Malicious comments from “National Hotel Girl” on Suji…Supreme Court “Complaints of Insult”
The Supreme Court ruled that posting a comment on an article featuring singer and actress Suzy (28, real name Bae Soo-ji) constitutes an insult. The Supreme Court judged that it met the constituent requirements of the crime of insult because it was disparaging in a way that “sexually targeted.”
The second part of the Supreme Court (Chief Justice Min Yoo-sook) announced on the 28th that it had destroyed the original trial that acquitted a man in his 40s who was put on trial on charges of insults and sent the case back to the Seoul Northern District Court.
A was accused of posting slanderous comments on an Internet portal article related to a movie starring Suzy in 2015, including “The Bubble Made by Unple (Media Play), Just a National Hotel Girl.” A stated at the investigative agency that she changed Suzy’s nickname, “National Sister,” after seeing a scandal between Suzy and a male celebrity.
The first trial sentenced A to a fine of 1 million won, saying that his expression was an insulting remark that could undermine Suzy’s social evaluation. On the other hand, the second trial found that it was not possible to apply the same standards for establishing the same insult as non-celebrities to people who receive public attention, such as celebrities.
However, the Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the second trial, saying that “national hotel girls” could have the character of “disgusting expression” against women.
The Supreme Court said, “The National Hotel Girl was disparaged as a way to sexually target the victim, hinting at the image of innocence and opposition that the victim had previously appealed to the public,” adding, “It can be evaluated as a contemptible expression that can degrade the victim’s social evaluation, and it is difficult to see it as a legitimate act.”
He also explained, “It is necessary to be careful to judge that insulting expressions of celebrities’ personal lives do not constitute an insult or violate social norms based on freedom of expression.”
The Supreme Court said, “In recent years, hate expressions based on race, gender, and region of origin have become a problem. It should be considered that many of the hateful expressions also fall under the constituent requirements of insulting crimes by lowering social evaluation of victims,” he pointed out.