Details of the alleged violence will be placed under the cut:
⚠️TW For Bullying Including Physical Violence⚠️
On February 20, someone claiming to be the older sibling of a victim of Soojin’s alleged bullying posted on an online community. The older sibling (henceforth referred to as “A”) wrote, “[Soojin] called my younger sister and her friend to the bathroom and made them slap each other in the face and sent out a group text that said, ‘From now on, OOO (my sister) is an outcast.'”
“A” continued, “My little sister went to Waw Middle School and was born in 1998. She lives in Hwaseong, Gyeonggi Province. I’m planning to carefully write out and post about the details on an online forum later. I feel apologetic towards the other [members] besides the perpetrator, but I can no longer turn a blind eye to the painful time my sister experienced. The girl who slapped my sister, took her money, and bullied her has become an idol and shamelessly shows her face on TV.”
A person claiming to be the younger sister and the victim of the alleged bullying (henceforth referred to as “B”) also spoke up. “B” stated, “After [Soojin] took me to a bathroom in a shopping complex, she said, ‘I’ll hit her first,” and suddenly slapped me in the face. Then she told my friend who came with me, ‘Now it’s your turn to hit her,’ and made my friend hit me. My friend and I had to slap each other in the face.”
“B” added, “She would make me drink the beverage she had opened and left unfinished and then take my money, saying that I had finished her drink and had to pay her for it. She took other people’s uniforms and wore them, borrowed money and didn’t return it, stole other people’s belongings, cursed at other students when they refused to give her their belongings, noisily roamed around the town riding behind one of the older boys who had a motorcycle, drank alcohol, and smoked.
“I went to the same academy as her, and one day, I wasn’t able to go, but she texted me to come no matter what. I apologized and said it wouldn’t be possible, but from then on she and the group of delinquents sent out a text to me and everyone else saying, ‘*** is an outcast from now on.’ I was so scared that I called her and kept apologizing.”
On February 21, Cube Entertainment released an official statement regarding the matter:
“First, upon checking with Soojin herself about the post about (G)I-DLE’s Soojin that is being spread online, it was found that the creator of the comment is the older sister of Soojin’s classmate from middle school. It is true that the poster heard Soojin and her classmate arguing over the phone and had an argument with Soojin after taking over the call. However, we have confirmed that the poster’s claims about school violence and such were not true at all.
We ask of you so that the members, who are doing their best in every moment to achieve their dreams and are moving forward step by step, will not be hurt anymore. We are planning to take legal action under the criminal law and take all other measures we are able to take as a company against all those who have indiscreetly posted false claims with malicious intent. We inform you that we will show no leniency towards the perpetrators who will be punished in the future.
Last December 15, Cube Entertainment established a committee dedicated to the protection of artists’ rights and interests and have been continuously monitoring the spread of false rumors, insults, and sexual comments and edits designed to cause humiliation toward our artists. We are working on filing criminal complaints through a law firm.
Once again, we thank all those who show lots of love and interest for (G)I-DLE, and [we at] Cube will do our best with all of you for the protection of our artists.
UPDATE: A new person has come out to share their story of Soojin bullying them, and provided school records as evidence of the two attending school together.
Also an actress who also attended school with Soojin, Seo Shin Ae, posted a cryptic message on her Instagram stories shortly after the news came out. It simply reads “None of your excuse”. Shin Ae has been vocal in the past about bullying affecting her childhood and has been active in promoting anti-bullying messaging.
The new developments are found here at pan-choa and the story is still up at @seoshinae IG stories.
Source: Translated by U.Kim at Soompi, Naver 1, 2, pan-choa , @seoshinae