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Yang Ye Won Sexual Harassment Controversy Update: New Evidence Contradict Famous YouTuber's Claims; Photoshoots Allegedly Happened With Her Consent

by Betty Potts / May 29, 2018 02:03 AM EDT
The alleged studio in question unearthed old conversations that may prove the famous YouTuber was not forced to do the photoshoot. Photo by 비글커플/YouTube Screenshot

A new set of evidence comes to light amid Yang Ye Won's sexual harassment controversy. The alleged studio in question unearthed old conversations that may prove the famous YouTuber was not forced to do the photoshoots but was actually asking for more.

In a report by Money Today, via All Kpop, the old conversation between Yang Ye Won and the studio chief happened three years ago using an instant messaging application, Kakaotalk. The exchange of messages started on July 7, 2015, and lasted until September 30 of the same year. This was the time the social media star made her first contract with the studio.

In the conversation, Yang Ye Won was allegedly asking the studio chief to arrange a schedule and book more photoshoot sessions for her. Based on their messages, there were a total of 13 unforced photoshoots. The first one took place on July 8, 2015, while the last one happened on September 8 of the same year. This contradicts the YouTuber's first claim that she had a total of five coerced photoshoots with the studio.

From here, the netizens started to question Yang Ye Won's claims. To recall, the famous YouTuber argued that she was forced to pose for nude photos. After her first photo shoot, she allegedly told the studio's chief that she would stop filming but was coerced to do a total of five photoshoot sessions. Purportedly, the director threatened to file legal actions against her if she didn't do the work.

However, in the conversation, it can be seen that Yang Ye Won was asking for a photo shoot from one session to another. In fact, in one of their messages, the famous YouTuber said that she needed to do it "one more time" because she needed to pay for her classes. She even asked the studio chief if she could get her payment in advance if there would be a conflict in schedule.

According to Money Today, most of the time, the photoshoots were set with Yang Ye Won's consent. The studio chief claimed that she was the one who often called him because she needed money. Per hour, he gave her 100,000 to 150,000 KRW or about $93 to $140. In total, they had 13 photoshoots.

"I originally didn't plan or think to film so many times," he said. He also claimed that the photoshoots happened with her consent. He even revealed that he asked her beforehand if "she could follow through with the concept" during the interview.

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