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On March 2, a post was uploaded to an online forum by someone accusing Ji Soo of being a perpetrator of school violence. The writer (hereafter referred to as “A”) stated that they went to the same middle school as Ji Soo from 2006 to 2008 and wrote, “Kim Ji Soo had a bigger build than the other kids his age at the time. Starting in his second year of middle school in 2007, he roamed the school as a delinquent and performed all sorts of bad deeds. The delinquents at the time, including Kim Ji Soo, were quite systematic. First of all, picking a fight with Kim Ji Soo and and the delinquents was unthinkable. If any member of that group experienced something even a little bit unpleasant, all of them would go and beat that person up, trampling over them in an insulting and thorough way.”
A claimed that Ji Soo and his friends forced his classmates to buy them cigarettes and threw food at other students during lunch and laughed.
A continued, “I was bullied by Kim Ji Soo and the delinquents in 2008, my third year of middle school. The word ‘bullying’ is not enough to describe everything. I was a victim of all kinds of school violence like being made an outcast, violence, blackmailing, insults, and abusive language. It started when B, one of the delinquents in Kim Ji Soo’s group, took another student’s gift certificate. I went to B and said I’d report them to the police if they didn’t return the gift certificate.
“This behavior of mine was an act of opposition. After that, my ordinary middle school life turned into horror itself. They were careful, perhaps because I told them I’d report them to the police. They craftily ordered other classmates to bully me so they could stay out of trouble.”
A wrote that the classmates who were ordered by the delinquents constantly came to pour highly offensive curse words at them and that the delinquents announced to the students at school that anyone who spoke to A would die at their hands. A explained that they could not freely walk around school out of fear of running into Ji Soo, who would allegedly curse at A and hit them on the head or cheek. A added that Ji Soo carried around a BB gun and fired it at students for fun.
A stated, “What I have written here is only what I have ‘directly’ experienced, and there are many more people who have gone through more serious cases of school violence perpetrated by Kim Ji Soo. I wanted to write a few of them here, but [the victim] may not want it, so I did not. Honestly, compared to what the other kids went through at the time, my experience is not much. But just because the other cases are more evil and severe, it doesn’t mean what happened to me should be regarded lightly.”
A lastly wrote, “What I want is not compensation nor an apology. Everything has already happened, and I don’t need an apology about something that cannot be reverted. And I don’t believe [the apology] would be sincere. There is just one thing I want. Kim Ji Soo. If acting is what you want to do, do it. But keep the title of ‘school violence perpetrator’ in front of your name forever in your heart. Like me, the countless number of people you bullied will never forget that memory.”
Following A’s post, two more people came forward about their experiences. One person claimed that Ji Soo had hit them constantly, and the other person stated that Ji Soo had verbally abused them.
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Further (even worse) accusations followed:
More victims come forward of actor Ji Soo's bullying in school pic.twitter.com/gmGQoKOKdJ— Not Netizen Buzz (@notnetizenbuzz) March 3, 2021
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The actor’s full statement is as follows:
"I sincerely apologize to the people who suffered because of me.
There is no excuse for my past misconduct.
They were things that cannot be forgiven.
As I began my acting career, I received an undeserved amount of interest from the public with my past enshrouded, and I think that’s how I ended up here today.
However, there was always a part of me inside that felt guilty about the past, and my regret, which came too late for me to turn things back, always brought me a great deal of anxiety.
I always felt crushed by my dark past.
I want to express my deep atonement to the people who must have suffered for a long time while watching me go about my work as an actor, and I will reflect on and repent my past, which can never be washed away, for the rest of my life.
I am tormented and feel guilty about the fact that I have inflicted tremendous damage upon the network, producers, actors, and all of the staff who have been quietly working hard on the drama set [of “River Where the Moon Rises“].
I desperately hope that the drama does not see further damage because of me.
Upon my knees, I sincerely apologize to everyone who has been hurt by me."
Source: Soompi: 1 (Original: Naver) & 2 (Original: Ji Soo's IG), Not Netizen Buzz (Original: Naver, Netizen Buzz)