“Police have received the evidence of abuse and are taking it very seriously and working with us closely,” Clegg, 24, and her representative from BrandBomb Marketing tell In Touch Weekly in an exclusive statement. “The investigation is ongoing, so we will not be able to speak further.”
News of the allegations against Lee, 31, broke in September 2020, when it was confirmed the now-former flames would not be appearing in the season 2 tell-all.
Clegg previously dropped a hint about their family drama in August by telling fans that she had a “horrible reason” for her sudden relocation from South Korea to the United States. At the time, the TLC star confirmed she uprooted her life with both Drascilla and Taeyang, her son shared with Lee.
“[The abuse case is active] in Gyeonggi Province, Korea,” an insider exclusively tells In Touch, before sharing details about what allegedly transpired before Clegg got authorities involved. “Jihoon pulled Drascilla’s hair multiple times. Deavan did not witness it when it first began but later saw him do this in front of her. About two to three inches of hair was pulled out at one point. It was a huge amount overall,” adds the insider.
“Jihoon claims he just ‘tugged’ on her hair and a chunk of hair just fell out,” the source says following his denial that he was ever abusive to Drascilla.
“Deavan called the police several times in Korea around late March/early April 2020 and they never showed up at the time,” continues the source about their relationship woes. “Deavan bought a ticket to come back to America immediately after the fact but unfortunately her flight was canceled due to COVID-19, so she had to stay more than a week longer. Sharp Entertainment was aware of the abuse and they offered to pay for counseling for Drascilla and Deavan.”
After their reality TV stint together, both Clegg and Lee have been subject to criticism and hate-filled messages, which caused added strain on the duo. “Deavan and Jihoon are still in a custody battle in America for the custody of Taeyang,” says the insider. “The next court date hasn’t been set yet.”
Lee’s lawyer, Joseph Alamilla, responds to the allegations in an exclusive statement to In Touch. “It is my understanding that Deavan initiated an investigation in South Korea almost a year after having left South Korea with her daughter and Jihoon’s son. She did not make a complaint while she lived there and only filed the complaint after he filed his answer and counterclaim in this case,” Alamilla explains. “We are presently seeking to obtain records of the actual complaint and should have an update after we receive the documents. It is unclear why she would wait so long to make such an allegation, but again we should have more information soon.”
“Jihoon categorically denies the allegation that two to three inches of hair was pulled out and questions the source since there is photographic proof that Drascilla had all of her hair, it was combed and otherwise in good order before and after any alleged incident,” Alamilla says in response to the claims. “Deavan herself indicates that she was not there when it happened and so given the length of time between the incident and her lack of first-hand knowledge, Jihoon denies that he pulled out two to three inches of her hair or that a ‘huge amount’ of hair was pulled out. He denies the allegations and is actively seeking documentation concerning any alleged proof.”
As for the alleged “evidence” that would eventually “prove” the abuse, Alamilla says “there is no ‘evidence’ of any such incident.” He adds, “Jihoon is collecting photographic evidence to show that Drascilla had all of her hair before and after any such allegation would have arisen. Deavan fully admits to not having witnessed it and there is no direct proof that any such allegation is true. Again, Jihoon is actively seeking the documents to clear his name.”
Alamilla also questions South Korean police not responding to previous calls Clegg allegedly made in March and April of last year. “If a call was made to the police, the police would have had to show up and document the allegations. If no call was made at the time, no police would have shown up,” he explains. “South Korea is on a different system, but in the United States, there would be documentation of the call, a recording of the call, and a report once the officers were called to the scene. Although we are trying to obtain any documents, it is unclear whether the documents or recordings even exist. Now that it is almost a year after any alleged incident, it is almost impossible to collect contemporaneous evidence of any alleged abuse especially where it was undocumented.”
“Jihoon is actively seeking these records to clear his good name,” Alamilla concludes.