K-pop scandal

Reporter who broke news donates to comfort women

SEOUL • The K-pop scandal revelations have made for depressing reading, but one development has brightened up the day for many fans.

Reporter Kang Kyung-yoon, who broke the story on singer Jung Joon-young's alleged sharing of illicit sex videos, has donated the bonus from her company to an organisation that helps comfort women. Such women were forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese army in occupied territories before and during World War II.

Ms Kang revealed that an artist in Jung's group chat had described one of his sexual conquests as a comfort woman. Speaking on a television news show, she said: "I was so shocked I could not sleep for three days. I was full of anger. Not only is this a skewed perception towards sex, but it is also an absurd take on a historical viewpoint.

"So recently, when I received special prize money from my company for covering these exclusive stories, I donated it to the House Of Sharing organisation."

Jung has been arrested, while some artists in the group chat, including former BigBang singer Seungri, have been booked for offences from procuring prostitutes to offering bribes to cover up drink-driving.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 15, 2019, with the headline 'Reporter who broke news donates to comfort women '. Print Edition | Subscribe