On August 12, SM Entertainment released an official statement after it was reported earlier today that SHINees Onew had been accused of sexual assault.
SM Entertainment stated, As a public figure, Onew is reflecting deeply on the anxiety and concern he has caused through unpleasant reports made about him earlier today. Onew went to a club on August 12 in order to congratulate a friend who made their debut as a DJ. Due to his intoxicated state, Onew unintentionally came into physical contact with those around him. This caused a misunderstanding between him and another individual, which is why he was brought in for questioning by the police.