Help Lee Jung-Hee; SBS Reveals It May All Be a Hoax

[Note from the editors: In order to give some background on the Lee Jung-hee scandal, we have translated this Dispatch article without netizen comments. This is a rarity for us here at koreaBANG. We will soon publish a second piece on the subject with responses from Korean netizens.]

From Dispatch:

“Shocking twist”…The whole story of the mother and two sons’ sexual abuse case

On July 25th, the SBS TV program “I Want to Know The Truth” launched an investigation into the mother and two sons’ sexual abuse case. There was a shocking twist. There was no evidence that could prove the mother’s claims. The program noted their suspicion that shaman Kim might be behind them. Let’s take a look at what the production team revealed.


On October 29th, 2014, a woman in her 40s and her two sons held a press conference. The title was “Press conference to demand thorough investigation of Mr. Heo and his father’s sexual crimes”. She mainly claimed that her husband, Pastor Heo, her father-in-law and her own parents’ family members all worked together to rape her and her sons. She even claimed that they had had orgies.

Lee: “Would you believe my sons and I had sex with my husband and father-in-law? But it really happened. Sometimes, my father-in-law brought a dozen of his believers. On such a day, we would have an orgy.” (The older son and younger son will be called by false names Junho and Junsu hereafter.)


Lee: “They injected some liquid from a 5~6 cm long colored ampule into me. After getting injected, I lost my shameful feelings and felt drowsy. My husband said those were aphrodisiacs and drugs.”


What’s more shocking was that the young boys were involved in these acts. They are 17 and 13 years old. They also made the same claims.

Junsu: “My dad began beating and raping me since when I was 5 years old. It is all true that my dad and grandfather did all those things.”

However, the production team was not able to meet Lee.


Later in June, the mother and two sons began speaking up again. They appealed to the public through their posts on Nate Pann and videos on YouTube.

Lee: “I want to tell our fellow citizens that we indeed suffered from sexual abuse and sex trafficking. It was all my fault so arrest me. But please save my children at least.”

Let’s sum up her story. Her husband Heo who is a church pastor, and her father-in-law, forced her and her two sons to have orgies with family members and beat them if they refused. They injected drugs even into their young sons while she helplessly watched them get raped.

What is the truth after all?


The production team met them in March this year. They came to the broadcasting station saying they cannot hide anymore.

Lee: “Back then, I couldn’t trust anyone. The more people got to know the truth, the more covered up it became.”

Lee: “Took drugs, had sex, gave or took money, took pictures, sold them on the internet and shared the income.”

She even claimed that she was a victim of the church’s sex trade business. She told an incredible story about being filmed and her videos being circulated.


Junsu: “No matter how much my anus was bleeding, I couldn’t get treated for it because Dad didn’t let me go out. Because he was afraid that I would say I was raped by my dad to a doctor. He didn’t let me go to the hospital at all.”

Lee sought to reveal the truth so her two sons could have a future.


The next day, Lee and her younger son went to the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency. These days, all they do is file lawsuits and make statements.

Prosecutor: “Junsu, do you know this person?”
Junsu: “I know him because he raped me.”
Prosecutor: “Where and how did it happen?”
Junsu: “It was always the same. He came to our house.”


There are a number of names on Lee’s notes. She intends to sue all of them.

Lee: “I can’t count the exact number but I am suing about 30 people now. There are dozens more. This is the only way to express that we have been victimized by this many people.”


The older son, Junho, was even admitted to a mental hospital.

Junho: “This is my fifth hospital. My dad always tries to find me at the hospitals. He wants to kidnap me. Even if Dad is not around me now, he still appears in my dreams. I keep getting reminded of how our family had sex. Sometimes, mom and I had sex with each other, too.”


The church’s staff members claimed her statements were all lies.


However, Lee said she has proof that the church is lying.

Lee: “In 1991, soon after I began attending the church, there was some trouble there. Several women sued my father-in-law. The crimes he was accused of were real.”

She said her father-in-law was also a sex offender who raped his believers.

Lee: “If you look at a king long ago, he had his queen and many concubines. It was like that. He taught my husband to do the same and make all women at the church his own so that the women would help him later.”


But, the church’s lawyer had a different story.

Lawyer: “Regarding the sexual assault case, he was found to be innocent at the Supreme Court. The appeal was dismissed. It was also proven that his church was not a cult.”


