Celebrities’ school violence scandal has swept Korea’s entertainment industry. Following Jo Byung Gyu, (G)I-DLE’s Soojin, Kim Dong Hee and Park Hye Soo, I.O.I’s Kim Sohye and Seventeen’s Mingyu have also been pegged as school perpetrators.
On Feb 22, Kim Sohye‘s alleged school violence was surfaced once again through online communities. Netizen A explained that she was not the victim but insisted that “the actions and words I saw and heard in person are overflowing. In her post, A claimed that the school’s back gate was shut because she and her boyfriend used it to come and go at their free will and that she grabbed her friend (who is the victim) by her hair and kneeled her down to beat her up.
Later in the day, the artist’s agency S&P Entertainment firmly stated, “We’ve checked with the artist herself, and none of the claims are true.” They continued, “In the past, such false claims have been made and we’ve reported it to the police and received an apology. It is absurd that suspicions were raised in the same way after we showed our leniency at the time.” According to the statement, the agency will report this matter to the police and take firm actions this time.
Kim Sohye was previously embroiled in allegations of school violence in 2017, but the agency countered that everything was false and later received an apology from the netizen who made the claims.
And today, another idol was caught up with school violence scandal. A post titled “I expose the truth about Se*******’s member Kim X Gyu” went viral on online communities. Though the post was deleted, his claims were spread through social media.
The writer, who claimed himself to be Mingyu’s middle school classmate, asserted that the idol used to be a school bully. He stated, “A (Mingyu) used to be one of the school bullies. When I was in the 7th grade, I was verbally and physically assaulted by a group of delinquents. And A threw the cap of a coke bottle at me from about four to five meters (13 to 16 ft) away and burst into laughter.”
After the claims sparked school violence controversy, Mingyu’s label Pledis Entertainment stated, “We’ve checked with the artist himself and we’ve learned that all the claims are groundless and false. We don’t understand who is making such claims with what sorts of intentions.”