A reporter has made the claim that Roy Kim was wrongly accused of his involvement in the group chatroom involving Jung Joon Young, Choi Jong Hoon, and more.
During the February 24 episode of Channel A show “Rumor Has It” (tentative title), an entertainment news reporter stated, “Of celebrities who are reflecting on their actions, there are those who have done wrong, but there are also those who are in unfortunate situations.” The reporter stated, “I believe Roy Kim is one of those celebrities. He was investigated for spreading pornographic material. This is something that has never been reported in the media, but Roy Kim was part of a fishing chatroom with Jung Joon Young and Choi Joong Hoon. Where they really just talked about catching fish.”
She went on to state, “There was an instance of a photoshopped pornographic image of a celebrity being shared in the chatroom. Roy Kim took a screenshot of a blog image and posted it saying, ‘This is not that person,’ and that is what he was charged for. So Roy Kim had posted the photo, not for others to see, but to state that it was a photoshopped image, and that is what got him charged for spreading pornographic material.”
The reporter continued to add, “Though he was not penalized at the time, just the fact that he was investigated caused severe damage to his image. So he’s unable to be active as a singer till now, and I just wanted to make sure this story was told.”
Stone Music Entertainment confirms
20200224 풍문으로 들었쇼 (Eng sub)— Jen (@ongniel616) February 24, 2020
On Roy Kim & how he only screencapped a photo to help *clarify* on behalf of a female entertainer. There has been so much misinformation & misreported news in the last while PLEASE help clear the name of someone innocent😢#RoyKim #로이킴 pic.twitter.com/xTjOTOSL6l
Hello, this is Stone Music Entertainment.
Last April, our label artist Roy Kim was investigated by the police on charges of spreading pornographic material, and a final decision of a suspension of indictment has been made on his case. We wish to sincerely apologize to those who have been disappointed by the bad news, and to the fans who have waited for a long time.
Roy Kim fully complied with the police investigation, and during the process, it was confirmed that in 2016, Roy Kim took a screenshot of a blog image with his phone and shared it in a KakaoTalk chatroom.
Roy Kim is deeply regretting and reflecting on his ignorance of not knowing that, regardless of intention, this was an act of spreading pornographic material.
However, we would like to emphasize that the KakaoTalk chatroom that Roy Kim was a part of was a different chatroom from the one that has become an issue.
Roy Kim will do his best to be a model citizen with a humble attitude. Once again, we apologize.
Roy Kim Apologizes And Explains Story After Suspension Of Case Over Sharing Pornographic Material
On February 25, Roy Kim shared a letter on his official fan cafe. Read it below:
Hello, this is Roy Kim.
To everyone who has waited until today’s news was shared, I’m not sure if it’s even alright for me to dare to write to you now.
However, I’m writing because I want to express to you how sincerely sorry and grateful I feel.
I recently received the results of the investigation. I intended to tell all of you first, and I’m so sorry that it was revealed first through the news.
First, at the time in 2016, I found a blog post through a portal site search that explained that the photo that was the subject of rumors was an edited photo. I took a screenshot with my phone and sent that image, along with a message saying that the rumor isn’t true, to a group chat I was in with acquaintances who I shared a hobby with. I realized through this incident that it’s wrong to share such photos, regardless of the intention or the content [of the message], and I am deeply reflecting on that.
I’m sincerely sorry that I have greatly hurt people I love because of my ignorant and rash action. I’ve been worried about what I should say to you and how I should say it, and I’ve spent very fearful days seeing and hearing the talk that kept growing and growing. During that time, I humbly reflected upon myself, and I realized once again how precious and generous all the things you gave me and the love I’ve received is, as a person who is endlessly lacking.
To all of you who have supported and loved me without change during this long time, I am so sorry that I cannot even express it in words and I am sincerely grateful. I will walk each step with a feeling of heavy responsibility and a cautious mindset so that I can be sure not to disappoint you, who have believed in and waited for me until the end, and so that I can return as the Roy Kim that you supported, loved, and watched over. Thank you. From, Roy Kim.
source: @soompi, soompi 1 2, naver 1 2, @ongniel616
tl;dr: Roy Kim admitted to sharing illegal pictures during the Burning Sons scandal, but gave no further explanation. Now -10 months later-, a reporter says that he wasn't part of the molka group chats and that Roy Kim actually used the explicit pic to clear rumors about a female star in a fishing group chat with JJY&CJH. His agency and Roy Kim later confirmed the story.