Court Orders Suzy To Pay For Damages Caused To ONCE Pictures
The South Korean Central District Court recently ruled that Suzy was responsible for the damages caused to ONCE Pictures, after publicly taking part in a petition against the photography agency a while back when Yang YeWon’s alleged sexual harassment incident broke out. According to reports from SBS, the KakaoTalk messages that Yang and the photographers exchanged seemed to indicate that Yang consented in explicit photo shoots, contrary to her statement that she was forced to partake in them.
So where did the problem begin with Suzy? Before the KakaoTalk messages were released to the public, many netizens were furious over the allegations that Yang had been harassed by several photographers in a locked room, while also being threatened with the leak of her explicit photos if she didn’t comply with the photographers’ demands of her continuing to show up for photo shoots. This caused netizens to file a petition to the government, demanding that justice be brought to the photography studio. The problem was that the people involved in the incident were long gone and the owners and staff of the photography studio were people who had nothing to do with the incident. Suzy publicly showed support of the petition, causing a significant rise in people supporting it.
When it was evident that ONCE Pictures had nothing to do with the alleged harassment and threats Yang received, many people criticized Suzy for using her influence as a popular celebrity to incriminate innocent people. Netizens also believed that Suzy was short-sighted, wasn’t aware of the facts, and irresponsibly handled the whole incident.
According to South Korean news reports, Suzy has been ordered to pay approximately $17,000.
Below are some of the comments left by netizens regarding the recent court ruling.
“Didn’t that studio end up being destroyed and the owner die? The price of one’s life is so cheap.”
“Only $17,000? LOL”
“She brought ruin upon someone and all she has to pay is $17,000…”
“It’s disgusting how there are still people defending her”
“Justice is alive and well.”
“She should have uploaded an apology on Instagram and paid for the damages when she had the chance to.”