It was recently revealed that a member of a ballad group was accused of sexual harassment, but there weren’t many clues to the identity, so I figured if it were true more stuff would be exposed later. However, apparently rumors spread that Changmin of 2AM was the culprit, and both he and a reporter denied this.
On March 6, SBS funE’s Kang Kyung Yoon, who reported on the case, clarified that 2AM’s Changmin had nothing to do with the report in question after several rumors regarding the singer began to spread. The news reporter stated through Twitter, “There have been many misunderstanding so I am making this announcement. 2AM’s Changmin is not the person named in the [mentioned] report. His debut period is different. It is absolutely not true. I apologize for creating misconceptions. I ask for your understanding as I am unable to reveal [the accused person’s] real name at the request of the informant, as stated in the article. I would like to apologize once again to 2AM’s Changmin. The informant’s purpose with the article was not to disclose [the identity], but to make society more aware about the damage of hidden cameras. I ask that you understand that I cannot reveal [the person’s] real name.”
Changmin’s agency TheB Sky also firmly denied that Changmin was the accused ballad singer. They wrote, “Hello. This is TheB Sky. While we cannot even begin to fathom the hurt and suffering the victims who are connected to the current societal issues must have experienced, we give our support and hope they may find their laughter again. We wholeheartedly wish that there will be no more victims from now on. However, we sincerely hope that there will not be another situation where a completely unrelated person becomes a victim due to a mistaken mob mentality. TheB Sky will take strong action against the spread of falsities that have no factual basis in order to protect our artist. We would like to apologize for worrying the fans who must have been very concerned.”
Yeah, even with the minimal amount of clues provided based on the dates, this wouldn’t have made sense.
The situation as a whole sucks, because the way defamation law is setup, it doesn’t protect the victims. However, in avoiding it, that opens the door for cases like this.