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Police to send SHINee Onew's Sexual Harassment Case to Prosecution

2017/08/14 | 813 views | Permalink | Source

The sexual harassment case involving SHINee's Onew is to be sent to prosecution for indictment without detention.

According to police, Onew (Lee Jin-ki, age 28) is suspected of touching the body of a 20-year-old woman three times while intoxicated in a club in Gangnam at 7:10 a.m. KST. At the time, the woman was dancing on a platform 30 centimeters/11.8 inches high while Onew sat beside the platform.

Members of the woman's party reported the incident to the police who then investigated Onew for five hours. Onew denied the allegations and stated that he does not remember what occurred because he was intoxicated.

The CCTV on scene did not record the incident because it occurred in the camera's blind spot. However, police determined that the statements of the woman and witnesses corresponded with the footage of the surrounding area.

SM Entertainment's representative said that Onew visited the club to see a DJ friend. He danced while intoxicated and unintentionally made physical contact.

SM said that the woman knew that the incident is something that could happen while intoxicated and did not want any punishment for Onew.

A police official stated that the woman has suffered more due to media coverage. At SM's request, the woman agreed to drop the charges, but she maintains that she was still sexually assaulted.

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