It seems that Kim Ga-ram, a member of the group LE SSERAFIM, attended her first audition in 2018 when her school violence incident happened.
‘Weverse Magazine’, a magazine run by HYBE, recently had an interview with Kim Ga-ram. In the interview, when asked about her dream of becoming an idol, Kim Ga-ram said, “I wanted to be a singer ever since I was in kindergarten. I was really introverted when I was little, so I was way quieter than I am now, but I could feel my personality change a bit whenever I sang and danced.
She added: “I sang in a school show in kindergarten and on a karaoke machine with my family when we went to a vacation home and was outgoing and had a ton of fun instead of sitting around quietly, but only at times like those. Then my friend asked me to go to an audition together one day, and I started to actually work toward becoming a singer, beginning with that audition in 2018.”
However, according to the legal representative of the victim of Kim Ga-ram, the victim was bullied by Kim Garam and her friends sometime between late April and early May 2018, and then the School Violence Prevention Committee was established on June 4th, 2018. That means Kim Ga-ram went to her first audition the same year she received her punishment for bullying others, if the victim’s claim is true. This detail immediately caught the attention of netizens.
On the other hand, HYBE still maintains its stance on the controversies surrounding Kim Ga-ram. The company said through the latest statement: “The controversy started with the spread of false information about a member who was about to make her debut. Judging that this act of spreading false information was malicious, the company immediately began legal action, and we are still proceeding with the procedure. Even though Kim Garam was the target of a malicious attack behind anonymity online, the reason why we did not actively explain in detail was because many of those who were involved in what happened were in the first year of middle school, and they are still minors. We want to approach it cautiously.”