Recently, a rumor began to recirculate on online communities. The rumor began several years ago and claims that a girl group member smoked at a hotel in Thailand, causing the fire alarm to go off and making all of the hotel’s guests evacuate the building. Also brought up was a 2016 broadcast of E Channel’s talk show “Brave Journalists” (literal title), in which a reporter talked about the fire alarm incident and described the girl group member as someone who has many male fans and has a slender body and pure image. The reporter claimed that this individual cursed frequently and smoked cigarettes in her private life.
Some people began to groundlessly speculate that the girl group member in question was Seolhyun, prompting FNC Entertainment to deny the rumors on July 22.
The agency said, “We clearly state that the individual in the rumor is not Seolhyun. We are gathering data regarding the groundless rumors and the spread of false facts online in order to take legal action. It is very disappointing that this is being reported on as if it’s true, and we will take strong legal action without any leniency as [Seolhyun’s] has been severely defamed due to this. We will actively take legal measures regarding any other defamatory acts that occur online regarding our artists.”
Source: Naver (1, 2) via Soompi, @soompi