Well known Youtuber Lee Jin Ho, who was a K-ent reporter before turning to his own YT channel, was the first to announce that the Actor K in the allegations posted by a woman was Kim Sun Ho. That was yesterday and today he posted a new 12-minute long video (link) providing his own explanation for a variety of issues surrounding Kim Sun Ho’s scandal – to refresh, a young woman said Actor K got her pregnant, he didn’t want the baby but she wanted the baby, so he promised to move in together and then marry her and asked that she not ruin his career, she agreed to an abortion believing that and afterwards he dumped her. It’s been over 24-hours and still Kim Sun Ho’s agency Salt Entertainment has not provided an explanation and went a whole day before announcing that it was still investigating. Kim Jin Ho explains what’s going on behind the scenes – (1) he says Salt’s statement has already tacitly admitted that Kim Sun Ho is Actor K in their “checking on the truth” statement, otherwise they would have said it’s not true, (2) but the reason Salt can’t release an explanation is because the ex-girlfriend’s identity is hugely problematic and will be a big hit on Kim Sun Ho’s career if revealed. So even if there is an explanation for her allegations, i.e. some facts are not true or accurate, it appears that simply having dated her and had sex with her is very very damaging to his Good Boy image.
Lee Jin Ho says that K-ent reporters earlier heard this rumor already, and that the ex-girlfriend’s reveal of the timing of the relationship matches what the reporters knew and heard. Now that it’s out in the open with so much damaging allegations, news publications and the 13 endorsement brands that hired Kim Sun Ho have been calling Salt nonstop to get their response but Salt is not answering their calls. He said initially Salt wanted to just say “no comment” and hope this went away, but the reporters and brands demanding explanation is putting them in a tough spot. To date, 7 brands have deleted all CFs and images of Kim Sun Ho from their official Instagram accounts. Lee Jin Ho says the fallout is especially bad as Kim Sun Ho’s been on a hot streak with landing CF campaigns and his rate went up with the success of Hometown Cha Cha Cha. That means the penalty will also be higher for breaking the morality/good image clause in those CF contracts, in the industry its now 2-3 times what he got paid. Lee Jin Ho says Salt is on the hook for nearly $12 million USD in damages if Kim Sun Ho’s reputation tanks from this scandal and that is why Salt is unable to quickly respond. Lee Jin Ho added that that the ex-girlfriend’s allegations are not 100% accurate, and if Kim Sun Ho came out and admitted to what is true and explained what is not true, and then sincerely apologizes, there is a sliver of chance for him to salvage this scandal. But not saying anything is why this is growing bigger and that’s why the CFs have dropped him within a day. Basically Lee Jin Ho’s scoop is that Salt and Kim Sun Ho are between a-rock-and-a-hard-place on this one.