A netizen claiming to be an acquaintance of actor Kim Seon-ho refuted allegations regarding Kim Seon-ho fans’ public opinion manipulation.
Earlier on the morning of Oct 21st, in the Nate comment section, an argument broke out about how a “public opinion manipulation plan is taking place in Kim Seon-ho‘s fan group chat.” In the photo released along with this, someone was talking in a group chat about “an influencer whose relative is a famous actor. Her family and Kim Seon-ho’s have met. They were dating on the premise of marriage. His ex-girlfriend is rich enough to live alone in an 8.5 billion won worth Galleria Foret worth apartment, but his current girlfriend is much richer than the ex-girlfriend. His disappearance for 3 days was to soothe his current girlfriend”.
Members of that group chat then told each other to spread that information online, and when one user asked, “Is it okay to spread false information?” they replied, “It is more important to change the public opinion.” In response, later that day, a netizen claiming to be an acquaintance of Kim Seon-ho refuted through their SNS account, saying, “Someone has maliciously created that rumor and framed his fans for doing it.”
“According to the evidence which is the chat log presented by the person who accused fans of spreading false rumors, the time of the order to spread the rumor was 2 a.m. on Oct 21st,” they said. “But rumors related to Kim Seon-ho’s current girlfriend have spread since the evening of Oct 20th.” They added, “The time doesn’t match, does it? When I pointed out this part, that person immediately deleted their comment (which accused fans of manipulating public opinion).”
Earlier on October 17th, Kim Seon-ho became the center of attention when he was exposed on an online community. A, who claimed to be the rising actor K’s ex-girlfriend, said, “I started dating K earlier last year and was pregnant with his child in July of the same year. With the reason that he would have to pay advertising penalties, he urged me to get an abortion under the pretense of marriage.” After that, Youtuber Lee Jin-ho and other netizens pointed out that actor K is Kim Seon-ho. In the end, on October 20th, Kim Seon-ho admitted to the relationship with A and apologized, “I met her with good feelings. In the process, I hurt her with my careless and inconsiderate actions.”
After that, A uploaded an additional post, saying, “I’m sorry that my post seems to have unintentionally caused damages to many people. There was a time when we truly loved each other. I also felt bad seeing him collapse in just a moment due to my article. I already received an apology from him, and I think there were some misunderstandings between us.” She also said, “I hope contents that are not true or altered and exaggerated stories about him and I will not be spread anymore. I felt burdened because this incident seems to have caused great damage to many people.”. In addition, A’s side also announced that they would take legal actions against those who spread A’s personal information online.
Meanwhile, after the controversy over Kim Seon-ho’s private life broke out, the advertising and broadcasting industries have quickly reacted to the situation.