He Calls Himself ‘North Korea’s Poet Laureate.’ Two Women Call Him a Rapist.
SEOUL, South Korea – He has lectured at European universities and appeared on the cover of a British magazine. His book was translated into a dozen languages. He was once a guest on CNN.
Jung Jin-sung is one of North Korea’s most internationally recognized convicts. His 2014 memoir, “Dear leader, “Enchanted readers with everything he said, which was the first description of a private party organized by North-East Korean leader Kim Jong-il, and was one of the few” poet awards “chosen to promote Claimed to be one. About the Kim family.
But two women say that their heroic story of escaping from authoritarian country remained a mystery. Both have accused Mr. Jung of raping her in South Korea, and they said they used his celebrity status to hunt him down.
A woman, a North Korean defender, has filed a lawsuit accusing both Mr Jung and one of his accomplices of rape and other sexual offenses. The second woman came forward with allegations this week in an interview with The New York Times and other media outlets in South Korea. She has not filed a formal complaint against Mr. Jung with the police, and said her main intention was to show solidarity with another woman.
Mr Jung, 49, denied the allegations and said he had never raped a North Korean defender and that his relationship with another woman was conservative. Aide has also denied the allegations and implicated the North Korean woman for defamation. Mr. Zhang has threatened to rearrange him, and has already sued the television company that reported the charges against him.
That case is now going through court. The two lawsuits, filed by a North Korean woman, are being investigated by police, who will then decide whether to prosecute. Officers are also being seen in the counters by Mr. Jung’s associate.
A series of South Korean men have been convicted of sexual harassment in recent years as a country #MeToo Movement Started taking root. This has helped to highlight what experts see as the prevalence of sexual abuse across the country. The threats can be heard especially among women from North Korea who, as protectors due to their circumstances, may find themselves with little intercourse.
In 2016, Mr. Jung ran a website called New Focus International in South Korea, which specialized in North Korean news. That year, he proposed an interview with Sung Seol-hyang, a little-known defender from North Korea, who ran an online shop for children’s clothes while attending a college in Seoul.
Ms Sung said she felt both surprised and grateful for the attention. But she said she was never Featured on Mr. Jung’s website.
Instead, Ms. Sung claimed in a lawsuit that when she first met Mr. Zhang in 2016, he found her drunk and asked her South Korean colleague to take her home. Ms Sung alleged that the man took her to her apartment and raped her.
In a separate lawsuit, Ms. Sung said that Mr. Jung raped her a month later in a Seoul hotel room. According to legal filings, when she tried to protest, she used a photo of her naked on the bed, taken by Mr. Jung’s aide without her knowledge, and threatened to upload the image to her school’s website was.
Ms Sung said in legal filings that Mr Jung continued to use the photo as blackmail and raped her three times over the course of a few months. He offered her two South Korean men, whose friendship or financial support he had cultivated according to his suit.
Ms. Sung, 32, said in an interview, “I felt ashamed of what happened to me and I felt that no one would support me.” “To me he was such a powerful person that I felt I would have no chance to fight him.”
He had years of contact with Mr. Jung, but decided to come forward in a television appearance on South Korean TV station MBC last month. Thereafter, she filed a lawsuit against both Mr. Jung and his accomplice, helping the police open a formal investigation.
MBC was earlier Broadcasting Charges against Mr. Jung. He has since posted the statements Facebook And Youtube Methodically denying the claims and “any female North Korean convicts have challenged me to report to the police if I sexually harass them.”
A South Korean woman, Kang Herayun, 32, spoke this week and said she was raped by Mr Jung when she worked as an editor for his website in 2014.
In an interview, Ms. Kang said, “I have tried to suppress my painful memories for six years, but I have decided to come out and provide solidarity to Sung Seul-hyang as we should avoid rape.” He said that the government has taken several steps to prevent such incidents.
Ms Kang said the alleged rape took place on 18 November 2014 in the apartment of one of Mr Kang’s friends, two years before the #MeToo movement began in South Korea. He said that he talked to two friends about what happened soon. The two friends confirmed in interviews with The Times what he did.
“He said he had come over her and he said ‘no’, but he moved on,” said Hanna Yun, one of the friends. “I said that’s rape.” Another friend, Kim Hyon-kyeong, said that Ms. Kang told him that Mr. Jung had sexually assaulted her, and that she quit her job.
Ms. Kang said it took years for her to realize that she was a victim, and that she never went to the police because she initially felt powerless in the face of Mr. Jung’s fame and later lived in self-loathing Were.
Mr. Zhang denied raping Ms. Kang and said in an interview that her relationship with him was conservative.
Although she does not plan to file a lawsuit due to the possibility of a protracted legal battle against Mr. Jung, Ms. Kang said she was prepared for questioning by police as part of her investigation. His motive for coming forward in an interview, he said, was to support Ms. Sung.
Although South Korean women have pushed for sexual predators to be noticed in recent years, female North Korean defenders are few.
According to government figures, about 72 percent of North Korea’s 33,700 have fled south. Several fall prey During their dangerous journey. Human rights experts said that even after coming to the south, they remain vulnerable to sexual violence, especially from fellow defectors.
The convicts are usually socialized within their own tightly knit community, where victims of sexual violence feel pressured to remain silent, said Jeon Su-mi, an advocate for female convicts, who is involved in sexual offenses. Are a victim of He said that the government has taken several steps to prevent such incidents.
Celebrity male guards – former high-ranking officials, survivors of North Korean prison camps, writers and activists, among them – exert considerable influence in this community, Ms. Jean said. Some use their position to sexually abuse female convicts, especially those who have just arrived.
“I notice that these men have caught young female convicts while working and eating in the evening and later asked them to take them to the motel for a ‘second round’.” He said that the government has taken several steps to prevent such incidents.
Ms. Sung said that her mother died when she was five years old and that she sold caps on the market until she and her grandmother fled to North Korea in 2006. His dream of creating a new life in the South, he said, is to meet Mr. Jung after a nightmare. He said that he burned himself out of cigarettes in despair.
But Ms. Sung also said that a businessman introduced to him by Mr. Zhang had become one of his biggest supporters, the two had fallen in love and encouraged his decision to come forward.
Mr. Jung has accused Ms. Sung of manipulating wrong statements, describing himself as a “matchmaker” and that the charge against him was “a scam.”
Referring to Ms. Sung, she said, “It was she who asked me to introduce a rich South Korean man.” “I am not a sex offender.”
Mr. Jeng is known in South Korea for his heart-wrenching poem, “I Sell My Daughter for 100 Won”, a mother from North Korea tried to find a new family for her daughter before dying of cancer.
Despite being one of the most famous North Korean defectors, Mr. Jung has faced relatively little public scrutiny over his biography. For example, in the English version of “Dear Leader,” Mr. Jung describes himself as a North Korean “poet laureate”, but fellow defectors have privately doubted for years that he ever Such title was kept.
This week, Mr. Jung admitted that he was never a North Korean poet, but that his poems were praised by Kim Jong-il. “I never said with my mouth that I was a North Korean poet laureate,” he said, protesting his own memoir.