Korean actor Nam Joo-hyuk's denies school bullying allegations


Posted at Jun 21 2022 11:40 AM


The talent agency of South Korean star Nam Joo-hyuk has denied reports that the actor was once a school bully.

The statement came after an anonymous source who allegedly attended the same middle and high school as Nam told media that he was a victim of the actor's bullying. 

According to Nam's management SOOP, they confirmed that there was no truth to the article and will request for a correction report from the Press Arbitration Commission. The agency will also file criminal charges against the reporter of the media outlet that first reported the claims and the anonymous source.

Below is the full statement of the management SOOP as translated by Korean entertainment site Soompi:

"Hello. This is Management SOOP. We are informing you of our official stance regarding the article on actor Nam Joo Hyuk. First, we ask for your understanding in the delay in announcing our position in order to confirm the facts. After checking the truth with the actor regarding the initial report, we have confirmed that all the relevant information is not true in the slightest. We also express our regret at the one-sided report from the media that did not check the truth even once with the agency or the actor before publishing the article. The agency will promptly request a correction report from the Press Arbitration Commission (PAC) against the media outlet responsible for seriously damaging the actor’s reputation through false reports. Furthermore, we will file criminal charges against the reporter of the media outlet that first reported [the claims] as well as the anonymous source. The agency has requested this case to our legal advisor today in order to proceed with legal actions, and we are in the process of carrying them out," the statement read.

"The actor and his family are the ones who experienced td greatest pain due to the vague gossip and rumors that are thoughtless and not confirmed in the slightest. No matter how the agency or actor reveal an official statement denying the reckless articles that take on an attitude of 'whatever if it is false' and do not even check the truth and only rely on groundless rumors online, the current state leads to [the actor] being branded with a scarlet letter, which the agency really cannot help but feel distressed and regrettable about. After this time, the agency will take severe legal action against publishing one-sided claims without checking the truth online (via social media and YouTube). We will also respond strongly through punishment without leniency against malicious over-analyzations and interpretations, actions that encourage this, and malicious posts and comments that go beyond mere expression of opinions. We will also take legal action with the reference materials we have already collected through our monitoring. We earnestly request that you please refrain from spreading groundless rumors or making speculative reports. With continuous monitoring, we will respond sternly through various angles. Thank you," it added.

Nam starred in hit Korean dramas like "Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-joo" "The Bride of Habaek," and the 2022 series “Twenty-Five Twenty-One.”