JI SOO APOLOGISES FOR SCHOOL BULLYING, MAY BE REPLACED IN Okay-DRAMA: Okay-drama actor Ji Soo, 27, the newest South Korean superstar to be accused in a wave of bullying allegations that has rocked the business, has apologised.
In a protracted handwritten be aware posted on Instagram yesterday, he wrote: “I sincerely apologise to the individuals who suffered due to me. There isn’t any excuse for my previous misconduct. They had been issues that can’t be forgiven.”
His apology got here within the wake of allegations up to now week from three nameless sources who claimed to have been at school with him once they had been youngsters.
They’d detailed quite a few incidents of verbal and bodily abuse, and sexual harassment, with considered one of them calling him a “delinquent” who roamed the college like a “king” and saying there have been many extra alleged victims who had not spoken out.
Certainly one of his alleged targets wrote: “The phrase ‘bullying’ shouldn’t be sufficient to explain the whole lot. I used to be a sufferer of every kind of college violence like being made an outcast, violence, blackmailing, insults and abusive language.”
One other former schoolmate stated he was traumatised by his experiences, including: “After I first noticed him on TV after he debuted, I assumed he wouldn’t final lengthy, however I used to be flawed. It was actually stunning seeing his face on the primary flooring of malls, in Olive Younger (a well being and wonder chain retailer), in dramas and flicks, however most crucially, it was stunning to listen to middle-school ladies speaking about him, saying they’re his followers.”
Just a few hours after Ji Soo’s apology yesterday, filming was halted on the Okay-drama that he’s presently starring in.
River The place The Moon Rises is a interval drama and solely six out of 20 episodes have been aired thus far, though 18 episodes have reportedly been filmed already.
The manufacturing firm continues to be in discussions on whether or not to switch him, however an internet petition for his elimination has already garnered greater than 5,500 signatures yesterday, in line with South Korean leisure information portal Koreaboo.
In his apology, Ji Soo stated: “I wish to categorical my deep atonement to the individuals who should have suffered for a very long time whereas watching me go about my work as an actor and I’ll replicate on and repent my previous, which might by no means be washed away for the remainder of my life.”
He additionally addressed the solid and crew of River The place The Moon Rises. “Upon my knees, I sincerely apologise to everybody who has been harm by me.”
Nevertheless, this appeared to be too little, too late for no less than considered one of his alleged victims.
“What I would like shouldn’t be compensation or an apology. Every little thing has already occurred and I don’t want an apology about one thing that can’t be reverted. And I don’t imagine the apology can be honest,” he wrote.
Addressing Ji Soo by title, he added: “If performing is what you wish to do, do it. However maintain the title of ‘college violence perpetrator’ in entrance of your title eternally in your coronary heart. Like me, the numerous variety of individuals you bullied will always remember that reminiscence.”