7:03 pm - 05/26/2019

Hyolyn’s Agency Responds To Accusations Of School Bullying + To Sue For Defamation



Hyolyn’s agency has spoken up about the recent claims about Hyolyn’s alleged past as a school bully.

Recently, someone uploaded a post on an online community claiming to be the victim of school violence perpetrated by Hyolyn.

The alleged victim explained that during the three years of middle school, Hyolyn had habitually taken her clothes and money and assaulted her at an apartment playground. She also claimed, “[Hyolyn] would make my friend meet her at a karaoke room and hit her head with the mic. When she hit her, she always made sure that [my friend] would hit her back, so that it became mutual.”

“At the time, I was scared of retaliation, so I couldn’t tell [the police], and I just waited for graduation,” she stated, adding that she continues to suffer from the memories of the time.

As evidence, she revealed Hyolyn’s graduation photos as well as messages shared between herself and her friend from middle school.
In response to the post, Hyolyn’s agency released the following statement:

”Hello, this is Hyolyn’s agency bridʒ.

We have seen the online post about Hyolyn, and we are confirming the facts as Hyolyn’s memory of the incident from 15 years ago is unclear.

In addition, we are planning to personally meet the person who uploaded the post and claims to have been a victim, and we will do our best to resolve the issue.
We apologize for causing concern.”


Following the agency’s statement, the alleged victim added to her post, ”The article about her agency’s position has been released. I heard that she’s coming to see me. I don’t have the confidence to see those scary eyes. It will suffice to receive an apology through a phone call and for her to personally release a statement and reflect on herself. I sent her another message through social media, but I haven’t gotten a response. Please sincerely apologize through a call.”

Hyolyn’s agency has announced that it will be taking legal action against the person who accused her of being a school bully in the past.

On May 26, an anonymous netizen (hereafter referred to as “A”) uploaded a post on the online community Nate Pann claiming to be the victim of school violence perpetrated by Hyolyn. “A” alleged that during her three years of middle school, Hyolyn had habitually taken her clothes and money, in addition to assaulting her on a playground. “A” claimed that the reason for the assault was because her boyfriend and Hyolyn’s boyfriend had shared the same name. “A” also asserted that though she had sent Hyolyn a long message asking for an apology after seeing her debut as a singer, she had not received a reply.

“A” went on to claim that Hyolyn had been drinking and smoking cigarettes since she was young, adding that she felt sick watching Hyolyn promote as a singer after cleaning up her image. As proof, “A” posted Hyolyn’s graduation photos and messages shared between herself and her friend from middle school.

In response to the post, Hyolyn’s agency bridgʒ initially released a statement that it was confirming the facts with Hyolyn, whose memory of the incident was unclear, and that she was planning to personally meet the victim to resolve the issue. “A” responded to the statement by posting again on the online community, stating that she did not wish to meet with Hyolyn in person. She went on to allege that Hyolyn hadn’t read her additional direct message (DM), asking the singer to personally contact her by phone and apologize.

Later that afternoon, the posts by “A” were suddenly deleted, and Hyolyn’s agency released a second statement about taking legal action. bridgʒ’s full second statement is as follows:

“This is Hyolyn’s agency bridgʒ. We are releasing an additional statement in regards to the online post about Hyolyn, which was reported on by the media today.

First, we would like to express our deep regret at the media reporting on the victim’s claims without confirmation.

All of the posts titled Hyolyn’s school violence were deleted a short while ago without any notice. We are deeply upset by this situation, which was caused by someone who brought about all kinds of speculation and controversy in a space where it could spread to a large number of unspecified people, then, after deleting the posts, insists on simply receiving an apology.

Due to these unconfirmed, one-sided claims, the image and reputation of an artist who has walked the same path for the past 10 years have been immensely damaged, and her promotions in the entertainment industry have been severely disrupted.

Hyolyn will not avoid these matters related to her, and the agency will hold the person who made the posts in question accountable for the unbearable insult and defamation [to Hyolyn’s character]. Additionally, if she continues to exploit the fact that our agency’s artist is a celebrity and attempts to mislead public opinion, we will not sit back and watch, but take even stronger action instead.

We apologize once again to those who care about Hyolyn for causing unwanted concern.”


Someone claiming to be “A” then posted a comment under an article about bridgʒ’s statement. The commenter wrote:

I’m the person who posted on Nate Pann. A few hours after the articles [about my posts] were published, I received a DM [direct message] from Kim Hyo Jung [Hyolyn’s given name]. She said, ‘I just arrived at the airport after wrapping up my overseas schedule… I’m sorry, I contacted you late. If it’s alright, I want to meet up and talk with you now… could you send me your contact information?’ I haven’t heard from her in six hours. I heard from some of our middle school classmates that she was asking around about my contact information, so I directly gave her my number through DM, but I’ve heard nothing since. Nate has blocked my IP address. After saying she wanted to meet and talk, she’s changed her stance without contacting me and is now saying that she’ll sue.”

