Days after the Western Seoul Police Dept. decided to prosecute actor Park Si Hoo for the alleged rape of trainee “A“, officials from the Baeksang Arts Awards removed his name from the list on the popularity poll.
Before his name was removed from the list, Park was leading the poll with 47% of the vote for his work in the film, “I’m a Killer“.
The officials from the awards stated that, “In consideration of the movie fans, who said that the nominee list should not include people under social criticism.”
Representatives of Park Si Hoo also said that it would be best if the actor refrained from participating in any such activities until the court case is finished.
As the opinions on Park’s high profile case divide, so do the comments on his removal from the list of nominees.
One netizen commented, “This is a shame, whatever happened to ‘innocent until proven guilty?” another netizen commented that it was unfair that he should suffer in such a manner, especially since the case has amounted to him being blackmailed by the plaintiff.
Others say that the removal of his name is understandable, especially under circumstances such as these. Whether or not he is guilty, he should never have acted in such a manner to have made it so easy as to become involved in such a scandal in the first place.
The actor is accused of raping “A” on the night of February 14th. That night they had been drinking and went back to Park’s apartment, where “A” said the rape took place. When tested for date rape drugs, her tests came back negative.
Some fans had complained that they had already paid to vote, so their votes should count. The officials from the awards responded on the site by saying that, “Due to the change in the nominees list, we are planning to refund the fans that voted for Park Shi Hoo.”
Article by: KareBare
Edited by: Jenny
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