Han Jong Yeon, a trainee from Maroo Entertainment and current ‘Produce 101‘ contestant, is under fire after a former classmate accused him of bullying and sexual abuse back in high school. These things are usually done anonymously, but Lee Kangto posted about it on his Facebook.
“I heard you’re appearing on TV. I still wake up crying whenever you appear in my dreams. I still want to die whenever I hear your name or see your face. I worry that once I upload this, you and your friends will harm me and my acquaintances. But come to think of it, I am no longer a young, fearful child who used to have no friends. Produce 101…I hope you rank high. I’ll pull you back to the ground. All the times in elementary school when you made me masturbate in front of the other kids, when you made me get into fights with other kids calling it Pokemon, when you shoved me into the broom closet not letting me eat lunch, etc., I still can’t forget about them. But do you even remember me? It’s not only one or two kids who were victimized by you. Because of you, I went back and forth between life and death all throughout elementary and middle school. I’ll give back all the scars that you had given me. Oh, and if anyone has something to say related to this, please Facebook message me. I will take legal action against any threats.”
Lee Kangto later went on to clarify further…
“I went through severe bullying in elementary school, and in middle school, he just bothered me.”
…and also revealed he had a conversation with Han Jong Yeon’s brother about this.
Han Jong Yeon’s brother: Is it true?
Kangto Lee: Yes. Are you Han Jong Yeon’s brother? Do you remember me? I got hit in front of you frequently in elementary school. I wrote the post after getting swept up in my personal emotions. I’m not sorry at all towards Han Jong Yeon, but I do feel sorry towards you and your parents. Please tell them that I am sorry.
Han Jong Yeon’s brother: Yes, I am Han Jong Yeon’s brother. Can we talk on the phone?
Mnet says they’re currently checking on this mess.
This is probably more credible than most accusations considering he’s putting his name on it and is updating. However, it’s still best to wait it out considering there’s nothing to go on right now except the accusations.
Lee Kangto is providing more evidence, using his classmates as witnesses in convos.
Friend: I have the same thoughts as you.. I thought the same, so I want to support you.
Kangto: Thank you so much. No one believes me because I don’t have a witness. I feel like I’m going crazy.
Friend: Hey, as if there aren’t any [witnesses] ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ
Kangto: I’m still in pain and crying, even if several years have passed. Exactly, there can’t NOT be any [witnesses].
Friend: There’s no one who doesn’t know what Han Jong Yeon did.
Kangto: Why won’t anyone contact me?
Friend: I mean even my friends from elementary know ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ
Kangto: Why is everyone keeping their mouths shut?
Friend: When I asked around there was no one who didn’t know about it. Honestly, I wasn’t a direct victim, but I think everyone knows what he went around doing.
Kangto: Can I edit out your name and profile picture and upload it? I kind of need at least something.
Friend: Yeah but I’m scared so you have to edit [out my name and picture] Kangto: I promise I will. [Kangto clicks invite by mistake] Oh that was a mistake. And by the way thank you so much.
Friend: Kangto, I don’t know if this will help but I remember [Han Jong Yeon] fought with Myung Jong as well. Be strong.
Kangto: Can I edit out your name and upload this?
Kangto: I’m going crazy, don’t they all know? There’s no way they don’t know how he picked on all those kids.
Friend: I knew that you were picked on a little, but I didn’t know it was to that extent…
Kangto: It’s like everyone agreed to play dumb
Friend: It will work out. Don’t stress yourself out about it ㅠㅠ
Then there are classmates making statements of their own.
“Now that I think about it, he set fire to a newspaper in 6th grade in our classroom ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ We were sitting 4 boys, 4 girls in the shape of a ㄷ and we all saw it then. He set fire to the newspaper even with our home room teacher, remember ㅋㅋㅋ And even with our teacher present, he fought with [censored] and [censored] kept getting hit, and they fought because he [Han Jong Yeon] kept riding his ass. I was left speechless after seeing his friends defend him like that ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ”
“My classmate wrote what he actually experienced with Maroo Entertainment’s Han Jong Yeon on Facebook, and besides that post, there’s a lot more in regards to his assaults. Same elementary school, same class. He was the typical school bully, the school’s problem child. He undermined the teachers and kids in his class, picked on them, and would even throw his fists at anyone who touched him.”
“For those who are supporting this guy, please stop. And you [Han Jong Yeon], I hope you never succeed. Begging on your knees for forgiveness from all those you picked on won’t even cut it. I’m not a victim, and I don’t want to waste my time writing a long text, but I watched you do all those things and I can’t just let it go, so I’m writing this.”
So yeah. Should be interesting to see what the response is from him and Mnet.