Where is Maple Yip Now? – “In the Name of God” is a Netflix documentary that explores the rise and fall of a cult leader in Korea. The show is directed by Park Sang-woo and produced by Yoon Seo-hyun, with an ensemble cast led by actors Kim Jae-Kyung, Kim Yoon-Seo, and Cha Ji-Yeon.
The story is based on the real-life events surrounding the rise and fall of Jeong Myeong-Seok, a cult leader who was convicted of sexual abuse and fraud. One of his victims, Maple Yip (Jeong Soo-Jeong), serves as a consultant on the show and shares her personal experience to help bring authenticity to the story.
The show delves into the psychological and emotional manipulation that cult leaders use to control their followers, as well as the devastating impact it has on those affected. With a good amount of perplexity and burstiness in its narrative, “In the Name of God” offers a thought-provoking exploration of power, morality, and the human psyche.
Who is Maple Yip?
Maple Yip, also known as Jeong Soo-Jeong, is a former member of the cult led by Jeong Myeong-Seok, who was convicted of multiple counts of rape and sexual assault in 2009. Maple Yip was one of the victims of Jeong Myeong-seok’s abuse, and her testimony played a crucial role in his conviction.
Maple Yip joined the group when she was in her early twenties and worked as a church secretary. She eventually became a close aide to Jeong Myeong-Seok and witnessed first-hand the sexual abuse and manipulation that he inflicted on his followers.
During her time in the cult, Maple Yip herself was subjected to sexual abuse and manipulation by Jeong Myeong-Seok. She has spoken publicly about the trauma she experienced as a result of her involvement with the group and has been an advocate for cult victims and survivors.
Maple Yip has spoken out about her traumatic experience at the hands of Jeong Myeong-Seok, the leader of the cult she joined in her early twenties. Yip recounted how she was called to Myeong-seok’s room one day, where he forcefully touched her private parts and harassed her. Despite her confusion, she tried to seek help from one of the handlers, who told her she was chosen by the Lord and should feel grateful. The pattern allegedly continued, with Myeong-Seok sexually assaulting Yip multiple times.
In an attempt to assimilate into the process and follow the doctrine she was taught, Yip even acted as an enabler when the same thing happened to others, believing Myeong-Seok to be the Messiah. This had led her to harm herself on numerous occasions, as she believed her unhappiness with the situation was wrong.
Eventually, prompted by another victim, Yip decided to leave. She told the people in JMS that she wanted to meet her parents, whom she hadn’t seen in over a year. However, just before leaving, Myeong-Seok allegedly visited her and assaulted her multiple times, despite her having been vaccinated earlier in the day and running a fever. Fortunately, Yip had recorded the audio of this particular incident and shared it with the authorities and the public.
Where is Maple Yip Today?
Maple Yip made a difficult decision to speak out about Jeong Myeong-Seok’s actions after escaping from his cult. Her story is featured in the Netflix documentary, which was released in March 2022 when she was 28 years old. While appearing in the show, she was shadowed by individuals she believed to be members of JMS, who were attempting to silence her. Despite being unwell with a stomach illness, Maple bravely attended a press conference in Korea on March 16, 2022, to share her story and expose the cult leader’s crimes.
Her statement played a vital role in building a case against Jeong Myeong-Seok, who was arrested in October 2022 and is currently awaiting trial. Maple faced criticism from the remaining members of the cult for her testimony, but her father was proud of her actions, bringing her immense joy.
Currently, Maple has found comfort in the art of drawing, a talent she discovered after leaving the cult. This medium allows her to express her emotions and thoughts. In the latest news, she has been romantically linked with Alex Fong, a former Olympic swimmer turned actor based in Hong Kong, but neither of them has confirmed the relationship.