Ji Soo denies sexual harassment rumors in Instagram post, seeks legal action against accusers
Ji Soo claims, 'there were also false comments that I committed sexual assault, and when these posts became issues, the person who posted them first contacted me and apologized'
Actor Ji Soo has come forward to strongly deny the sexual harassment allegations against him. This was after he gave an 'unconditional' handwritten apology in March with regard to his school violence allegations. The actor, who kept his silence to 'reflect' on his actions, will now be taking legal actions against those who have accused him of sexual harassment. According to the bold statement by the 28-year-old actor's legal representative, the perpetrators have shared reportedly false, far-fetched sexual harassment accusations against Ji Soo.
Ji Soo has also uploaded his own stance in an Instagram post sharing his reasons for staying silent all this time. The legal statement also explains Ji Soo's position clearly noting, "Right after Ji Soo's school violence allegations came up, he immediately responded with an apology, which was uploaded onto his public social media page. He also reached out to each individual involved in order to apologize for his past actions. In light of these events, there have also been many rumors going around, which are far from the truth. Ji Soo did not initially respond to these false rumors because he wanted to focus on reflecting."
Ji Soo denies allegations
In his Instagram post, Ji Soo opens up about staying mum for three months explaining why he chose to not deny the sexual harassment allegations which are 'false rumors' right away. He wrote, "About two months ago, numerous posts and comments raising suspicions about me were posted on anonymous community sites, and many posts including the first post and media reports contained numerous, exaggerated and distorted stories and obvious false facts. I quickly apologized without any excuses in order not to damage the people who were hurt and the work I was appearing in, and I sincerely apologized and received forgiveness from those who contacted me."
'The person who posted false rumors apologized'
Speaking further on the issue, the 'Angry Mom' star wrote, "there were also false comments that I committed sexual assault, and when these posts became issues, the person who posted them first contacted me and apologized that the comments were not true and that the wrong contents became an issue. There was also a case of requesting correction and deletion of their own comments." He added, "However, there are still numerous articles including false facts in various anonymous communities, and some authors have made issues of obvious false facts, such as that I forced sexual behavior on the same sex or that I watched a video of sex with another person. I deleted the comment and even went to sleep. I have had time to concentrate on my reflection on my past with the belief that someday the truth will be revealed, but while I am silent for reflection, the false contents are accepted as if they are true. I decided to do it."
Legal procedure to reclaim truth
The actor wrote that he stayed silent hoping that someday the truth will prevail but with time passing, the false rumors continue to be taken as facts. This is why he started legal actions to inform the world of the truth. He wrote, "In a situation where obvious false facts and distorted stories without any substance are accepted as true, even [by] those who believe me until the end, I started a legal response to inform the truth before it was too late." He went on to clarify, "I was aware of the fact that the postings were false immediately after they were posted, but due to controversy about me, I did not want to put any more pressure on the drama being broadcast, so the complaint was held after the drama's end."
Explaining his position, he wrote, "Currently, the investigation is underway with charges against those who have posted and spread false facts, and will continue to actively respond to those who spread false information and those who indiscriminately write malicious posts or comments." He concluded saying, "However, apart from these legal responses, I will continue to reflect on my past and strive to become a better person. I once again apologize for causing concern to many people because of me."
Ji Soo's legal representative stated, "In order to set the truth straight, Ji Soo has decided to take legal action against these false rumors for defamation, and the legal proceedings are currently in progress."