Bullying Allegations Roundup: MONSTA X’s Kihyun, SEVENTEEN’s Mingyu, (G)I-DLE’s Soojin, ITZY’s Lia, Park Hye Su, Stray Kids’ Hyunjin

Since the last roundup was posted, there has been only one different celebrity facing allegations, but there have also been significant updates to ongoing cases.

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Stray Kids’ Hyunjin: Wrote up an individual post about his case because it appears to be generally resolved.

A teacher did defend him in the press, essentially telling on themselves by explaining that Hyunjin’s class was problematic in general, adding that Hyunjin didn’t participate in school violence. Following that, classmates responded to the teacher claiming that the teachers were a problem as well, that everybody knew Hyunjin was the center of bullies even if he wasn’t the only one, and so on.

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ITZY’s Lia: Accused of bullying, with JYP Entertainment saying the allegations are false. They say the claim was made last year as well, and there is an ongoing legal case by JYPE against the accuser.

(G)I-DLE’s Soojin: Another classmate came forward to testify that Soojin had framed actress Seo Shin Ae for having cigarettes, while a different classmate said if that did happen then Soojin didn’t do it but rather a group did and Soojin wasn’t a part of it.

MONSTA X’s Kihyun: Starship Entertainment stated their investigation showed a ‘majority’ of classmates denied Kihyun bullied people and the company also included his student record. Kihyun then made a statement in which he apologizes to anybody who was hurt by his actions. The company later provided an update, saying Kihyun had met up with the accuser and resolved the ‘misunderstandings’, explaining that it was a different classmate who had done what was alleged. Regardless, they concluded by stating Kihyun is reflecting on his past.

With the other issue that initially emerged in 2015, Starship reiterated that the allegations were false and provided details. Following that, the accuser said the company coerced him when they met years ago, alleged they were bribing classmates, and claimed Kihyun bullied a disabled student. The company later reiterated that they are pursuing legal action.

Park Hye Su: A transcript of the discussions held between the group of her accusers, her father, and her company was released, and they refute the insinuations of Studio Santa Claus Entertainment that financial gain was a motivator for the allegations.

SEVENTEEN’s Mingyu: Another allegation of bullying, but the claim mainly focuses on debunking the image of the school that the schoolmate who defended Mingyu painted. She attaches evidence of reports from therapy dating back to 2017, and also shows records that she mentioned him in therapy in 2019. Also being accused of school violence and bullying of a disabled student (through a witness) and sexual assault.

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