Actor Lee Ji Hoon made his official apology for the abuse of power controversy.
On May 31st, Lee Ji Hoon attended the press conference for the movie “Close Relationship” held at Lotte Cinema Konkuk University Entrance in Gwangjin-gu, Seoul. Before the event began, he bowed his head and said, “I’m very nervous because this is my first time appearing in public after causing concern and inconvenience with my personal matters. I’ve learned a lot from that experience, and I would like to apologize for the incident.”
Lee Ji Hoon sparked controversy over abuse of power during the filming of the drama “Sponsor” last year. In particular, a production staff member claimed that Lee Ji Hoon showed abuse of power behaviors on the set, resulting in the replacement of half the writers and staff due to his impact. At that time, Lee Ji Hoon’s side denied the claim, causing a public debate to arise.
Later, misunderstandings were reportedly solved through conversations and the controversy seemed to have come to an end. However, the fact that Lee Ji Hoon was absent from the drama’s press conference despite being the lead actor indicated that his conflict with the production staff had not been fully resolved.
The recent press conference marked Lee Ji Hoon’s first appearance in public since the scandal arose. The actor acknowledged his mistakes and bowed his head to deliver his apology in front of the media.
“Close Relationship” is Lee Ji Hoon’s first movie comeback two years after the controversy and also his first leading role in a movie.
Introducing his character, Lee Ji Hoon said, “I play the role of Lee Seung Jin in ‘Close Relationship’. Seung Jin has similar stories to what young people are facing these days. This friend dreams of becoming a singer but lacks talent and can only rely on his hard-working attitude. He comes to a shabby house to prepare for his final audition and pursue his dream.”