Yoon Ji Oh Responds To Article Questioning Her Testimony In Jang Ja Yeon’s Case
Yoon Ji Oh has personally responded to statements made in an article about her which has now been deleted.
On April 8, the outlet Newsis published an article that used quotes from former managers of Jang Ja Yeon and Yoon Ji Oh. It portrayed Yoon Ji Oh as speaking to the media as a witness in Jang Ja Yeon’s case in order to gain fame.
The article included quotes from “Kwon,” who is described as having worked in management for Jang Ja Yeon and Yoon Ji Oh at The Contents Entertainment in 2008. He is quoted as saying, “For a long time, Ji Oh has been someone who wanted to become famous. Three years ago, she contacted me to say, ‘I want to start working in the entertainment world in Korea again, can you help me?'” He went on to claim that Yoon Ji Oh and Jang Ja Yeon hadn’t been close, and he stated that Yoon Ji Oh had never uploaded a photo with Jang Ja Yeon onto her CyWorld account, a popular social media platform at the time.
Kwon also described his doubts about Yoon Ji Oh’s testimony as a witness to Jang Ja Yeon’s sexual assault. He questioned her claims of remembering everything that happened 10 years ago, and he said that while she speaks like she saw all of Jang Ja Yeon’s list, he doesn’t find this believable.
Yoon Ji Oh previously stated that Kwon had taken Jang Ja Yeon and herself to a karaoke establishment on January 9, 2008. Kwon responded to this in the article by saying that he had actually joined The Contents Entertainment that February, and he stated that he had never gone to a drinking party with them or taken them there.
Yoon Ji Oh shared a screenshot of his quotes on Instagram and wrote that he had begun his career as an FD [floor director] at a network and is still managing actors at an agency currently. She also stated that when she was first interviewed by JTBC, he had messaged her to say that it seemed like the media was taking advantage of her and tried to persuade her to stop.
She went on to say, “On the day of the birthday party of CEO Go **, Mr. Kwon took myself and [Jang Ja Yeon] to the party and karaoke.” She went on to clarify that she hadn’t been able to post the photos she’d taken with Jang Ja Yeon, and she said that the photos of herself with Jang Ja Yeon on her minihompy (personal page on CyWorld) are currently set on private.
The article also quoted “Baek,” who was described as Jang Ja Yeon’s manager at The Contents Entertainment from 2007 to February 2009. He said, “When I see Yoon Ji Oh now, the first thing I think of is, ‘Is she doing this because she wants attention?’ Ji Oh and Ja Yeon weren’t that close. I never saw them contacting each other on their own or heard about them meeting up on their own.”
Baek went on to say, “There were absolutely no times when she was forced to entertain anyone. Instead, Ji Oh would get disappointed if she wasn’t invited to a drinking party. She would brag about her friendships with famous people and say ‘Yesterday I did such and such with so and so.’ I don’t understand what she’s doing right now.”
Yoon Ji Oh responded by clarifying that Baek had occasionally been a road manager for Jang Ja Yeon and herself. She wrote, “The police and prosecution have the records of calls and messages between myself and [Jang Ja Yeon]. On the contrary, I have never told a story to this person that I am not close with, and I do not have that kind of personality.”
The article went on to claim that although the statements being made to the media are being accepted as truth, there is no evidence to back them up. It also claimed that she’s become a “social media star” with 760,000 followers. Yoon Ji Oh underlined this line with a question mark. She currently has 75,383 followers on Instagram.
Yoon Ji Oh wrote, “The only women were [Jang Ja Yeon] and myself, and she passed away. The perpetrators and their associates agreed on a story and said things that were different to each other, and in a lie detector test it was also determined to be lies.”
She also directed a comment to the reporter, saying that she will hold them responsible if they do not correct the article.
Yoon Ji Oh was invited to a meeting at the National Assembly on April 8. As she spoke in front of the many members of the press there that day, Yoon Ji Oh asked if the reporter from Newsis was present. “I request that you correct your report,” she stated. “If you do not, I will take the legal action that I am able to.”
The Newsis article was reportedly edited to include more information but not corrected, and then later deleted after Yoon Ji Oh’s comments to the media.