If what Lee claims is true, why didn’t her case receive much attention?

Lee: “I’ve talked to journalists but they were all paid off.”

She claimed that her husband and his father bought off the media with the huge amount of money they have.


Lee claimed that they are still threatened by Heo and his father even after running away. She said they became fugitives after they revealed the church’s secrets last year.


Again, the church’s story is different.

Church staff member: “In 2007, pastor Heo and his wife were kicked out of our church because there was an issue. Since then, we were unable to contact them. We don’t even know their contact information.”


The production team was able to contact pastor Heo after asking around. According to the mother and two sons, Heo forced them to take drugs and engage in the sex trade, and he was able to cover up all his evil deeds with his enormous power and wealth. When the team actually met him in person, he was living in a humble studio apartment. He was making a living delivering pizzas.


What does Heo want to say?

Heo: “I haven’t seen my kids for 2 years and 2 months. When I go deliver pizza, 80% of the time, kids come to the door first. Then I find myself asking them how old they are. I tear up if they say they were born in 2002. I wonder if my kids might have grown up like that. Nobody would notice if I cried on a motorcycle. I just grit my teeth and take it. I know that I will be able to see my kids again someday.”


Heo said he still loves his children and wife. He said his family was happy like any other normal family.

Heo: “I was not a terrible dad. When my wife was in the US, she survived through hard times and raised our kids well. She began to change little by little after she came back to Korea. All she asked for was a divorce.”

Lee took care of her kids while they were studying abroad for 10 years. Heo said she changed since 2006 when she came back to Korea. He said she left home with the kids and demanded a divorce.


Heo acknowledged that the divorce was granted because of his violent behavior. In the divorce suit, he said the custody was given to his wife because of that. However, he said what his wife and sons said at the press conference was not true. In fact, there was no mention of sexual abuse in the court ruling for the divorce.

Heo: “My wife never said anything like that during our divorce suit. Then I made an appeal against the first ruling. I demanded the right to see my children twice a month. Right after that, she began to mention sexual abuse.”


What did the police department investigation reveal?

Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency’s sex crime investigation team: “She said there are many videos showing her family engaging in sexual acts. I thought if there was really such a video, it would be truly shocking.”


The police raided Heo’s house, car, motorcycle, etc. but there was no single piece of evidence that could prove Lee’s claims.

Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency’s sex crime investigation team: “We analyzed the videos we found for several days. Those videos only showed the children growing up, family trips, and the like.”


What do the mother and sons think about this?

Junsu: “My dad’s whole life is a lie. Everything he says is a lie. When we went out together, he took pictures to show that we are a good family.”

They claimed that every video was filmed according to Heo’s demands.


As of now, the only basis for the sexual abuse accusation is the mother and two sons’ statements. The mother and sons went to Cheongju in Chungcheongbuk-do for cross-examination with another person who was accused of sexual violence against them. She’s sued dozens of people so far.

Junsu: “He looked at me when I asked him to look at my face. He didn’t acknowledge his crime until the end. He said he saw me for the first time. I exactly remember his face because he raped me for several years.”


They also went to a village in the countryside. Lee said there are more than just a few sex offenders in the village.

Lee: “It would be safe to assume that everyone except for old men who can’t move their bodies here had sex with us. This whole village is a sex village.”


Lee came across a resident in the village. Then she claimed that he raped her with Pastor Heo.

Lee: “Hello. You know me, right? I am Heo’s wife. Do you still talk to Heo? I sued Heo for sexual abuse and sex trafficking.”

Resident: “Who is Mr. Heo?”

Lee: “You had sex with me.”

Resident: “This woman is saying something weird.”

Lee: “You raped me. You raped my son. Why do you think I sued everyone here?”

Junsu: “You raped me.”


The man looked dumbfounded and laughed at first. But after Junsu also joined the dialogue, he ended up calling the police.

Lee: “I know the policeman is also on your side! Call the policeman. He also had sex with me.”


Here the production team observed a strange scene. While Lee was talking to the resident, the camera caught something strange.

Lee: “Call your brother. Go to that side, and tell him that mom is okay.”


How could he call Junho in a closed room at a mental hospital? After 5 minutes of talking on the phone, Junsu came back to his mother.

