Ji Soo Admits School Violence Issue, Apologizes For Past Misconduct
In light of the controversy surrounding Ji Soo, the actor broke his silence and penned a handwritten letter.
In the letter posted on his Instagram account on March 4, Ji Soo expressed remorse to the recent revelation that transpired in his middle school years.
Below is the translated version of the letter.
“I sincerely apologize to those who have suffered because of me. There is no excuse for misconduct in the past. It was an unforgivable act. As I started acting, it seems that I came to this point with undeserved attention from the public while covering up my past. However, there was always a feeling of guilt about the past in one side of my heart, and regret that it was too late to turn back always came to me with great anxiety. The dark past has always crushed me.”
He also expressed concern since he is starring in currently airing drama, River Where The Moon Rises.
“I will deeply atone for those who have suffered for a long time while seeing myself as an actor, and reflect on and regret my past. It is painful and sinful to inflict tremendous damage to the broadcasters, production crew, actors, and staff members who have kept the drama scene silently due to my personal fault. I sincerely hope that the drama will no longer be damaged by me. I sincerely apologize on my knees to everyone who has been hurt by me.”
School Violence Perpetrator Post
On March 2, a post from a popular online community declared Ji Soo as a school violence perpetrator. The author described in detail how the actor reigned at school committing all kinds of evil deeds. He confessed being harassed by Ji Soo during middle school in 2008.
When asked why he raised his story, the post author responded how he felt deeply disgusted on Ji Soo’s pretentious act that he is good. He asserted, “It is neither a reward nor an apology that I wish. There is no need to apologize for irreversible things.”
After the initial post, a slew of victims concurred to the first author’s claim. They also narrated bullying experiences they received from Ji Soo.
With the post blowing out of proportion, Ji Soo’s management company, Keyeast, released a statement on March 3 that it will proceed with proper investigation.
Keyeast said, “We would like to convey our position on the postings and related contents about Ji Soo, which is spreading around the online community. We will take this issue seriously and try our best to verify the facts. We ask for your understanding in advance that it takes time to find out the facts and relationships as time has passed since the point of time at which it was designated. First, we will receive reports by e-mail that informs you of the matter and collect it as it is without distortion. In addition, if the authors and those who raised the issue permit, we would like to hear their opinions directly.”
Promising to do their best after verifying the facts, the agency apologized for causing concern to many people. The agency also hoped that disseminating articles which continuously create and post unconfirmed parts of the content that are spreading indiscriminately to be halted.
Implication on River Where The Moon Rises
On March 3, KBS cancelled filming of River Where The Moon Rises scheduled that day. The production team made a move following the aftermath of Ji Soo’s school violence controversy.
Ji Soo is currently playing On Dal in the 20-episode series. It has aired six episodes so far and the filming is nearing completion.
“We canceled the filming scheduled for this day. We will hold a meeting related to Jisoo’s controversy over school abuse,” the production team said.
Source: Sports Donga
Photos: Keyeast | DAZED