Welcome to the weird and wild world of South Korean consumer electronics giants. While Apple and Samsung’s court battles are certainly the most widely publicized, LG now finds itself in Samsung’s sights for an entirely different reason: According to Samsung’s allegations, LG executive Jo Seong-Jin, and two other LG employees intentionally damaged a Samsung washing machine in a German store.
The evidence supporting Samsung’s case was compelling enough that an indictment has been issued, and now some of the most damning evidence may have come to light. LG on Monday released some video evidence it claims exonerates Jo, however Samsung says that the evidence has been tampered with.
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Samsung and LG are local rivals in South Korea, and there has been plenty of tension between the two companies over the years. That tension took an interesting turn recently when Samsung alleged that the head of LG’s home appliances division intentionally damaged Samsung washing machines on display in a store in Germany.
The accusations seemed odd at best, but now things have taken an interesting turn. LG’s Jo Seong-Jin has been hit with an indictment, as Reuters reports, and some compelling evidence has been released to the public.
LG released the edited and annotated video, which it says shows Jo simply performing some routine tests on one of the washing machines in question. According to a Samsung statement, however, the video has been “arbitrarily edited,” and the unedited version shows evidence of wrongdoing.
“The prosecution has already sufficiently examined the entire video, not the edited version, and has determined that there is enough suspicion of willfully damaging, so we have decided that just because LG Electronics posted a video it would be inappropriate for us to release the entire video as tit-for-tat,” Samsung said in the statement.
The video released by LG is embedded below.