Junsu: “Ah…Junho said we don’t have to bother him with all this and we should just sue them. Just sue. That’s what he said. He said that man is not a scary person.”

Was it really Junho who Junsu talked to? Under the circumstances, it seemed certain that he called someone else for advice.


There is another clue. The police said there is a person who is helping the family.

Police: “They just said she is a “grandma” who takes care of the children.”

They said there was a person called “grandma” when Junsu first gave statements about his sexual abuse experience.


Pastor Heo made a surprising claim about the grandma, whose surname is Kim.

Heo: “The wife I knew was not the kind of person who would make her kids say such things. It was Kim’s influence. She can do it because the kids are not her own kids.”

According to Heo, Kim is a shaman. He claimed that the shaman who his wife has been following for a decade is controlling his ex-wife and sons.


Heo: “When we checked our real estate documents during the divorce suit, it was worth 4.8 billion won in total. Kim is making them lie to take that money.”


What is the identity of shaman Kim?

In fact, Lee took the production team to Kim’s place before. It was the prayer center in the town she called “Sex Village”.


According to Lee, Heo used the praying center for sex trafficking. She claimed that Heo is lying about Kim because he is worried that his crimes will be revealed.

Lee: “Heo said we should pin the blame on the shaman if we’re caught. Just because she is a shaman, people would believe that she is behind something shameful. Kim lost her business and center. She was harmed a lot. I feel sorry for that. She already had enough trouble. She should not get involved in this mess. I am so sorry that I don’t contact her any more. My husband tried to kill the shaman. He made many plans. He tried to make her take bad drugs.”

Is Kim really a victim?

Lee clearly said there are only three of them for themselves. She said her husband, her own parents’ family and her husband’s parents’ family were all sexual offenders. She said in tears that most media outlets do not even report about her case because they’re blinded by power and money.

However, in September of last year when the case first surfaced, there was shaman Kim next to the three.


How did they first meet the shaman? The team visited Lee’s parents’ family.

Lee’s older sister: “According to her, orgies happened in this house and I was leading it, right? She is 16 years younger than me. I didn’t know she would do something like that to me.”


The family said Heo was mainly to be blamed for their divorce.

Lee’s older sister: “Heo was being violent habitually. So I wanted them to get divorced. I wished it more than 12 times a day. Heo was also good at begging my sister for forgiveness. He was begging for forgiveness more than 12 times a day.”


She also guessed how Lee might have fallen into the shaman’s trap.

Lee’s older sister: “Once my sister had a headache and vomited. She couldn’t eat. She went to a lot of different hospitals but they couldn’t find out why. Then I talked to shaman Kim who I knew back then. She told me about a way to cure my sister.”


In 2004, Lee suffered from an unknown sickness. She did a ritual as the shaman instructed and she recovered.

Lee’s older sister: “Surprisingly she got better. The next day, she began eating and she had no headache. She was lively. I was really, really surprised.”


She said Lee began to follow Kim from then onward. Shockingly, she also said Lee received an invocatory rite to be a shaman herself.

Another strange scene was captured.

After the production team left the room, Junsu stood up and closed the door. He checked the camera and his attitude changed as he seemed to think the camera was off.

Junsu: “To see if it is off”

Junho: “Don’t cut me off. Don’t say anything. It looks suspicious to that person. The camera films it all.”

Junsu: “They would only see me being like this.”

Junho: “Don’t make it suspicious. What if these people think we are lying?”

The kids were talking about whether the production team would believe them for a while. They noticed that the mic was still on and were taken aback.


Another questionable thing. Their attitude when they talked about their experiences of sexual abuse.

Production team: “How many times were you victimized?”

Junsu: “Many times, frequently. For several years between 2008 and 2013.

Then, Lee burst into laughter a few times.


The production team asked experts to examine the mother and sons’ statements- about 100 pages of petitions, YouTube videos and 13-hour-long videos.


1. First of all, they thought the statements about physical violence seemed to be true.

Sookmyung Women’s University’s social psychology professor Park Ji-seon: “The emotions from when the kids were beaten by their dad were highly convincing. Readers can almost feel it vividly.”

Crime psychologist professor Pyo Chang-won: “She said Heo acted so nicely and treated her well like a gentleman in front of other people but he didn’t love her. Parts like this are very convincing.”


