On the evening of October 23, the editor who was insulted by Irene posted a long letter on her Instagram.
In recent days, Kbiz’s hottest name is Irene (Red Velvet) when she was accused of insulting a stylist/editor for 20 minutes. Although Irene has apologized to the victim and the fans, there are still mixed opinions, making fans confused because they do not know who to trust. The beautiful image of Red Velvet’s leader has also collapsed in the public eye.
On the evening of October 23, the editor Kang Kook Hwa – who was insulted by Irene posted a long letter, explaining the reason, revealing many details and wishing to end the “drama”. After reading the message, the public was surprised because Irene insulted not only one but three staff, including Kang Kook Hwa.
Specifically, Kang Kook Hwa’s statement is as follows (C is Irene, company B is SM Entertainment):
“I have already received scars, and these scars won’t ever be forgotten. To uphold my dignity as a human being, I wanted to receive an apology from person C directly, and I met those responsible in company B and person C together. Leading up to yesterday’s meeting, there were some time and steps of negotiations required.
After I uploaded the first post, the reason I didn’t take any action was because I had to make a very rational and clear judgment at every moment as expected in this kind of situation. The biggest reason was that I didn’t want to create a bigger misunderstanding, and I didn’t want to feed into any baseless speculation or chaos.
Immediately after that incident, I received an apology from the company B staff that had hired me and the managers that were on site of the incident who all recognized her wrongs, so I thought I didn’t need to make any irrational decisions.”
Kang Kook Hwa revealed that not only her but Irene also insulted two more staff members:
“I have never been a stylist for C’s group, and on October 20, I was just a third party who took care of the costumes for that day’s recording. I received the invitation for this work first on October 5. Then after getting the official information on October 6, I prepared everything at the request of company B and C’s group for the next 15 days.
The reason I wrote it was my first encounter with C was that I didn’t remember having worked with C back in 2016 during a magazine photo session (I also confirmed this during our meeting yesterday).
Since it happened not only to me but also to another editor and an assistant who helped me finish my work, those two attended the meeting with me to accept C’s apology and talk to C and the person in charge of company B. The two of them were both apologized by C.”
The editor said that her purpose was not for the money, and also denied negotiating with SM. She only wanted to receive an apology.
“I initially thought there was no need to respond to careless, malicious comments from C’s fans. I still think so. I didn’t make any other moves because what I wanted, when I first thought about revealing the incident, was to make C promise not to do the same with anyone in the future and apologize to me and the two on my team that day in person. That is my ultimate goal and intention. I got an official apology yesterday and stopped everything simply because I have achieved my goal.
From the stories some have made up, there were no monetary negotiations. (I’m just waiting for the pay and fees to be cleared from the October 20, one-day schedule I worked on.) In yesterday’s meeting, the word ‘negotiation’ didn’t even ever come up. It was a meeting for an apology, not for negotiations.
I have to protect myself until the end. Since I understand, clearly there should be no reason to be attacked by crazy people. To avoid more misunderstandings, at the meeting yesterday, we asked Companies B and C to give an official apology, including admitting the wrongdoing, apologizing and promising not to do it again in the future. For me, I will also be the last person to express my opinion on the incident through this post.”
At the end of the letter, Kang Kook Hwa asked Irene’s crazy fans to stop persecuting her and stop spreading false rumours about her:
“I am just a human being. I always do my best in all roles, assigned jobs, live up to what I think I should do. I’m a mortal and sometimes make mistakes. Maybe I’m a terrible person in someone’s eyes and a good person to others, just like C. But I cannot say that this is just my matter. This was an action I took to protect the bare minimum of dignity and recover from the personal humiliation for myself and every colleague that has had the same experience as I have until now.
I will work hard and do my best to overcome these scars, then return to my place and continue my life as usual. I will not respond or take any further action regarding this incident. That is not for me, but as my last act of consideration for person C, who had come out to the meeting yesterday. Therefore if you are a fan who sincerely cares for person C, I hope you can stop crossing the line. Those words will not hurt me at all and also won’t be of any positive influence for person C either.
In the end, since the incident was quite serious, I foresaw my personal information being breached and rumours continually popping up. Although this is something I cannot prevent no matter what I do, I think it is a wise decision to stop here. I have prepared myself for this.
My message got long. From my side, I had no choice but to write this. I personally give my sincere apologies to the staff of company B for causing trouble. Lastly, I sincerely make this request to those reading this post. I hope you can stop with all the speculation posts and articles that will only end up as bigger scars and harm everyone. Thank you.”