In a bizarre live stream video, a professional StarCraft player appears to sexually harass and assault a woman. The player says it’s not what it looks like.
StarCraft player Yum “Sea” Bo Sung appears to put his arm around a non-consenting woman and then punches her arm after she pulls his hand off her shoulder, twice, in a live stream, South Korean news site Naver reported last week (along with relevant GIFs captured from the stream). After the announcement that Sea was banned from competing in the Afreeca Starleague StarCraft circuit for one week, Sea released a statement saying the whole thing was staged.
Here’s a translation of Sea’s statement from Reddit user SNM_Prist, in which Sea says he is good friends with the broadcasting jockey (another term for streamer, shortened to BJ) that he punched, and that his touching of her was planned:
Sea’s week-long ban comes from two different incidents, one in which he says he threw up on stream (a three-day ban) and assaulting the woman on stream (another three-day ban).
Along with claiming that the video was staged, Sea mentioned that he is meeting with a lawyer.
Four days after this incident began spreading through South Korean news, the two women seen in the video still have not commented on the situation or Sea’s statement.