(UPDATE: July 19, 21:27 KST) Faker’s legal team answers questions from the media regarding the lawsuit

(UPDATE: July 19, 21:27 KST) Faker’s legal team answers questions from the media regarding the lawsuit

(UPDATE: July 19, 21:27 KST) After both T1 and Faker’s legal team made their official statements, they held a Q&A session to answer questions from the media present. Scroll down below for a translation of the entire Q&A session.

For years, LCK teams have suffered harassment and online threats. Most recently, kt Rolster was sent pictures of deadly weapons and even actual weapons in a box to KT’s rehearsal room. LCK teams have urged fans not to harass or threaten the players in any way, and have also taken appropriate action privately.

On July 19, T1’s legal team filed a lawsuit against those who wrote malicious comments against Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok. T1 and Faker’s legal team, Apex, first made official statements in front of Jongno police station, and answered questions from various media.

An official statement from Faker’s legal representatives (Translated, Update: July 19, 17:20 KST)

Hi, this is Park Ji-won and Noh You-hyeon, Fakers’ legal representatives from the law firm APEX Law LLC.

Despite T1’s repeated requests to those who leave malicious comments, we found that not only were there more of these comments, but that they have also become more malicious. The player, the player’s family and all those around him continue to suffer on a mental level, so we had no choice but to file a criminal lawsuit against those who posted such malicious comments online.

With regard to Faker’s opinion on this matter, we only file criminal proceedings against those who have repeatedly and habitually left such malicious comments, as he believed that these persons must be punished with severe sanctions. As such, there will be no request or favorable agreements.

Please note that our law firm will continue to monitor comments online to see if there are such malicious comments that may be criminally implicated against Faker and the T1 players, and will proactively take legal action to combat such harassment. We hope that a healthy and mature e-sports culture can be established to avoid such legal steps in the future. “

An official statement from T1 (translated)

“Today, T1 will file official lawsuits against John Does from a specific online community that has continuously and repeatedly harassed Lee” Faker “Sang-hyeok via malicious comments.

Faker himself believes that objective assessments of a player’s performance and career from the fans are something a professional player must endure. Unlawful criticism and personal attacks, however, are not something to accept.

We at T1 are determined to protect all our affiliated members from unauthorized attacks. Earlier this year, we filed lawsuits against those who verbally attacked our coach, Kim “Moment” Ji-hwan, and today we are filing further lawsuits against those who have attacked Faker.

The cases we submit today are not one-off measures. T1 wishes to emphasize that should there be more cases of those violating the personal rights of our players, we will proactively take legal action to protect our players.

Freedom of expression must never defame or infringe on the rights of others. T1 will continue to do our best to protect our players and create a healthy e-sports culture.

Thank you.

Questions and answers with the media present (Translated, Update: July 19, 21:27 KST)

Can you specify how many people have been sued?

It’s a small group of people. Because this is an ongoing case that is under investigation, we can not provide the exact number of people we are suing. We did not sue all those who made hateful comments. As we said in the statement earlier, we took action against only those who have continuously left very malicious comments.

In addition, while monitoring the various online communities, we learned that a small group of hateful Internet users’ malicious posts recorded a large portion of all posts in these communities. The accused are a small group of people who have continuously left such posts and comments since the beginning of the year.

How serious were these posts?

If I specify the severity of such comments, the identities of those we are suing may be revealed, so please understand that we are very careful in this regard. To give examples, the slanders were directed at Faker’s mother and drawings that would be considered unspeakably ugly.

For a few of the accused, the organization has previously warned them to stop hating comments. Despite this, they continue to ignore the warnings and continue.

Is the lawsuit only brought under the Penal Code Article 311?

That is correct. It is only under the Insult Act.

Penal Code Article 311 of the Korean Law

Are there any ongoing lawsuits for other players on T1?

Coach Kim “Moment” Ji-hwan’s lawsuit has been filed earlier this year, and is in process. Should there be a need to take legal action against other members of T1, we will take appropriate action.

Can you give us more details about the reasons behind the lawsuits?

As we said earlier, despite the warnings from T1, these people have continuously posted malicious comments online. As T1 had no choice but to proceed with these lawsuits, the organization and Faker themselves want these people to be properly punished.

So why now? Why did you decide that today was the right time to move on and take legal action?

To combat such hate speech online, we established an internal legal team this year. After MSI, the severity of these posts has become much worse, so we felt it was necessary to take action.

Should the court uphold Faker, how much punishment do you expect?

In the case of the insult law in Korea, the accused is usually sentenced to a fine of between 1,000,000 and 2,000,000 KRW [764.58 USD to 1529.17 USD]. However, depending on the severity and frequency of such insults, the accused may be sentenced to imprisonment. In our case, because these people have been very malicious and continuously insulted Faker, we believe that the punishment will be much stricter than a simple fine of 1-2 million KRW.

Depending on the outcome of this criminal lawsuit, are there any plans to pursue a civil lawsuit?

For the time being, we are proceeding with a criminal case. However, should there be a need for further action, we will potentially also discuss plans for a civil case.

After T1 gave a statement regarding taking legal action, has anyone contacted the organization to request favorable arrangements?

The administrators of a Faker antifan community have contacted the organization and have sent us a written apology. Also, with regard to the current lawsuit, because this is the first time we have publicly announced the lawsuit, there has been no contact yet.

Are there any plans to take legal action against the specified online communities themselves, in order to refrain from taking action against such insults and slander?

From a legal point of view, they have a duty to monitor and implement measures against such hateful posts and comments, and they have been very cooperative in relation to our requests, so we are not worried in that regard.

Recently, there were incidents within kt Rolster, where they were not only sent pictures of deadly weapons, but actual weapons that were sent in a box to their training room, which mainly threatened the players and the coaching staff. Have there been such incidents with T1?

There were no such incidents with T1. While I do not think it is my place to speak on behalf of other organizations, I do agree with what our CEO, Joe Marsh, tweeted about the incident at KT on a personal level.

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