On September 23rd, the former Royal Pirates member shared his frustrations along with a gruesome picture of his arm.
“Im so pissed man. This is only part of what i went through. Rotting flesh before my eyes. Before my mom’s eyes. Hiding from my friends and fans because i dont want to bring anyone down. I quit my band. I left my company. I left the seeds i had sown. And every day i am trying to be positive. To start over. But i am so pissed. Crushed bones and hundreds of hours of rehab and now every day i have to fight. I hate you so much. I have to fight every single fucking day. My hand was chopped off and i try to find alternatives. now im a fucking shell of myself. Everyday i hear a new fucking crack or pop and feel a new twist or sprain or tear and your restaurant is fine and dandy. I passed you guys this trip to korea even though i didnt want to step anywhere near you but i still see you often in my nightmares. You guys were packed with customers. Do they know your ethics or what they would have to go through if they were crushed in your place? I rewatched the cctv yesterday. I dont even remember who i used to be. All i can say is how dare you. How dare you ruin my life and come at me with this garbage about facts and figures. How dare you. If it was your son. Your family. What would you do?” – Posted on September 23.
Back in June 2015, James was caught in a horrific accident when exiting a restaurant in Seoul. The steel frame and glass wall of the restaurant door fell on him, shattering his left shoulder and wrist. The injury would eventually lead to him pulling out of the Royal Pirates, despite his best efforts through rehab and moving from playing bass to keyboard.
He’s currently involved in a lawsuit with the restaurant involved which he has not named, presumably due to Korea’s (crazy) defamation/libel laws, whereby even if your statement is true, e.g. “This restaurant gave me food poisoning”, you can still be held civilly liable and punished.
Article 70 (Penal Provisions)
(1) A person who commits defamation of another person by disclosing a fact to the public through an information and communications network purposely to disparage his/her reputation shall be punished by imprisonment, with or without prison labor, for not more than three years, or by fine not exceeding 20 million won.
(2) A person who commits defamation of another person by disclosing a false fact to the public through an information and communications network purposely to disparage his/her reputation shall be punished by imprisonment with prison labor for not more than seven years, by suspension of qualification for not more than ten years, or by fine not exceeding 50 million won.
(3) The public prosecution may not prosecute the crime under paragraph (1) or (2) against the victim’s will explicitly manifested.
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 9119, Jun. 13, 2008]
The above is taken from the Korean Law Blog – click on the link for a more in-depth explanation.
While James has not mentioned the restaurant in questions, a fancafe has named it as Samchully Energy Chai 797, link here to the fancafe.
All the best to James, he’s been missed as a member of the Royal Pirates and we wish him the best of luck in the lawsuit.