Tuesday, 1 December 2020

K-pop star Goo Hara’s death sparks bullying debate

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SEOUL: Fans mourned and questions were asked Monday after K-pop star and revenge porn victim Goo Hara was found dead in a possible suicide, which would make her the second female singer in a month to take her own life in the high-pressure industry.

The body of Goo, a member of former girl group Kara, was discovered Sunday evening at her home in Cheongdam, one of Seoul’s wealthiest neighbourhoods.

 

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Police were still investigating her cause of death and Yonhap news agency reported they were “keeping the possibility of suicide in consideration”.

In May, the 28-year-old star apologised to her fans after being hospitalised following a suspected suicide attempt, saying she had been “in agony over a number of issues”.


Goo was abused by an ex-boyfriend last year who — after they split —blackmailed her over their private videos.

The ex, hairdresser Choi Jong-bum, threatened “to end her entertainment career” by leaking the footage, and a CCTV clip of the couple showed the singer kneeling before him apparently begging him not to.

 

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In the conservative South, women who appear in such videos often feel shame – despite being the victims – and face ostracism and social isolation if the images become public.

The man was convicted of multiple crimes including blackmail in August and was given a suspended jail term, but the star had been targeted by abusive online comments since the incident.

 

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Before her body was discovered on Sunday her Instagram account was flooded with hate comments about her appearance and her history with her ex.

 

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Goo made her debut in 2008 with Kara – for several years one of the two biggest K-pop girl groups – and pursued a solo career after the group broke up, completing a tour of Japan last week.

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