Get to Know Korean YouTuber Yang Ye-won
Yang Ye-won is a Korean YouTuber who went viral when she uploaded a video of her past sexual harassment in 2018, where she confessed she was a victim of a sex crime. With the #MeToo movement growing, several Korean female celebrities also supported her to get justice, including famous actress Bae Suzy.
But, there’s a plot twist, in this case, so you better read the full story before making up our mind about which side you are going to stand by.
In this article, Channel-Korea will be providing you with all the information you need to know about YouTuber Yang Ye-won’s sexual abuse controversies. So, stay tuned and keep scrolling down.
Yang Ye-won Reveals She Had Been Sexually Abused
Popular YouTuber Yang Ye-won shocked the Korean public with her YouTube videos in May 2018. Through the account named Beagle Couple, Yang Ye-won made a confession that she had been sexually abused in the past.
The video Yang Ye-won uploaded on YouTube was watched by more than 2 million viewers in less than 24 hours. Yang Ye-won also started the video by explaining how her photos without clothing spread on the internet and how the photos came into existence in the first place.
Yang Ye-won said, “Three years ago when I was in my early 20s, I was a student who dreamed of becoming an actress. One day through a website, I found a part-time job that could give me the chance to be a fitting model.”
After conducting the interview, Yang Ye-won signed a contract for 5 photoshoots. She was told by the model director right there that there would be several different concepts, including a sexy concept. The director also said that he would introduce Yang Ye-won with many directors and PDs. The director also said that he would take Yang Ye-won’s profile picture for free, which is actually very expensive. And if Yang Ye-won does well, she will be introduced to many directors and PDs who are his acquaintances.
When Yang Ye-won arrived at the studio, she found out that she would be photographed naked, with the staff all of whom were men and all were holding cameras. The studio door was even locked.
Yang Ye-won said, “The director told me to change my clothes and appear in underwear, but that was not ordinary underwear. That was what you usually see in porn movies. The underwear was transparent and my genitals could be seen through it clearly. I told the director that I didn’t want to do this, but he threatened me by saying, ‘Everyone there (holding a camera) has paid to see you and if you don’t do it, they will sue you. I will also tell all the PDs and directors that I know to not claim you as an actress’.”
At that time, Yang Ye-won was young and didn’t know what to do so she was forced to do the photoshoot. The men who were there even touched her chest and vagina, and also even posed with her in Yang Ye-won’s sexy underwear.
“If I don’t do what they say, I could be raped. I could also be killed. My mind at that time just hoped to get out of there alive,” explained Yang Ye-won.
She also said that she experienced sexual violence five times, and it happened when she was scheduled to have a photoshoot. “The scariest thing is when the photos they take will be spread online. People I know or my family will finally see the photos.”
Yang Ye-won couldn’t tell this to anyone and lived with the fear that the photos will spread. On May 8th, 2018, the nightmare finally happened. She received a message about sexual harassment and her boyfriend eventually found out.
“I really want to die, I’m so scared. What might Dong-min (her boyfriend) think if he saw the photos? What would happen if my mom or dad knew, how their hearts would hurt so much? How shocked was my younger brother, who was still a teenager? I can’t see him anymore,” cried Yang Ye-won.
Yang Ye-won had broken up with her boyfriend and she wrote a suicide message to her parents, “I tried 3 times to commit suicide, but failed. I became very depressed. Even dying is difficult.”
Through the encouragement and support of her boyfriend and family, Yang Ye-won gathered up the courage to speak out about this situation.
“Even if you can’t catch the person who did this to me, I can help prevent others from experiencing the same thing as me. There aren’t just any pictures of me out there, but there are many other girls who have experienced it and appeared on online sites,” Yang Ye-won said.
The Revelation of Yang Ye-won’s Sexual Harassment Case
About a week after the news about Yang Ye-won’s sexual harassment by 20 men broke out, several artists showed their support for Yang Ye-won, with Bae Suzy being the biggest influencer. This was then accompanied by a separate photo studio announcing their intention to seek legal action against plaintiffs in the government lawsuit that unfairly implicated the studio in the controversial case. Suzy then apologized publicly, as the studio refused to accept an idol meeting and/or personal apologies.