Sources: Naver (1, 2) & Sports Chosun via Soompi (3, 4)
921227 27th-May-2019 12:21 am (UTC)
Lol what the hell? This persons bringing up 15+ yr old allegations? Doesnt seem true to me & Im glad her companys not taking it.
goshipgurl 27th-May-2019 12:35 am (UTC)
Maybe the person didn't feel comfortable speaking up about it in the past 15 years? Your argument is the same that men use whenever women talk about past sexual harrassment incidents. "It was decades ago, why are they only bringing it up now, must be because they're lying and out for money!!!!"
921227 27th-May-2019 12:45 am (UTC)
Except they contacted Hyorin way early in her career when Sistar had a lot of rumors around them. If it were true, I'd think she'd double down then and not now of all times. It could be true, idk, and most likely no-one will know for sure.

I just rather take this with a grain of salt.
tungatunga 27th-May-2019 06:08 am (UTC)
I give Hyorin huge benefit of doubt because of her constant volunteering for animal welfare. Plus all previous rumours of Sistar being iljin had been based on ridiculous "proofs": Soyou's hairstylist license and Dasom's case of mistaken identity.
Plus Hyorin has reputation of being blunt but warm and caring so either she matured and changed or it's just anti attempt at take down.
goshipgurl 27th-May-2019 12:34 am (UTC)
I mean, rumors of her being a bully have been following her since debut, so it's not exactly brand new information.
radowan 27th-May-2019 12:37 am (UTC)
Honestly anyone could be lying (like it could easily be true, but it could just as easily be someone tryna stir shit) so imma hold my judgmental ass back until we get more deets.
sciencebottle 27th-May-2019 12:42 am (UTC)
I'm torn. From the perspective of an outsider, none of us really have the authority to deem someone's trauma from bullying valid enough to warrant bringing up an allegation 15 years later.

On the other hand, from the perspective of someone who was bullied severely as a 13-15 year old (to the point at which I had to change schools, I was being physically assaulted and other very traumatic things I don't want to mention), I cannot imagine bringing up this stuff to my bullies over a decade after the fact. It was hard, but I actively made peace with myself over the bullying, and I grew to forgive them. It doesn't mean that I think they're great people, but my life moved on. A lot of them actually went on to do very respectable things, but I don't feel angry that they did. They grew just as I did. Maybe they feel remorseful now, but I feel at peace knowing that my life is fine the way it is and I let go. This is just my perspective though, and I am in no way saying that I am representative of everyone.

There are a lot of things about this story that really don't add up. But regardless of the fact, people can and will change over 15 years. That is a long-ass time. I can't really judge without there being more facts.

Edited at 2019-05-27 12:44 am (UTC)
modestgoddess79 27th-May-2019 01:52 am (UTC)
Based on Korean defamation laws you can sue and win even if the allegations are true because they used your name.
markama 27th-May-2019 03:10 am (UTC)
Great troubles incoming..
kimbafierce 27th-May-2019 03:50 am (UTC)
tbh it sounds like they want her contact info just to know who they're suing.
for years rumors of bullying had followed Hyolyn, and I'm of the mindset that no smoke is without fire. if it was a lie the rumors would have stopped by now.
jyusou 27th-May-2019 04:49 am (UTC)
mte. i want to give her the benefit of the doubt but like you said, if the rumors weren't true, it would have disappeared on its own by now.
tungatunga 27th-May-2019 05:59 am (UTC)
Have you heard of smoke machines?

benihime99 27th-May-2019 08:29 am (UTC)
XD
rosevael 27th-May-2019 02:04 pm (UTC)
Omg
chenetic 27th-May-2019 08:26 am (UTC)
Whether it's true or not, it's not great timing.
benihime99 27th-May-2019 08:29 am (UTC)
I didn't know there were rumors about her tbh
I hope they're unfounded
tungatunga 27th-May-2019 08:40 am (UTC)
I don't think it was about Hyorin, it were Soyou and Dasom that had iljin rumours and it still follows them even if it was debunked many times, many years ago.
volume1995 27th-May-2019 08:31 am (UTC)
hmm :\ feeling pretty iffy about it but im still hpinh her amsterdam concert goes well tbh
pepsi_twist9 27th-May-2019 01:13 pm (UTC)
I mean even if it's true it's 15 years ago. She owes the victim an apology if it's true. In the same breath everyone can change drastically in 15 years, I don't think that's a sign that she hasn't changed, matured
rainstormraider 27th-May-2019 03:27 pm (UTC)
Didn't Nate state that the OP deleted the post themselves? That Nate only blocked the IP address?
The claim is so extraordinary that it must have some kernel of truth and people don't just remember not bullying if they actually were already predisposed to being bullies.
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