Nam Joo Hyuk’s agency has released a new statement following a third round of school violence allegations against the actor, this time with alleged evidence of bullying and sexual harassment.
Last month, a person claiming to have been bullied by Nam Joo Hyuk during his school days (hereafter referred to as “the first accuser”) gave an interview to a news outlet about his alleged experience. . Nam Joo Hyuk’s Management SOOP agency strongly denied the allegations, and a few days later announced that they had filed a lawsuit against the reporter, the first accuser, and the publication in which the interview had taken place. was published for the first time.
The following week, a second individual (hereafter referred to as “the second accuser”) came forward claiming to have been the victim of school violence at the hands of the actor and his friends in high school, stating that they had decided to talk. after seeing that Nam Joo Hyuk’s agency sued the first accuser and denied their claims. SOOP management has also denied this second set of allegations.
On July 6, another outlet reported that they had obtained evidence from a third accuser — this time a woman — that Nam Joo Hyuk and his friends bullied and sexually harassed her during her senior year of high school.
The third accuser provided text messages from a KakaoTalk group chat from May 10, 2012, claiming that she was forcibly invited into the group chat against her will and bullied simply because one of Nam Joo Hyuk didn’t like him. In a form of cyberbullying known as “KakaoTalk Prison” in Korea, Nam Joo Hyuk and his friends allegedly took turns sending him hateful messages that included sexual harassment, denigrating comments about his appearance, and sexual slurs.
The outlet said that through Nam Joo Hyuk did not create the group chat, the text messages showed that he personally insulted the third accuser and joined in the conversation.
The third accuser revealed that she reported the incident to the school at the time and that the punishment for the perpetrators was mandatory community service within the school. She also said that at the time, abusers only apologized when forced to by their teacher. However, according to the third accuser, the perpetrators recently tried to apologize to her 10 years after the incident, when she wanted to tell her story.
Later that evening, Management SOOP released an official statement addressing both the new report and previous allegations from the first two accusers.
While Nam Joo Hyuk’s agency confirmed that the text messages provided by the third accuser were real, they alleged that the messages were just an out-of-context fragment of a bigger picture. The agency also confirmed that, as claimed by the third accuser, the incident ended with an apology at the school. However, they denied that Nam Joo Hyuk recently tried to apologize to her.
Explaining its decision not to provide additional explanations or context for the text messages, Management SOOP said, “Things that happened in the KakaoTalk group chat are very complicated and an extremely personal matter for people participating in the cat. As mentioned in the article itself, this is also an incident that ended with an apology at school. Therefore, we don’t think it’s fair to reveal the whole story through the media at this time.
SOOP management also reiterated its stance that the second anonymous report made by the second accuser last month was false, once again announcing that it would take legal action against the first and second accusers.
The full statement from the agency is as follows:
We are making a statement regarding the article on Nam Joo Hyuk.
First, regarding the content of the recent anonymous second report, we verified the truth from different angles through a number of channels, including, of course, the actor himself. We reiterate that we have clearly confirmed that the claims made by the second accuser are not true.
Then today’s article about messages sent in the KakaoTalk group chat didn’t reveal the full story of the situation at the time, and it only provided an excerpt from a fragment of the scene, without any context or explanation of what happened before and after [those messages]. Plus, it’s totally untrue that the actor tried to apologize to the informant.
Things that happened in the KakaoTalk group chat are very complicated and an extremely personal matter for the individuals in the chat. As mentioned in the article itself, this is also an incident that ended with an apology at school. Therefore, we don’t think it’s fair to reveal the whole story through the media at this time. The veracity of this aspect will also be clearly confirmed during the legal process. Furthermore, we express our deep regrets to the media that unilaterally published the report without verifying the truth with us.
We implore you. Even though the claims of the accusers hiding behind anonymity have not been carefully checked, and although there is no clear evidence, these claims are revealed in the media as if they were true, and people currently take as true. No matter how much our agency and the actor retaliate by stating that they are not true, because this malicious content has already been flagged as true, it is very difficult to refute the claims and prove that he is innocent. Even if his innocence is later revealed through criminal proceedings, it will be impossible to undo this current reality, and that in itself clearly means incredibly great suffering for the actor.
For this reason, our agency has determined that we have no choice but to respond strongly to both the first accuser and the second accuser in order to protect our actor’s reputation, and we plan to promptly pursue legal action. against them. We also inform you that we plan to take firm and decisive legal action against YouTubers or media who spread unconfirmed and baseless allegations or rumors.
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