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[Exclusive Interview] Park Si Hoo′s Attorney Says He Believes Actor to be Innocent

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2013.02.27 15:37 Mwave Kim, JiYeon Translation Credit : Erika Kim

Park Si Hoo′s attorney stated in an interview that he strongly believes Park Si Hoo is innocent, and that they do not intend to reach an agreement with the accuser.

[Exclusive Interview] Park Si Hoo′s Attorney Says He Believes Actor to be Innocent

Following Park Si Hoo′s late response to the initial reports and guesswork on the part of the media, many suspicions surfaced about the truth behind the rape case. At this, tvN′s enews dropped by Purme′s office building in Seoul to hear the firm′s official stance.

Attorney Shin Dong Won, who is in charge of Park Si Hoo′s defense, spoke of how he believed Park Si Hoo to be innocent in the interview held on February 26.

He said on suspicions that Park Si Hoo is trying to draw out the proceedings in order to bring the accuser to reach an agreement: "I am completely sure that Mr. Park Si Hoo is not guilty, so I will work hard to prove he should be acquitted. We aren′t thinking of reaching an agreement. We will first work hard to be cleared of all charges. We are not trying to buy time."

He also added, "We have never contacted the accuser. The investigators just need to uncover the truth. We have no need or reason to contact the accuser."

A few reports had stated, contrary to his words, that Park Si Hoo had attempted to reach an agreement on the issue soon after the accuser filed her claims.

The attorney said, "There are articles out there far from the truth, so we will open up on the issues through official press releases soon."

He then talked about why Park Si Hoo wants the case to be taken to the Gangnam Police Agency.

"Every Korean citizen is given the right to request a transferral of his or her case," he said. "We′re not trying to use special powers given to us from his status as a well-known figure, and he doesn′t have any such big powers. If the agency starts to execute the investigation fairly, we will do our best to help it."

He also said, "Some say that [we′re trying to get the case transferred because] we can get an advantage at the Gangnam Police Agency. We merely wish to change agencies because the Seobu Police Agency almost harmed [Park Si Hoo′s] image even before the investigations started. If the case can be transferred, it doesn′t matter which agency it goes to. We are willing to be investigated again even in a different place."

Park Si Hoo was accused of raping an aspiring celebrity at his home after having drinks with her.

Photo credit: Hea Jung Min

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