12:38 pm - 03/14/2019

Choi Jong Hoon Publishes a Letter of Apology

On March 14th, Choi Jong Hoon, who previously left FTISLAND and retired from the entertainment industry, published a letter of apology on his Instagram. He, too, promised to reflect deeply upon his actions (op note: op does not believe a word he says).

"Hello, this is Choi Jong Hoon.

I am writing this message to apologize to the Korean people who may have felt upset and outraged with me.

After reading the conversations in the chatroom I was involved in through the news reports, I was so distressed and ashamed to come across the forgotten past messages again.

The fact that I made these careless remarks and couldn’t remember them all this time made me reflect on what a false sense of ethics I’d been living with. In addition, as I read over comments of criticism and anger, I realize that I had fallen into a sense of entitlement, and I am deeply regretting it. I will repent greatly of my sins from my immoral life, and I will live while reflecting on this for the rest of my life.

First I must bow my head in apology to the victims who were hurt with lasting wounds. And I apologize to the numerous victims who have been harmed after being dragged into this incident despite having nothing to do with it.

I’m also ashamed of myself as I was in the position of being leader to the members of FTISLAND, but I acted disgracefully. And to the fans (PRIMADONNA) who have supported my activities until now, I’m also sorry that I failed to live up to the expectations you believed in, and that I have betrayed your trust in me. As of today, I will leave the team and retire from the entertainment industry. I will spend my entire life thoroughly reflecting on my past days when I acted carelessly without any feelings of remorse. I will also diligently participate in future investigations without any falsehoods, and I will accept the punishment I deserve. I am sorry."

안녕하세요 최종훈입니다. 저로 인해 불쾌함과 분노를 느끼셨을 국민 여러분께 죄송하단 말씀 올립니다. 보도를 통해 제가 참여한 단톡방의 대화들을 마주했을 때, 잊고 있었던 과거 내용들을 다시 확인하게 되면서 너무나 괴로웠고 부끄러웠습니다. 경솔한 발언들을 아무렇지 않게 하면서 기억하지 못하고 있었다는 것부터가 제가 그 동안 얼마나 잘못된 윤리 의식을 가지고 살고 있었는지 반성이 되었습니다.. 또한 많은 질타와 분노의 글들을 보며 제가 특권 의식에 빠져 있었다는 것을 느끼고 있고 크게 후회하고 있습니다. 저의 부도덕한 생활에 대해 크게 죄를 뉘우치고, 평생 반성하며 살겠습니다. 저 때문에 씻을 수 없는 상처를 받으신 피해자분들께 가장 먼저 고개 숙여 사죄 드립니다. 그리고 이번 일과 무관함에도 거론되어 피해를 입은 다수의 피해자 분들께도 사과의 말씀을 드립니다. 에프티아일랜드 멤버들한테도 리더 자리로써 부끄러운 모습을 보여 면목이 없고, 지금까지 활동 모습을 응원해주신 팬(프리마돈나)..분들께, 믿어주신 만큼의 기대에 부응하지 못하고 신뢰를 저버리게 되어 죄송한 마음입니다. 오늘부로 팀을 떠나고, 연예계 생활을 종료하겠습니다... 죄의식 없이 경솔한 언행을 일삼았던 저의 지난 날에 대해 평생 철저하게 반성하며 살겠습니다. 앞으로의 조사 또한 거짓 없이 성실히 받고, 그에 응당한 대가를 치르겠습니다. 죄송합니다.

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Source: Soompi, ftgtjhc
aures 14th-Mar-2019 12:14 pm (UTC)
what's the point of that letter anyway, like "LOOK WORLD HOW SORRY I AM"?

i mean, if they felt sorry in the first place about their crimes they should've apologized earlier, not now they got caught

also, does it matter legally if they write a letter? like does it lower their sentence? and if they are in jail, what happens to their army enlistment? can someone explain?
modestgoddess79 14th-Mar-2019 12:49 pm (UTC)
I think they can get lower sentences if the judge thinks they are remorseful. It fucked cause anybody can apologize and then commit the same crimes again.
tungatunga 14th-Mar-2019 12:15 pm (UTC)
CNB Jonghyun was confirmed in evening news, welp I held a sliver of hope for this one against my better judgment, but it seems at this rate FNC will hold audition for new guitarists asap.
benihime99 14th-Mar-2019 12:20 pm (UTC)
what a surprise...
pepsi_twist9 14th-Mar-2019 12:27 pm (UTC)
Is he the first besides JJY to apologize to the victims? Not that JJY really counts, he orchestrated the whole thing so how sorry can you really be. I'm not excusing or forgiving JH because obviously this is too little too late, it's interesting he is making a "decent" apology.

I've been trying to keep up with everything but it just makes me angry. I don't allegience to any celeb but my heart goes to all the victims and the remaining women who were stuck working beside these shitty people.
goshipgurl 14th-Mar-2019 12:37 pm (UTC)
Came here to say this. I think he's the first to acknowledge the victims in his apology
horichansenpai 14th-Mar-2019 12:29 pm (UTC)
"The fact that I made these careless remarks and couldn’t remember them all this time "

couldn't remember? sure jan
premonitioner 14th-Mar-2019 01:10 pm (UTC)
honestly they're talking like they say these god awful things the way that normal people talk about the weather or what they had for breakfast
modestgoddess79 14th-Mar-2019 12:52 pm (UTC)
I hope they are fined and sued for millions. Is retirement even a punishment if they get to keep their money!?
krissasaur 14th-Mar-2019 01:04 pm (UTC)
I was thinking this. They are all wealthy enough now that unless they actually get jail time they are just retiring into luxury and will keep up these habits.
nana_the_dwarf 14th-Mar-2019 12:57 pm (UTC)
Keep it.
krissasaur 14th-Mar-2019 01:03 pm (UTC)
Again, he is full of shit and is just sorry he got caught, but I am glad there is a direct mention of the victims.
ggumd 14th-Mar-2019 01:11 pm (UTC)
No matter how well these apologies are written none of them have a real ounce of sincerity.

I dont understand how people are saying they can see some signs of “remorsefulness” or “sincerity” in these apologies when these fuckers have been committing these sexual assaults habitually for years and would have continued to do so if they havent been caught.

They need to rot in jail forever and idk how people still stan male idols after this whole thing especially bandmates of the exposed ones so far. #yesallmen
dior_chic 14th-Mar-2019 01:31 pm (UTC)
‘They need to rot in jail forever and idk how people still stan male idols after this whole thing especially bandmates of the exposed ones so far. #yesallmen

I completely agree
4walls 14th-Mar-2019 01:33 pm (UTC)
nah dude, you can rot.
synatri 14th-Mar-2019 01:54 pm (UTC)
so many apologies

and this wouldn't even be necessary if any of them had any goddamned sense to, idk, NOT BE DISGUSTING PIGS in the first place.

is it so hard to not... degrade women. is it so hard to have empathy. idgi.
lizanka23 14th-Mar-2019 03:20 pm (UTC)
Trash. Only sorry you got caught, etc. copy paste copy paste. hope these apologies don’t lighten their sentences
kimbafierce 14th-Mar-2019 03:44 pm (UTC)
" I was so distressed and ashamed"
I hope sleep evades you for the rest of you mortal life, you poor thing(!)
thatchicksaywha 14th-Mar-2019 04:08 pm (UTC)
i doubt that apology is full of any sincerity, given that he initially denied everything at the start. he's just sorry he got caught.
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