With so many bullying from school and idol group allegations lobbed against younger K-stars in the recent month, which I chalk up to when there is finally a crack then the dam breaks. All it takes is one brave person to speak the truth for the others who have suffered bullying and/or assault in the past the courage to speak up now knowing the media scrutiny is on it so less likely to be swept under the rug. Actor Ji Soo was accused first by one classmate of intense bullying during their middle school days, followed up with additional allegations of sexual assault that would be criminal if true and he were an adult and could be charged as such. His agency KeyEast Entertainment announced it would investigate immediately but less than a day later Ji Soo posted a handwritten letter on his Instagram page admitting his guilt and offering his apology. It’s quite raw and he doesn’t make any excuses, and in fact discussed how he’s tried to bury that past as he became an actor and felt the guilt of it in his life. His career is basically over but since he’s the male lead in currently airing K-drama River Where the Moon Rises attention now turned to what will happen. Will KBS pull the drama entirely? Pause it for recasting his male lead Ondal and re-shooting? Rewrite the second half to kill Ondal off and make Go Geun or even some new male character the love interest? I feel terrible for Ji Soo’s victims, they are first and foremost the most impacted by what happened and my hope is they can start to heal and move on having Ji Soo accept his full guilt and admit it publicly and paying his penance.
I sincerely apologize to those who suffered from my actions.
About the past misbehavior
There is no excuse.
Those were actions that could not be forgiven.
As I started acting, I covered my past
Receiving undeserved attention from the public
I think I’ve come this far.
But in the heart of the past
There was always a feeling of guilt
It’s too late to turn back regrets
It always came to me with great anxiety.
The dark past has always crushed me.
Seeing myself acting as an actor
I deeply atone for those who have suffered for a long time,
I will reflect on and regret my past, which I will not be able to wash my whole life.
Because of one individual’s great fault I apologize to
Broadcasters, production crew, actors, and drama scenes
Because of me, I sincerely hope that the drama does have any further impact
To all those who have been hurt by me
On my knees, I sincerely apologize.