NU’EST’s Baekho accused of sexual assault by online user, victim uploads recording of a call with him
Baekho, also known as Kang Dong Ho of ‘Produce 101’ season 2, has been accused of sexual assault.
One user on an online community site accused the NU’EST member of having sexually assaulted her 8 years ago, when she was in her first year of junior high and Baekho was in his second year. They attended the same cram school, and had been on their way back home in the cram school bus. She revealed the drive back was about 30 minutes.
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[WARNING: The following description may be triggering.]
The user gave a detailed description of the incident, on the basis that other users may question her if she did not provide further details. At first, she accused Baekho of sitting next to her and holding her hand, saying, “Ah, it’s cold.” She stated that she’d thought it was weird, but they were close, so she brushed it off and responded, “I’m cold, too!” She then accused him of putting his bag on her thighs, then touching her thighs, her chest over her school uniform, between the legs, etc. When it was time for her to get off the cram school bus, he supposedly smiled at her while she got off, waving goodbye.
Posts by the victim/accuser friends were uploaded on Facebook as well as their school communities. They revealed they could upload proof such as their junior high graduation album.
The victim further revealed that because NU’EST had not been popular in Korea and active mostly in Japan, she hadn’t seen Baekho’s face everywhere and didn’t have to deal with the trauma. However, as his popularity grew, she kept seeing him and had to be reminded of her trauma, which was why she decided to speak up. The victim also revealed she’d tried emailing Pledis Entertainment, asking for some sort of statement as well as Baekho possibly stepping down from ‘Produce 101’ if the accusations were true, but she received no answer.
She then tried to contact him herself over the past few days, but he mostly ignored her messages.
The victim also called Baekho when he did not respond to her messages recording the call. The recording can be found in the user’s original post but cannot be taken out of the community.
During the call, Baekho said he’d call in five minutes but did not, which prompted her to text him again.
It seems Baekho has since decided not to contact her. According to the user, she and a friend decided to report the incident to the police, and upon a phone conversation with a police officer, they were recommended a visit to a rehabilitation center within a nearby hospital. The victim and her friend claimed that they would be continuing their visits to a specialist at the rehabilitation center, as well as that they have scheduled a meeting with a lawyer. They will allegedly update the results of their appointment and discussion with the lawyer next week.
Pledis Entertainment has since commented, “We are currently assessing the situation and will organize an official statement.”
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