Scandals revolving around Korean stars have been very common. Being such a perfectionist nation, there are times when they need to halt any activities related to their careers as celebrities. Some for good reasons as well.
This includes being pulled out of their own Korean drama TV shows. There are multiple K-actors that have been met with this predicament. Here are a few of them:
Jung Joon-Won (정준원)
16-year-old actor Jung Joon-Won was caught drinking and smoking even though he was underage. This took place during his drama “The World of the Married” (부부의 세계) when it was still airing. When photos were circulating online of him engaging in these activities with friends, he was forcefully removed from the drama, even though there were only two episodes left.
Go Hyun-Jung (고현정)
In 2018, Actress Go Hyun-Jung was cut from her K-drama “Return” due to her beef with the director of the series. It was going smoothly right until the 14th episode. According to the drama staff and crew, they refused to continue filming “Return” (리턴) due to the actress assaulting the director. Her role as Choi Ja-Hye was then replaced with Park Jin-Hee (박진희) immediately.
Yoon Tae-Young (윤태영)
Actor Yoon Tae-young was caught in an accident while driving under the influence in 2018. He collided with a car that stopped in front of him at a red light. Tae-Young was supposed to star in his upcoming K-drama “100 Days My Prince” (백일의 낭군님) but was dropped from the project due to the drunk-driving incident.
Han Ji-Sun (한지선)
Back in September 2018, 26-year-old actress, Han Ji-Sun was dropped from “The Secret Life of My Secretary” (초면에 사랑합니다) due to physical assault by hitting a taxi driver with a thermos while she was drunk. At the police station, she continued to be vicious and even slapped a police officer who escorted the actress to the station and bit another officer in the arm.
As a result, Ji-Sun was fined ₩5 million (RM18,195.84) and given probation for a year for obstruction of justice. Hence, she was also dropped from her drama to reflect on her mannerism.
Kang Ji-Hwan (강지환)
“Joseon Survival” (조선생존기) lead actor Kang Ji-Hwan was arrested on 9th July 2019 after the actor was accused of sexually assaulting and raping two female employees from his agency. It was alleged that Ji-Hwan committed the crime in his home after a company dinner when the women had fallen asleep. “Joseon Survival” had to be canceled without airing any reruns as well, and they had considered replacing Ji-Hwan with somebody else.
Ahn Seo-Hyun (안서현)
Ahn Seo-Hyun’s case was an unfortunate one. In May 2019, she was cast as the female lead role for “School 2021” (학교 2021). However, she was removed from the cast entirely. According to the producers of the drama, Seo-Hyun was dropped due to her father’s extreme demands and spread of false information. As a result, she was replaced with actress Kim Sae-Ron (김새론).
Choi Jae-Hyun (조재현)
55-year-old actor Choi Jae-Hyun was also involved in a sexual assault case and was dropped from his drama “Cross” (크로스) in 2018. Actress Choi-Yul posted on her Instagram exposing the actor as a pervert. According to the actress, this all took place in her early 20s in 2013. Jae-Hyun even admitted to the allegations and was subsequently demoted as a professor at Kyungsung University.
Han Ye-Seul (한예슬)
In 2011, actress Han Ye-Seul was temporarily absent from her drama “Spy Myung-Wol” (스파이 명월). Apparently, Ye-Seul didn’t show up for filming and caused panic amongst crew members. They had to hold off episodes 11 and 12 due to Ye-Seul’s absence on set. She had apparently gone to visit her parents in Los Angeles. She eventually did come back to Korea and continued the shooting but was met with backlash as she was accused of lacking responsibility towards her career. Ye-Seul halted her activities not long after due to the toxicity in the K-drama industry.
Lee Seo-Won (이서원)
Former 24-year-old Leo Seo-Won was still considered a rookie actor back in 2018. Things didn’t look good for him as the actor was removed from “About Time” (멈추고 싶은 순간) and even “Music Bank” (뮤직뱅크) after admitting to sexual harassment. He revealed to have sexually harassed a female celebrity while he was drunk. To this day, he’s never been in any role or hosting position.
Kim Ji-Soo (김지수)
The most recent infamous case involves actor Kim Ji-Soo, who was just removed from his role in “River Where the Moon Rises” (달이 뜨는 강) due to bullying allegations and sexual harassment. He eventually admitted to those claims and apologised for his actions, and was condemned by many of his fans. Unsurprisingly, his role was replaced with actor Na In-Woo (나종찬).
Are you still a fan despite their respective scandals?