Defamation charges against ex-April member Lee Hyun-joo dropped
Defamation charges against former member of girl group April Lee Hyun-joo have been dropped, her legal representative Yeobaek announced Wednesday.
“The police decided to drop all the defamation complaints filed against Lee, her family and friends by April’s former agency DSP Media and other members of April,” said Yeobaek in a statement. The law firm said that the police decided to drop the case as it is “difficult to see that their claims [that Lee had been bullied] are false, or aimed to slander or to spread false information.”
Early last year, Lee found herself at the center of a scandal when she and her younger brother claimed that other members of April bullied Lee to the point of her attempting suicide. Lee’s close friends joined in supporting her and criticizing April members online. The accused members have vehemently denied the allegations.
“We will continue to take legal action against those who create false information regarding Lee,” Yeobaek added.
Meanwhile, Kim Chae-won, one of the accused members of April said she made an appeal to the police and said on her YouTube that “I’ve realized how difficult it is to prove when something is false."
“Even if the result is not favorable for me, I only spoke the truth and there were no lies, therefore, I will live my life with pride,” she said.
After an almost year-long hiatus following the scandal, DSP Media eventually announced April’s disbandment on Jan. 28. The group had six members: Chaekyung, Chaewon, Naeun, Yena, Rachel and Jinsol. April debuted in 2015 with the song “Dream Candy,” the lead track on its EP “Dreaming.”
BY YIM SEUNG-HYE [email@example.com]