On June 22, an internet community user claimed that she was sexually assaulted by NUESTs Kang Dong Ho when they were in middle school.
She wrote, Eight years ago, in the winter of 2009, I was in my first year of middle school and he was in his second year. We were returning home from a private educational institute, and I was sexually assaulted by Kang Dong Ho on the bus.
She gave a detailed account of what happened, saying, At first, he sat next to me, saying Its cold, and grabbed my hand. I was suspicious, but he was a close acquaintance, so I smiled and said, Im cold too! Then the bus took off and he put his bag on my lap. I thought he was telling me to hold it for him, but he touched my thigh. I was extremely taken aback and confused, but my younger self couldnt say anything because I was scared that the other students in the bus would think Im strange. I was wearing my school uniform, and he touched my breasts over my uniform, and then he touched the inner part of my thigh. I was unable to say anything out of fear, and all I could do was press my legs together. Then Kang Dong Ho put his own leg on mine to force my legs apart. He started touching my thigh again and touched my genitals over the stockings I was wearing. He moved his hand up to my waist and put it inside my stockings to touch my genitals over my underwear, and then he put his hand inside my underwear and touched my genitals. When it was my turn to get off the bus, he waved his hand at me, smiling, and said Bye. I can still remember that moment clearly.
She then explained that her family and Kang Dong Hos family had been close ever since she was born. She asked her mother to contact Kang Dong Hos mother to receive his phone number, and she sent him a text on June 19 at 10:23 p.m. KST.
Below is a translation of their text message exchange:
A (Accuser): Hey this is [censored name]. Can we talk?
B (Allegedly Kang Dong Ho): Okay. Haha. Whats up.
A: Remember what happened eight ears ago? When you sexually assaulted me?
A: Im asking if you remember when you sexually assaulted me.
B: [Sends phone call/Cancels]
A: I cant talk on the phone right now. Just text me. You remember, right? Eight years ago inside the bus for our private educational institute.
B: What? Call me later when you can.
A: No, I have no intention to talk to you on the phone. Stop avoiding the topic and answer me. I want to clear this up nicely, so Im giving you a chance to do so. Why dont you admit it? If you keep doing that, it just angers me more. Im not trying to ruin your life, so answer me properly. You remember what happened eight years ago, right? I had a really hard time after that. I was young at the time, so I was scared, your family and my family know each other, and youre my brothers friend so I persevered and pretended to be alright even though it was dreadful for me. Do you know how painful it was when you visited my house and said hello? You cant be thinking that I was fine, right? So when you left for Seoul to become a trainee and got out of my sight, it got much better. I wasnt completely fine, though. About a year later, I heard you debuted as NUEST, and the thought that came to mind was, how do I endure that memory if I keep seeing you on TV? But you werent popular in Korea and mostly promoted overseas so it was okay. You know how I felt when you suddenly appeared on Produce? I still remember that feeling when you touched me eight years ago. Just hearing your name makes me remember. Its really painful, you understand? But I still stayed quiet. I couldnt act hastily, knowing that Id be ruining someones life. Im telling you now that the shows over, but I dont want you to appear on TV again. Its extremely painful for me, seeing your face, hearing your voice, and seeing your name.
A: (Unread by B) Why arent you replying? Is it that hard to apologize? It might have been nothing for you during these eight years, but thats not how it is for me. Why are you so shameless?
When Kang Dong Ho did not read her last text messages, she decided to call him. She uploaded a video of her attempting to talk to him on the phone. The person on the other side of the call repeated, Im busy, Ill call you later, and Im not avoiding you, for three minutes and hung up.
This internet community users statements have not been proven to be true yet, but many fans are recognizing the voice in the phone call as Kang Dong Hos.
Currently, Plediss response is as follows. We are taking legal action against false rumors and malicious slander, comments, posts, and the dissemination of the aforementioned. In addition to this, we will take strong action against all other unlawful acts. They will be releasing a more thorough statement soon.