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Park Yoo-chun cleared of sex assault charges

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Singer-actor Park Yoo-chun from male K-pop act JYJ has been cleared of sexual assault charges, filed by four women last month, according to the Gangnam Police Precinct on Monday.

“We have decided to acquit the celebrity since it is difficult to prove that [Park] used threats or violence to engage in sexual activities.”

In order for a person to be charged with sexual assault, there needs to be circumstantial evidence that proves the assailant committed the crime against the victim’s will by using violence or threat. However, the police decided there is no clear evidence that support Park used such force.

The investigation over Park’s case will conclude by early next week at the latest, and the police will submit the case to the prosecutor soon after.
The first woman that accused Park of rape, who was also questioned over allegations she received settlement money of up to 100 million won ($89,000), has been convicted of blackmailing, reported local media Star News. Two other men, who were involved in accusing Park, have also been convicted of the same charge.

In addition, two other women that filed charges against Park are also likely to be convicted of blackmailing. Four women accused the TV personality of rape last month, and the police summoned him six times to carry out the investigation in the last few weeks.
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