Kim Wooseok is a talented guy with gorgeous visual, but he has got himself into many negative rumours in the past.
Accused of sexually harrassing Somi
“Produce X 101” has finished 2/3 of its journey, and names of the most popular trainees have already appeared. In the latest episode, Kim Wooseok was the most voted trainee. This UP10TION member’s debut chance is almost sure now due to his huge fanbase and having both visual and talent. However, not many people know that before blowing up thanks to the famous survival show, Kim Wooseok used to be cursed at and bashed by antifans after his scandal of touching Somi’s chest.
In 2016, Kim Wooseok and Somi were hosts for “The Show” of SBS. In a backstage video, Kim Wooseok was accused of harrassing his female companion by intentionally waving his hand to touch Somi’s chest. At that time, Somi was only 15. Even though the show producer and his agency has denied, the UP10TION member is still heavily criticized, netizens asked for a change of the hosts and even called him “pedophile”.
However, most netizens opposed to the accusation and assured that it was unintentional because Somi was bowing down to get into the frame and Wooseok didn’t notice his behind. The video was publicly posted on Twitter, and it’s highly impossible that Wooseok dared to do such a thing to Somi in front of the camera. “The Show” representatives and Somi has also stood up for Wooseok and explained that this was only a misunderstanding.
In a livestream after the incident, Wooseok was attacked by manynegative and malicious comments, and he kept his head down through out the livestream. He had had to went on hiatus for some time to take care of his mental state.
Violence actions towards his teammates
The rumours still continued to follow Kim Wooseok’s footsteps. When he was just barely famous thanks to Produce X 101, his past was brought up once again. An user on theqoo has made a compilation of this male idol’s actions and came to a conclusion that he has a tendency of acting violently towards his teammates.
During a livestream, Kim Wooseok seemed to have intended to used a water bottle to hit someone and one of his member had to stand up to stop him. He is usually very rough, even grabbed the collar of a member once with a very scary expression. The other members also seemed to be very awkward seeing Kim Wooseok’s violence tendency.
Some netizens agreed that the rough treatment and scary expression of Kim Wooseok wasn’t a joke. However, fans disagreed with this and said that it was just how the members joked with each other.
Got noticed thanks to Produce X 101
Ever since the few first episodes of Produce X 101, Kim Wooseok’s visual has been a hot topic among netizens. He was in the top 3 visuals picked by other trainees. Thanks to his experience, Kim Wooseok knows how to control the stage which makes him stands out among other trainees.
At the 2nd Elimination, Kim Wooseok has received more than 1,72 million votes which ranked him #1. Many are calling him “the 2nd Hwang Minhyun” because he was also a flopped idol but blows up thanks to the Mnet survial show. Kim Wooseok is proving that he can still shine despite all the baseless scandals if he is talented, hard-working and knows when to grab his chance.