Money Today’s exclusive new information has come to light which has changed the opinions of thousands on the topic. Upon researching, a communication that took place three years ago via KakaoTalk (instant messaging application) emerged.
The Kakaotalk chat showed communication details shared between Yang Ye-won and an individual (the person accused at the time and responsible for the studio) on July 7th, 2015, which lasted until September 30th, with Yang Ye-won always making the first contact.
Money Today carefully looked into the conversation and found that the ‘sexual harassment’ and ‘detention’ aspects allegedly occurring throughout the filming process, the core issue of Yang Ye Won’s case, were not grasped.
Nonetheless, what was seen in the discussion was Yang Ye-won telling the person to plan on a calendar, to book further studio sessions. Reading this, netizens and different media platforms couldn’t help but find the whole situation very strange as in Yang Ye-won’s original video, she claimed that after her first filming, she told the suspected individual that she would no longer film but would be forced to do a total of five after the director threatened her with legal action against her.
A total of 13 filming sessions were based on the KakaoTalk exchange, with the first taking place on July 8th, 2015, and the last on September 18th, 2015. Yang Ye-won can be seen asking the studio to book session after session throughout the conversation, continuously. On August 27th, she asked, “How about Saturday night? I need to submit my classes fee by Sunday so I need to do it one more time before then TT. If there’s a conflict in schedule, can we do it next week with me receiving the payment in advance… I wanted to ask TT. If that doesn’t work, can you schedule me in difficult TT? Obviously, I can’t do much otherwise TT.”
Since the new revelation, the person spoke to Money Today on the phone and said, “The dates were fixed most of the time as she called me because she needed money. I gave her 100,000-150,000 KRW ($93-$140) per hour. We filmed up to 13 times. I didn’t plan or care about shooting so many days in the beginning.” He added, “The shooting took place with her consent and I even asked her if she would be able to follow through with the idea ahead of time during the interview.”
Money Today tried to contact Yang Ye-won to get both sides of the story but she came up short.
SBS News announced on May 26th, 2018, that they had a phone interview with Yang Ye-won following the recent news. The YouTuber said, as quoted by Allkpop, “Do you think I would be crazy to give them permission, to touch my body? I never told them to lay a hand on my body. I also never agreed to wear such attire. They said, ‘I have your photos, think wisely.’ It sounded like nothing but blackmail and so I had a big thought that I should not test their temper.”
When asked why she first approached the studio to book multiple sessions, Yang Ye-won answered, “At the time, it was very difficult financially. I gave up on myself because I had already been filmed/photographed shamefully. My life was ruined already, it was over, I gave up.” Finally, she finished by responding to the recent public opinions, “It’s hard to endure all the talk that’s been going around even though they don’t know [the whole story]. Everything will be revealed in court.”
Netizens chimed in after they came across the news to condemn Yang Ye-won but also celebrities who expressed their support. Comments read:
“The injured studio owner should sue for damages and Yang Ye Won better settle this lawfully,”
“Poor poor studio owner who couldn’t run his company because he was threatened by feminists… and Suzy who was in such a panic because of the notion of ‘justice’ poor produced a poor victim who didn’t do anything wrong…”
“What is this? This is completely different from what we’ve been hearing.”
Seeing Yang Ye-won’s responses, netizens commented:
“Your story doesn’t add up… you said that you were just hoping to get out alive, not to be detained, and barely got out while bawling your eyes out but you returned because of a little bit of money? Does that make sense? Friend, you have to be smart/intelligent even when you try to make up lies.”
“She’s seriously a scary woman…”
“Everything will be revealed in court. The decision is made by netizens but rather the judge does that. So stop talking nonsense.”
“Why don’t you just say it’s not your KakaoTalk? -.-”