If you’ve been keeping track with the latest happenings in the Hallyu world, there have been numerous school bullying allegations involving K-pop idols over the past few days,
Most recently, Stray Kids member Hyunjin (현진) and also Sunwoo (선우) from the group THE BOYZ have been called out over their alleged past behaviour.
Earlier this week, an anonymous netizen shared a post on an online community, accusing the “God’s Menu” singer of assaulting him back during his school days. In the post, the alleged victim stated that they never thought that Hyunjin would ever become a public figure, so they didn’t collect any evidence.
However, the victim revealed that they have the “certification that they attended the same school” and also some friends’ testimonies. They then claimed that the 20-year-old idol would make sexual harassing remarks, dissing fellow schoolmates’ families, among other horrific acts.
Hyunjin’s label, JYP Entertainment initially stated that they were checking on the matter. However, not long after that, they relayed a full statement to shut down the circulating reports. The agency stated:
“We are doing our best to confirm the facts regarding the issue. At the time when the issue was raised, we asked for the opinions of those who went to the same school as the idol in question. If the acquaintances gave us the permission, we plan on listening to their opinions directly.
It has been confirmed that there are many discrepancies in the circulating allegations. After we confirmed this, we have concluded that this rumour was spread with malicious intent. We will be taking legal action against the culprit(s). Our company will do its best to find out the truth, as well as protect our artists.”
In related news about idols’ alleged school violence scandal, THE BOYZ’s rapper Sunwoo got into a tricky situation after someone accused him of perpetrating school violence, sexual harassment and dating violence. The netizen also shared a picture of their school graduation to prove that they were from the same learning institute.
The accuser claimed in the post that Sunwoo went around making sex jokes and insulting others’ families. They then dished that he had abused his girlfriend during their first year in middle school. According to the netizen, “She (the GF) would come to school with bruises on her body.”
“You didn’t attend classes and went to smoke outside of the school grounds, and you guys gathered to drink whenever you guys felt like it and made dirty jokes that I can’t even say it. Is it not considered school violence just because you didn’t use any physical force?” the original poster continued.
The accusation didn’t stop there, guys! The netizens then added, “Just because you search up posts on your controversies one by one and delete them, it doesn’t erase the fact that you smoked in our school corners, the way you acted in violence, the way you sexually harassed us, sexually assaulted us. Just go away.”
In response, the entertainment company to the 11-member boy group, Cre.Ker Entertainment, came forth to deny all the claims surrounding Sunwoo. Having said that, they stated that they will continue to investigate the matter and will take legal action against the spreading of such false information.
With all the countless of bullying accusations involving K-pop stars that were brought to light recently, we couldn’t help but to wonder, “Who will become the next target?”. Hopefully these issues can be resolved soon.