Following a #MeToo joke scandal arising and then Jung Da Eun and Han Seo Hee making accusations of owed debt and alluding to criminal history, Monsta X member Wonho has left the group, according to Starship Entertainment.
Shocking, as there definitely seemed to be a way back for him. The apology for the joke seemed acceptable, and if these claims are indeed false then it’s a serious distraction but not something that can’t be ridden out.
Worth noting that Starship says that they will continue to take legal action, so their position in regards to the claims of Jung Da Eun appear to remain unchanged. Earlier they had made a statement that they would be pursuing legal action against her claims.
On October 31, the agency commented, “We plan on submitting a legal complaint via our legal representative. We will release an official statement as quickly as possible.”
If all that still holds up, then this is bizarre.
Thus, it seems to make sense that they’re concerned about something, perhaps the past that Han Seo Hee alluded to. I guess that would make more sense, though things done as a minor usually don’t go on the record for a reason.
Granted, I doubt most of the public would see nuance in it, so I understand why they’d want as little to be known as possible.— Asian Junkie (@asianjunkiecom) October 31, 2019
Those are my thoughts for now, though I definitely understand why people feel this is bullshit.
Wonho wrote a handwritten letter to fans regarding his departure.
“This is Wonho. First, I would like to apologize for not being able to keep the promise that I would only provide good memories and for causing pain to fans. Furthermore, I apologize for causing concern to many people due to my personal issues. I have received undeserving blessings and love while promoting as a MONSTA X member. I sincerely thank you for making precious memories for me. To the members who worked hard with me and stayed with me, I would like to tell them that I’m thankful and that I love them. [I would also like to show them] my apologetic heart. There was a time when I was immature and have made big and small mistakes, but after becoming a trainee and making my debut, I stayed on track and worked hard to avoid being ashamed of myself. I am announcing that I am leaving MONSTA X today. I am apologetic for causing harm to the members due to the unfortunate issues related to me. More than anything, I am sorry for disappointing my fans, who believed in me. I have reached this decision after seeing may people having a hard time because of me. In addition to our members, I once again sincerely bow my head in apology to the fans who have believed in me and supported me. Please give strength to MONSTA X. The members have nothing to do with me. I carefully ask that you at least give support and encouragement to the members. They are people who are too good to stop and get hurt like this because of someone like me. I am so thankful and apologetic to the staff, members, and lastly our fans who have allowed me to enjoy such happiness until this point.”