On April 1, Apink’s agency Play M Entertainment announced that they had taken legal action against a childhood friend of Chorong who had allegedly been threatening her with false claims. In the days that followed, the childhood friend in question went public with her allegations, accusing Chorong of (TW: Physical Violence) [Spoiler (click to open)]having slapped her face and kicked her in the shin when they were students.
On April 7, “A” shared she had expected Chorong would admit to the school violence accusations but was flustered that Chorong’s side responded with legal action instead. “A” said she would also take legal action and revealed a transcript of her phone call that showed Chorong had acknowledged she had been involved in school violence.
Here is the telephone transcript as follows:
Chorong: I didn’t do those things to you for no reason.
“A”: Whether there was a reason or not, what you did was wrong. Did I do anything wrong to you? After you hit me that day, I reported you to the police. But at the time, my friend told me to just let it slide because it seemed like you were drunk.
Chorong: This was something I should have talked to you about back then. Like you said in your DM, there was a misunderstanding. Anyway, I should’ve talked to you on the spot and solved it, but I was a bit angry at the time.
“A”: So why did you do that? Tell me. What was the reason? Why were you mad at me?
Chorong: Just as you said in your DM, there was someone I liked back then.
“A”: Yeah, I know, but he went out with me. I don’t know if it was because of that, but your friend said, ‘Chorong wants to beat you up.’ What I remember is that you slapped me across the cheek and your friends kicked my shin, so I had bruises on it. It was when when we wore skirts to school, so the classmate who sat next to me still remembers it. And, what is it again? There were a lot of kids back then.
“A”: Honestly, if you were in my shoes, don’t you think you’d remember that trauma for a long time? Would you just forget about it?
Chorong: No, I don’t think I would.
“A”: To be honest, I’m shaking a lot while talking about this right now. But would you really be okay if someone did that to your future daughter?
“A”: Honestly, I didn’t have a lot of strength back then. I had a small frame, and I looked weak too. I was a bit traumatized from this, so even during college when a bunch of girls looked at me, it’d make me wonder if they have something against me or if they’re talking about me. I kept my head down for a while.
“A”: But you… don’t know how much I suffered, do you? I just thought I didn’t have to watch Apink when they come out on TV, and I’d just turn it off when your group came on. But as I got older, I couldn’t do that anymore. I wondered why I should live like this when I’m the victim.
Chorong: I’m really sorry. So… I shouldn’t have done that in that situation. Whether there was a misunderstanding or not, I should’ve talked it out with you. But I think I was pretty upset at the time.
“A”: It is what it is, but if you were going to debut as a celebrity and keep appearing on TV, you should’ve apologized to me. Don’t you think so? I’m still living with the pain, you know?
Chorong: Honestly, I came up after auditioning in a hurry. It was very hectic. Everything happened in a short amount of time, so it’s true that I couldn’t take care of everything.
In response to the transcript which PlayM claims is allegedly manipulated by the accuser, Play M Entertainment issued the following statement:
We are here to inform you of our position regarding the recent phone call transcript.
“A” only revealed part of the phone call and maliciously distorted it.
During the first call, “A” threatened Chorong and showed unexpected behavior like talking about personal matters that were neither true nor related to the issue. First off, Chorong apologized without asking for details. She apologized regardless of the reason because they had a close relationship in the past and it was true there was some sort of conflict between them. However, she did not admit she was involved in school violence. “A” wanted to meet up, so they even tried to arrange a date.
As we previously revealed about how “A” continued to threaten Chorong for over a month, “A” is telling stories that have nothing to do with the issue by revealing past photos and only a part of the recording.
We also have recordings of the first and second calls, and we submitted them as evidence to the police. We wanted to reveal the truth in accordance with legal procedures, but because “A” is continuously making malicious postings, we will release the recordings if necessary.
The accuser also released photos of Chorong drinking when she was underage. Chorong did confirm the photos were real and she had drank alcohol when she was underage. She went into further detail on the situation on her IG page:
(Warning: Alludes to the physical violence)
Hello, this is Park Chorong. I apologize for the fact that I am greeting you regarding an unfortunate matter.
First, before I explain recent events, I apologize for the fact that I have given people cause for concern in regards to the photos of my drinking when I was a minor. I have hurt everyone who has been supporting me through my immature and foolish wrongdoings from when I was young. There is no room for excuses, and I sincerely apologize.
In regards to the matter that recently became known [to the public], it began at the end of February and has been continuing for about a month. During that time, I made a lot of effort to try to communicate amicably, but it did not end up working out that way, which I find very unfortunate. I read the reports and interviews related to me that were published yesterday.
Although things have escalated to this point because of a misunderstanding between us, I feel even more tortured because I still have memories of being friends [with that person] starting from elementary school all the way to high school, of our playing together and spending time together, and so I feel awful to the point where I can’t express it. But I want to repeat once again that in regards to the untruths that have been spread, I am completely innocent up until the end.
I never, at any point, slapped Ms. Kim’s face like she claimed, took off her clothing, or committed violence against her. In regards to this matter, I will do my utmost to completely prove my innocence through the testimony of those who were present at the time and transcripts of my phone call(s) with Ms. Kim.
Finally, I have terribly wounded all the fans who have cheered me on and supported me for the 10 years since my debut. I was afraid that due to this incident, you might feel as though my sincere words and actions up until this point were insincere, and I was also scared of disappointing the fans who have supported and believed in me.
I feel nothing but apologetic to my fellow Apink members, our fans, our agency staff, and all of the many people who have helped me. To all of our fans and the Apink members, I ask for forgiveness for having to convey this kind of news on our 10th anniversary, and I bow my head in sincere apology.
Sources: L.Kim at Soompi, @mulgokizary, E Cha at Soompi,
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