After news of their scheduled appearance in Jakarta drew some (unwarranted) controversy, the arrival of members of the popular Korean girl band SNSD (also known as Girls’ Generation) in the capital proved to be distressing to at least one member of the group, Taeyeon, who was allegedly groped in her private areas when she was mobbed by fans at Soekarno-Hatta Airport yesterday.
In an Instagram post yesterday, Taeyeon recalled the traumatic incident in a caption accompanying an all black photo:
자카르타 공항에서 수많은 인파에 몰려 발이 엉키고 몸도 엉켜서 많이 위험한 상황이 있었습니다 실제로 바닥에 넘어진채로 벌벌떨고 눈물이 멈추지 않았어요. 현지 경호원분이 위험해 보였는지 절 뒤에서 번쩍 들어올리셔서 그것 또한 너무 당황스러웠고 놀랐습니다. 자꾸 뒤에서 옆에서 신체접촉에 긴장했던 상황인지라 질서라는건 찾아볼 수 없었고 기다려주셨던 분들중에 똑같이 넘어지고 다치신 분들도 있는 것 같아서 제 마음이 몹시 좋지 않네요. 그리고 고의는 아니었겠지만 신체일부 엉덩이며 가슴이며 자꾸 접촉하고 부딪히고 서로 잡아당기고.. 그 느낌도 참 당황스럽고 제정신을 못차리겠더라고요. 그래서 오랜만에 도착한 자카르타에서 좋은 모습으로 입국 할 수가 없었습니다. 기다려준 팬들에게 너무 미안하고 제발 우리 다치지않게 질서를 지켜줬으면 좋겠어요 그 누구보다 사랑 많고 정 많고 서로 이해 할 수 있는 우리팬들이니까 오늘일은 해프닝으로 생각할게요. 모두 다 상처받지 않길 바랄게
Taeyeon’s caption, as translated by Soompi.com, reads:
“There was such a large crowd at the airport in Jakarta that my feet became tangled up and my body was also, so it was a very dangerous situation. I actually fell to the floor, and I trembled and couldn’t stop crying.
“Perhaps because I looked like I was in danger, the security guard on site came from behind me and lifted me up, which also startled me. I was anxious because of the recurring physical contact from behind me and to my sides, and I couldn’t find any order.
“I am very upset because I think some of the people who were waiting for me also fell and were injured.
“Also, it wouldn’t have been intentional, but there was recurring contact with parts of my body, my behind and my chest, as well as colliding and pulling… I was taken aback by that and couldn’t get ahold of myself.
“That is why I couldn’t appear my best when I arrived in Jakarta for the first time in a while. I’m so sorry to the fans who waited, and please, I hope order will be kept so that we do not get hurt.
“You are our fans who are the most loving and kind-hearted, and can understand each other, so I will think of today’s events as just an accident. I hope that no one is hurt.”
Twitter user @ddongbyullie posted a short clip of security officers escorting Taeyeon past a raucous crowd of fans at the airport yesterday, showing the pop star covering her face, presumably out of distress.
The only glimpse of TY I can get and as u can see the crowd behind her is crazy af pic.twitter.com/C93sNm6oYA
— ☆똥스☆ (@ddongbyullie) August 17, 2017
Indonesian officials have not released any statement about the incident, including whether or not Taeyeon was sexually harassed.
Taeyeon and several members of SNSD are scheduled to perform at a countdown event for the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta today. Their Jakarta trip was previously denounced by some conservative netizens, who wrongly believed that the band, which represented “symbols of prostitution”, were going to perform to celebrate Indonesia’s Independence Day yesterday.