2. However, all experts concluded that the parts about sexual abuse and sex trafficking are not convincing.


Professor Park Ji-seon: “This drawing doesn’t fit the writing. So what do we have to take? Either the writing or the drawing is not genuine. When they try to manipulate, they don’t manipulate a smiley.”


Professor Pyo Chang-won: “They were trying to describe what they might have seen from porn videos. However, they couldn’t describe what they felt at that time. I can confidently say there was no possibility of an orgy.”

What is the truth from them? What conspiracy is hidden? Who is shaman Kim? The second episode will air on August 2nd.

You can take another look at the documentary from the following article.
A synopsis of points from the Lee Jung-hee documentary program

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  • Xman2014

    Here’s the full SBS documentary.

    Scroll to around 53:36, and look at how those two kids act when they think the camera is off. But then they panic when they realize the mike and camera is still rolling.

    Damning evidence of dishonesty.

    But what about these stupid Kpop netizens believe this BS story even after all is reveales. lol… oh my god… they’ll believe anything that’s online.

    • Downvote is actually working~

      People like you is the worst. What about “These stupid KPOP netizens”? I was one of those stupid KPOP netizens that believed and wanted to try to help this woman. Honestly, I won’t regret a thing in fact I have a bit of relief mind knowing this horrible story is just a lie. I felt cheated but honestly I have no regret for feeling sorry and want to help a person in difficult situation.

      • Chucky3176

        No, the worst ones are the KPOP groupy crazy nutjobs who will believe anything said online at face value. They’re the most annoying group of immature teen fandom who thinks their “oppa” singing is the best thing ever who can do no wrong. Oppa this, oppa that, I can’t stand Kpopper’s especially the non Koreans. Get that shit out of my face.

        • Downvote is actually working~

          you fail to see my points.

          • Messed up Reality

            Ok, but think about it. This entire story seems so fucked up in so many levels, which makes it very unrealistic and out of proportion for anyone to actually think this story is genuine to an average person. Do you still remember the “Michael Jackson” sexual molestation of little boys? That was pretty messed up too and it was not even something extremely repulsive or disgusting compared to “this story”, and yet that was FAKE. The boy admittedly said how he was FORCED by his PARENTS to make up a story of being sexually molested by Michael Jackson after visiting his home to get MONEY from Michael Jackson in a lawsuit. The boy admitted after Michael Jackson died, really sad anyone could do that.

          • Downvote is actually working~

            There is nothing unrealistic unless the story involved things from ‘other world’ or magic or supernatural. Or.. UFO aliens…

            Also, I’ve heard story that have a feel wow so unrealistic why a human could do that. That heartbreaking story is about a girl named Junko Furuta. It’s real story and it gave me shivers.

            This story LJH fabricate, you would be surprised and sorry that there could a story similar to her who is still unknown in some place in this earth.

          • Eggpop

            Sympathizing with apparent victims isn’t a bad thing, the issue is when the netizens simply take online stories at face-value without personally looking into the truths and take action ‘in the defense of the ‘victims”.

            Anyone who jumps on the bandwagon before actually knowing who the real victim is should be ashamed because a case isn’t always black and white. OP generalizing people is a bit dickish but it’s concerning when someone attempts to lighten up the gravity of people’s action when they defend the wrong person.

            For example many people followed up on Emma Sulkowicz’s ‘rape accusation’ by joining her mattress movement. Her sympathizers spread the accusation against Sulkowicz’s ‘rapist’ (a German student) like wild fire, media published articles that already printed him as a criminal even with the lack of evidences and the dishonesty in her acts after her rape. This literally went on for months (and is still going for some reason) and ultimately ruining the student’s reputation in society (meaning he’s now forever tagged with the incidence that will hinder him from finding jobs or making friends).

            You SHOULD be regretting if you ever took an action to defend against someone without knowing full sides of the story. Because when you think you’re helping a victim, you might actually be perpetrating harm on the real one.

    • Justin Smith

      Is there in english subtitled version for that documentary?

      • David
        • Justin Smith

          Thanks, but this is not the official documentary. I would like to see the original aired documentary with english subtitles.

          • Xman2014

            There isn’t one yet. But what’s been translated here in this forum, is a pretty accurate summary of what the SBS documentary discovered in their investigative report.

