SBS News reported on March 11 that one of the singers is Jung Joon Young. Another member of the chatroom was labeled in the report as “Singer Yong.” This is not a common family name in Korea. There has been some speculation online that the singer is Yong Junhyung of Highlight.
On the evening of March 11, his agency Around Us Entertainment stated, “We have confirmed that it is not Yong Junhyung. It is a groundless rumor.”
Now, Around Us Entertainment has further clarified the situation in a statement. The agency stated that the message from “Singer Yong” shown on SBS “8 O’Clock News” as part of the report was from a one-on-one conversation between Yong Junhyung and Jung Joon Young from 2016, and clarified that the Highlight member has never been in a group chat with Jung Joon Young.
"Hello, this is Around Us Ent.
We are writing in regards to the news of the reveal of singer Jung Joon Young’s KakaoTalk chatroom, which was reported on SBS’s ‘8 O’Clock News’ on March 11, 2019. We are aware that people are saying that Highlight member Yong Junhyung is the ‘Singer Yong’ that is shown in the contents of the conversation from the group chatroom with illegal hidden camera footage that was revealed on the news.
Yong Junhyung has no connection to the filming or sharing of illegal videos. Also, Yong Junhyung has never been in a chatroom where Jung Joon Young’s illegal hidden camera videos were shared. In addition to that, we have confirmed that he has never been in any group chatroom at all with Jung Joon Young. We directly confirmed with Yong Junhyung after the news report and found out that conversation that was shared in the news was originally the content of a one-on-one conversation between Jung Joon Young and Yong Junhyung. Previously in 2016 when Jung Joon Young was having a hard time due to a personal matter, Yong Junhyung asked him what was happening. Jung Joon Young replied ‘I got caught taking a video and sending it [the message included symbols for laughter],” and [Yong Junhyung] asked in return, ‘You mean you were caught by the woman?’ In regards to the simulated group chatroom screenshot that was shared in the news, we plan to verify with SBS News about the aut
Of course, it is true that he is a friend of Jung Joon Young, however being caught up in this matter for the simple reason of them being friends has made Yong Junhyung and everyone who knows him feel aggrieved. We will be taking strict legal action in cases of the damaging of our artist’s reputation through the continued spread of false information and malicious posts or comments.
We hope that the fans, who must have been very surprised by the sudden news during the evening, are quickly able to relax. We ask for your continued interest and love for the five members of Highlight. Thank you."
On March 11, the group’s agency Around Us Entertainment stated, “Yong Junhyung will be enlisting in April. The exact date will be revealed later on.”
Update: Yong Junhyung Personally Denies Rumors in a Statement on Instagram
"Hello, this is Yong Junhyung.
I am also in a state of confusion, but since it seems like there are many people who are worried or angry because of me, I’m personally sharing this post. I was truly taken aback when I heard that it was said that I may have participated in or been caught up in this incident according to the news report today, and regardless of whether or not it’s true, I’ve once again looked back on myself because of the fact that my name was mentioned in relation to this. The reported content that was edited together after removing the context is entirely not true, and when I heard about this content I couldn’t even recognize that such events had occurred.
You can think that even what I said when I thoughtlessly answered with a question was a mistake. In the future I will be a little more careful about everything I say and do.
From Yong Junhyung."
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안녕하세요 용준형입니다 저조차도 혼란스러운데 저때문에 걱정 혹은 분노하신 분들이 많은 것 같아 이렇게 직접 글 올립니다 금일 보도된 내용에 제가 이번 사건에 동참하였거나 혹은 연루되어있다는 말을 들었을때 정말 당황스럽고, 사실 여부를 떠나 이런 일에 연관되어 이름이 거론되었다는 사실에 다시 한번 저를 돌아보게 되었습니다. 앞뒤 상황을 배제하고 짜깁기되어 보도된 내용은 전혀 사실이 아니며, 저는 이런 내용을 들었을 당시 그런 일들이 있다는 것도 인지하지 못했었습니다. 제가 정말 무심코 반문했던 말에도 잘못이 있다고 생각하실 수 있습니다. 앞으로는 모든 언행을 좀더 신중히 하도록 하겠습니다. 용준형 올림
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