Thanks to Netflix’s “The Glory”, the stars who perpetrated school violence in the past are constantly being mentioned. In particular, the past of actor Ji Soo and YouTuber Haneul has been re-examined.
In March 2021, a netizen surprised many people by revealing on an online community, “Actor Ji Soo is a school violence perpetrator. Kim Ji Soo is on TV, pretending to be nice with that signature smile of his, but he is nothing more than a school violence perpetrator, a gangster and a bully.” This person stressed that Kim Ji Soo and his group of other delinquent friends committed more wrongdoings than everyone can imagine, including beating, insulting, stomping…
Several netizens sympathized with this person’s revelation by leaving comments that they were also bullied by Ji Soo. As the controversy grew, Ji Soo posted on his personal SNS, “I would like to sincerely apologize to those who were hurt by me. I have absolutely no room for excuses for my actions in the past. They were unforgivable. I now beg forgiveness to those who were undoubtedly deeply hurt for a long time, seeing me acting, and I will reflect on the unforgivable actions of my past and repent.“
However, 4 months later, in July 2021, Ji Soo’s legal representative announced, “Our client has sued the initial accuser and the writers of other posts and comments regarding school violence for defamation. Recently, the court judged that there was enough reason to believe in the falsity of the posts and the damage suffered by our client, which led to a search and seizure warrant to be issued for the purpose of identifying the writers behind the school violence accusation posts. We inform you that the related investigation is currently ongoing.“
As “The Glory” gained explosive syndrome-level popularity, Ji Soo’s case became the talk of netizens again. The public’s question marks poured into his legal action’s result.
On Jan 17th, lawyer Kim Ga Ram of the law firm Jihyuck told OSEN, “Earlier, Ji Soo sued our client for violating the Act on encouragement of use of information network system and information protection (defamation). Our client was not indicted. Regarding the reason for the non-prosecution, it is accurately stated that the comments written by our client cannot be considered false information.“
YouTuber Haneul even closed her SNS because of “The Glory” (?). In 2020, suspicions arose that Haneul “power-trip” the employees of the underwear brand she operated, and it was even revealed that she was a perpetrator of school violence in the past. Afterwards, she apologized, “I am really ashamed of myself for my immature behavior when I was young. I want to apologize to everyone who was hurt by my actions and words during my childhood. It may be hard for them, but I want to meet people who have been hurt by me in person and sincerely apologize.“
However, Haneul has been more active in business since then. In October last year, she held a luxurious wedding with a businessman and received congratulations from many celebrities. Recently, several netizens claimed that they were blocked by Haneul after mentioning “The Glory” during one of her live broadcasts, causing a stir online once again.
These days must be uncomfortable days for stars who committed school violence.