          • David

            No, it would have been silly to relink the documentary. As Xman says the one here is a pretty accurate summary. This is a link to a youtube video made a month ago by supporters of hers that compiled the information which had come out over a 9 month period to try and make it easier to understand. Keep in mind it was put together by her supports. However, you can see and hear the evidence first hand and judge for yourself after seeing many different sources. This also has recordings of telephone conversations she had with three different police detectives on it.

        • Xman2014

          That’s not the SBS documentary show that aired last week. Just you are aware, the same organization who were there to help the woman get justice, that put up that video few months back, have now disbanded, saying they were fooled by the woman’s historonics. As you can see by that video, lot of the facts shown in the video turned out not to be true.

          • David

            Yes, I know that is not the documentary, why would I post a link to a documentary that is already on the page that everybody has seen? This is simply a youtube video put together last month, not a few months ago. The peopel who made it have certainly not disbanded, why do you say that? They made comments on the youtube page that are only hours old supporting her and her family. I d not know if somebody told you that or you saw it somewhere but it is not true. It is one thing to say you do not believe, fine it is open for debate, but to treat this like a case that is over is crazy, it is far from over. To say the people who supported her have repudiated her is simply false. I have not made up my mind on the subject, But it is worth further investigation. I know Koreans DO like to hide any suggestion of sexual molestation or incest. I have seen it first school officials, parents, teachers who will all come together and lie to pretend it never happened. Not always to simply protect a powerful person but to protect themselves so they can tell themselves they never suspected because it didn’t happen. In fact I have been told by teachers and principals that this NEVER happens in Korea and that 99.99% of reported rapes and molestations are fabricated so there is no reason to even repeat this kind of thing if told to you by a student…

  • Incest, rape, divorce, sodomy, domestic abuse, media coverage, religious cults, shamans, hoax. When will this be made into a movie?

  • 금정산

    Michael Jackson was innocent. Parents made their children lie because they were after his money.

    • btxfangirl94

      He actually wasn’t..he paid off the kid’s family..there was child pornography found in his house and there is a lot of evidence for it that was covered up..he was a severely disturbed man who abused young boys..

  • Justin Smith

    Heo: “When we checked our real estate documents during the divorce
    suit, it was worth 4.8 billion won in total. Kim is making them lie to
    take that money.”

    4.8 billion won are 3.7 million €…. Where is all their money? If only the real estate was 4.8 billion won worth, they should had a good live…. Why the husband is delivering Pizza now??

    • joeglens


  • David

    I have watched the video, I have watched the whole documentary, I have read what the kids have said and written. Nothing by these so called experts makes me think it is a hoax. Is there something else I am missing? Here is one collection of the evidence done as a YouTube video from a month ago.

    • Xman2014

      The only evidence they got is their own words. But:

      – No eyewitnesses

      – Not one person out of 20 people allegedly mass raped comes forward to support this family.

      – The husband who is supposedly a powerful pastor of a church with all kinds of connections, has been delivering pizzas on scooters.

      – The church she supposedly attended, says the husband and wife left the church in 2007.

      – No physical or mental evidence of abuses found in the boys who are supposedly sexually molested and raped.

      – The strange behavior of the woman and her kids when the reporter was interviewing them.

      – The refusal of the family members to cooperate with the police.

      Next week, the SBS documentary will also air further evidences of fabrication by this woman, and the role the fraudster is playing in their lives (person posing as a powerful shaman). Let’s wait for that show.

      • David

        You don’t know what they will air, you have not seen it yet. How can you possibly say it is evidence. I have heard the conversations with the police that she recorded, one detective admits he saw a DVD with the sex on it but says it is nto enough proof for the prosecutor. I see people saying they have already seen proof of fraud but no proof has been offered. This is called conjecture.

  • tteacherjjllee

    They look like criminals.

  • Korea

    Avoid: crazy religions.

  • Guy Forget

    Fake. And yes, Kpop makes the korean people dumb and clueless. Remember what MTV culture did to Americans? As I’ve said for years now, kpop is a prostitution industry in itself, not really selling sex per se, but basically selling out korean people and korean culture. Watch happens when this is all over. Korea as we know it won’t exist any longer.

  • Anonymous

    No. I’m sorry. It’s just kinda obvious that

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