[Reporter Se-yeon Park, Daily Economy Star Today]
While actor Cho Byung-kyu hinted at a strong legal response to allegations of school violence, additional revelations were raised that he bullied his classmates in elementary school. However, at a similar time, the first discloser was found to have apologized to Cho Byung-kyu, saying, “It was a false revelation.” The truth of the allegations surrounding Cho Byung-kyu is in the fog.
On the afternoon of the 17th, an article was posted on an online community saying, “I am a victim of school violence.” Unlike the article that made headlines in the morning of the day, the writer was a year junior who graduated from the same elementary school as Cho Byung-kyu, and opened the article by certifying a picture of Cho Byung-kyu in his yearbook.
The writer said, “I lived in the same neighborhood when Cho Byung-kyu was in elementary and middle school before he went abroad to study, and Cho Byung-kyu was also famous for his so-called “Iljin”, or bad student who bullied his schoolmates, even in elementary and middle school. But I don’t know the details, so I’ll tell you what I’ve been hit by myself.”
According to the writer, when Cho Byung-kyu was in the lower grades of elementary school, he blocked the writer who was riding a bicycle and asked him to borrow it, and when the writer did not respond, he fired a BB gun. The writer claimed that he took the soccer ball and forced it to take his seat, and that there were many abusive language and habitual assaults.
The writer said his older sister, who was in the same class as Cho Byung-kyu, was also bullied by Cho Byung-kyu, adding, “I want to see if I can escape even if I see her face-to-face.” He added, “I hope the party will end up apologizing, but if it goes to a legal battle, I will go.”
Suspicions of Cho Byung-kyu’s school violence were raised once when he rose to stardom with JTBC’s “Sky Castle” in 2018, but it was raised again when an article titled “Victim of Cho Byung-kyu School Violence” was posted on an online community on the 16th. The writer, who said he went to the same high school in New Zealand with Cho Byung-kyu, claimed that he and other students swore around him when he did not answer back to Cho Byung-kyu for talking to him in a quarreling tone.
However, HB Entertainment, Cho Byung-kyu’s agency, said, “We have officially requested a police investigation to hold actor Cho Byung-kyu responsible for the indiscriminate malicious comments and false information posted through the online community.
Cho Byung-kyu’s agency said, “Right after we requested a complaint and investigation to seek punishment for illegal acts against his actor this morning on February 17th, the author of the false posting contacted us.” The false post writer turned himself in and admitted that his writing was false, regretted his wrongdoing and misconduct, and appealed for leniency in apologizing. In response, the company confirmed the authenticity of the author and confirmed that the author deleted the false post himself.”
“In the beginning, we were strongly responding to misconduct against our actors, but considering that the author reflected on his mistakes and expressed his intention to seek leniency, we were assured not to commit any wrongdoing again,” he said. “However, we strongly stressed that the actor’s rights will not be violated.”
Although the initial allegations of school violence were found to be false, the netizens’ eyes surrounding Cho Byung-kyu’s alleged school violence are still half-confident as additional revelations have been raised.
Cho Byung-kyu has become a trend as he plays the main character in OCN’s “Amazing Rumors,” which recently ended. What do you do when you play on MBC?Rumors have been raised that he is going to appear on a new entertainment program on KBS with Yoo Jae-seok, and he is in a difficult situation.
<Next up is HB Entertainment’s additional official admission>
Hello, This is HB Entertainment.
Regarding malicious comments and defamation of false information against actor Cho Byung-kyu, we would like to give you the following official position.
The author of the false post contacted us shortly after we requested a complaint and investigation to seek punishment for misconduct against the actor in the morning of February 17th. The false posting author turned himself in and admitted that his writing was false, regretted his wrongdoing and misconduct, and appealed for leniency in apologizing. In response, we checked the authenticity of the author and confirmed that the author deleted the false posts himself.
Originally, we were conducting all possible legal procedures in response to misconduct against our actors, but considering that the author of the false posting reflected on his mistakes and expressed his intention to seek leniency, we were assured that we would not commit the illegal act again. However, in the event of similar cases or other circumstances that add to the damage to the actor, we will do our best not to violate the rights and interests of the actor.
We would also like to inform you that we will continue to seek criminal punishment against all artists, including our other actors, by strongly responding to acts that harm or harm others in a manner other than those that do so.
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