Jang Ja-yeon’s Suicide Case Reopened, Here Are the Details You Need to Know


Yoon Ji-oh Revealed Jang Ja-yeon’s Documents

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On March 28, 2019, on a broadcast of KBS1’s ‘Tonight Kim Jae-dong,’ Yoon Ji-oh talked more about the late actress Jang Ja-yeon, and the document she prepared before her death. She mentioned that there are two lines from the document that could be the key point of the case. Yoo Ji-oh had also brought up the same point while she was being questioned by the Investigative Team of Past Affairs at the Supreme Prosecutors’ Office as a witness on March 27, 2019. This was Yoon Ji-oh’s first time mentioning the specific parts of the document in 10 years.
During her first appearance on the show on March 19, 2019, Yoon Ji-oh stated that, despite these two lines from Jang Ja-yeon’s document being an important factor in the case, the police didn’t conduct any form of investigation regarding them. Yoon Ji-oh said, “These two lines [from the document] were 100 percent written by the late actress herself. It went through handwriting analysis and was even submitted as a document to the police and prosecution. However, they have never been revealed to the media.” She continued,”The word “threat” is clearly stated in these two lines.
Yoon Ji-oh also discussed the possibility of Jang Ja-yeon being drugged at the time. The actress said, “The late actress’s action [at the time] was not something that resulted from simply being drunk. Instead, it was a situation where she was forced to commit such acts against her own will because she had consumed a drink that had been spiked with drugs.
When Kim Jae-dong asked if the two lines from the document included the fact that Jang Ja-yeon unknowingly consumed something other than alcohol, Yoon Ji-oh answered, “Yes. It is implied.
Yoon Ji-oh is Jang Ja-yeon’s former colleague who witnessed the late actress being sexually assaulted, and saw her preparing documents before her death. Yoon Ji-oh has been fighting for her former colleague for 10 years by giving testimony to police prosecutors. She started to conduct interviews with the press, talking publicly via social media, and urging other witnesses to come forward. Yoo Ji-oh also clarified that the ‘final letter’ left by Jang Ja-yeon wasn’t a suicide note, but a document. Yoon Ji-oh also announced that she took preventive measures against potential wrongful death, and gave a speech in English about her work.

Jang Ja-yeon’s Voice Recording Released Prior to Her Death

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On the April 27, 2019, episode of SBS’s ‘Unanswered Questions,’ which focused on the case of Jang Ja-yeon, an audio recording of the late actress was revealed, from five days before her death.

Unanswered Questions’ first spoke to one of Jang Ja-yeon’s friends, who had known her from long before she first began dreaming of becoming an actress. The friend commented, “Jang Ja-yeon wasn’t a weak person. She wasn’t someone who got pushed around, and she was a good person who was cheerful and witty. She was [originally] someone who fell asleep as soon as her head hit the pillow. ”

She continued by stating that her friend’s dark transformation began after entering the entertainment industry. “When she gets lost in her thoughts, she would just stare blankly, then say that she wants to die,” recalled Jang Ja-yeon’s friend. “She began taking sleeping pills and gradually took more and more. Before that, she had no reason to be taking medication. Around the time she began taking sleeping pills, she started to have more secrets. She often became flustered and disoriented, and it seemed as if someone had gagged her. It felt like I was being pushed around. It seems as if someone had something on her.”

Unanswered Questions‘ used Jang Ja-yeon’s voice recording, which seems to suggest a conflict between the actress and her agency, to support her friend’s claims. In the audio file, Jang Ja-yeon is heard speaking to someone who appears to be an employee of her agency, saying, “I didn’t do anything wrong. I was just doing everything my company was telling me to. I didn’t make any of my own moves. I don’t have anyone or anything at all right now.

When the other person responds that he believes she must resolve the situation in some way, Jang Ja-yeon replies, “How can I resolve this? With what strength? I can no longer solve this with the strength of mind or medication. If they want to kill me, tell them to. Look at what my CEO has started doing to me. Boss Kim is using extreme words and power to fool around with me.

The late actress goes on to describe an individual by saying, “He is someone who is very powerful. He joked around that I met up with an old person, saying all kinds of things. They contacted me first, saying they were going to come and kill me.” Jang Ja-yeon also mentions receiving threats that they wouldn’t leave her alone, saying that she had no power in the situation.

Final Reports of Jang Ja-yeon’s Investigation

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The Investigative Team of Past Affairs began a reinvestigation into several suspicions surrounding her case on April 2, 2018. On May 13, 2019, the team’s final report was submitted to the Ministry of Justice’s Committee of Past Affairs. More than 80 people were questioned as references by the team as part of its reinvestigation. The team also indicted a former Chosun Ilbo reporter on charges of sexually assaulting Jang Ja-yeon. The questioning was conducted on the former CEO of TV Chosun, Bang Jung-oh, and his uncle, Bang Yong-hoon.

The team also interviewed Yoon Ji-oh and Actress Lee Mi Sook. It’s reported that the Investigative Team of Past Affairs has put forth a recommendation for an investigation into Jang Ja-yeon’s agency CEO Kim for suspicions of giving false testimony when he stated in court that he didn’t assault Jang Ja Yeon. The team also reportedly secured evidence that Kim had forced Jang Ja-yeon to entertain. However, Yonhap News stated that it appears it will not be easy for there to be reinvestigation into the suspicions at the core of this case, such as the forcing of Jang Ja-yeon to serve drinks and perform sexual favors, as well as the suspected complicity of powerful figures in sexual crimes.

The team’s final report includes a request for the transfer of investigation records on these core suspicions. However, due to issues such as the passing of the statute of limitations, Yonhap states that it appears it will be difficult for this request to extend to a recommendation for additional investigations. The Ministry of Justice’s Committee of Past Affairs has the final say on whether an additional investigation will take place. Their decision will be announced on May 20, 2019, after they have reviewed the final report.

The Committee of Past Affairs stated, “We have requested some supplementation and revision to the Jang Ja-yeon final report, including a revision to the wording.” The team has been asked by the committee to have further discussions on issues where their opinions differ.

SBS’s ‘8 O’Clock News’ shared that the team’s final report included content such as issues with past investigations, whether or not there was external pressure on the investigation by the Chosun Ilbo newspaper, and whether the so-called “Jang Ja-yeon’s List “exists. In regard to the suspicions of aggravated rape that were put forward by Yoon Ji-oh, SBS reports that members of the Investigative Team of Past Affairs are divided on whether or not they should request that the prosecution consider an investigation. It’s said that even at the May 13 meeting, members of the team had a heated discussion over the credibility of Yoon Ji-oh’s testimony and the truth about the existence of “Jang Ja-yeon’s List.”