Korean MMA fighter Song Ga Yeon is receiving psychiatric treatment after suffering a barrage of online death threats and harassment.
Korean news outlet The Fact reports that the 20-year-old rookie star has been the victim of disturbing and abusive comments dating back to even before her debut fight on August 16 (which saw her TKO Japanese rival Emi Yamamoto in just two minutes and 30 seconds).
The messages included vulgar and sexually abusive comments and even a death threat involving a chainsaw.
A twenty-something carpenter based outside Seoul — known only as “Y” for legal reasons — posted a message online last month that read, “I want to kill Song Ga Yeon. I sincerely feel the urge to commit murder. I’ll be purchasing a chainsaw soon. I’m not sure what I’ll use it for but I’ll try to not use it on you, Song Ga Yeon, if I can help it.”
On Monday, October 20, Korean MMA association Road FC filed a police report and lawsuit against “Y” for the abusive messages.
A representative for the atomweight fighter’s agency says, “She withstood all the slanderous comments like a professional so far, but now it’s just gone too far… The current circumstances are tough for a 20-year-old to handle.”
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It is believed that Song’s health has deteriorated so much that she has chosen to suspend her recent training activities.