clearly victimized, but they were afraid that their personal details would be revealed and couldn’t file a complaint. They were also afraid that the men would become angry with them and circulate the footage, so they had to resort to pleading with them. They begged [Jung Joon Young] to properly delete the footage.”
She continued, “An ordinary person might have felt self-conscious at such a request, but Jung Joon Young just asked his friend, to whom he had already sent the footage, to send it to him again. He would say, ‘Send the video again. [The girl] erased it and left. Get it again.'”
Kang Kyung Yoon also said that to her, it seemed like Jung Joon Young was thinking of these crimes as a game. She said, “The victims were in their early twenties at the time of the incidents. I shed tears when I heard their testimonies.”
On the same day as the interview, Jung Joon Young and Seungri were at the police station. Jung Joon Young is under investigation for secretly taking and sharing hidden camera footage of sexual acts, crimes to which he has admitted in a public letter. Other male celebrities who have admitted to either being in the chatroom or knowing about the illegal footage include Choi Jong Hoon and Yong Junhyung. Recently, it was reported that CNBLUE’s Lee Jong Hyun has also participated in conversations of a similar nature with Jung Joon Young.