K-pop's JYJ member Park Yu Chun summoned over alleged sexual assault, apologises to public

Park Yu-chun, a member of South Korean boyband JYJ, testifies at a police station in Seoul, following sexual assault allegations.
Park Yu Chun, a member of K-pop boy band JYJ, has been accused of sexual assault.
Park Yu Chun, a member of K-pop boy band JYJ, has been accused of sexual assault.PHOTO: PARK YU CHUN/WEIBO

SEOUL - South Korean police on Thursday (June 30) questioned Park Yu Chun, a member of K-pop boy band JYJ, over his sexual assault allegations which have been rocking the local entertainment scene, Yonhap News Agency reported.

The 30-year-old singer-actor appeared at the Gangnam Police Station in southern Seoul about three weeks after he was first sued over allegedly raping a woman working at a local bar.

"First of all, I am very sorry for causing many people concern," he told reporters before entering the office, adding he would fully cooperate with the investigation.

He declined to answer any other questions over the allegations, Yonhap reported.

The woman is identified in reports as a Ms Lee who works in a nightspot.

In the police report filed by her boyfriend, she claimed that the assault happened in a bathroom of a room where she and Park had been drinking together, reported Yonhap.

She handed over her underwear as evidence.

She said she and Park did not know each other previously.

CCTV footage from the bar's hallway did not reveal anything significant, said police, adding that they will summon the two for questioning.

Park's agency C-Jes Entertainment denied the allegations earlier. In a statement, it called the accusation "malicious threats" aimed at damaging a celebrity's reputation.

It said it would work with the police to uncover the truth.

Park emigrated to the United States as a child but returned to South Korea after he was talent-scouted. He joined K-pop boy band TVXQ in 2003. Following a contract dispute, he and two other TVXQ members, Kim Jun Su and Kim Jae Joon, formed JYJ.