Earlier this week( two anonymous Twitter users made sexual assault and harassment allegations from a K-pop celebrity fans feel to be Kim Woojin. Now, Woojin along with his handling bureau, 10X Entertainment, are all denying the accusations.
On Monday, September 7th, the first anonymous Twitter user shared their accounts of an experience with an unnamed K-pop idol in a pub in South Korea three weeks ago. The user wrote that the idol groped their pal and murdered at them for rejecting his advances. The consumer’s account was deactivated, however Teen Vogue has got screenshots of their first tweets.
The user failed to name Woojin because their assaulter, but promised the idol”is part of [their original K-pop] category , he’s not even under the significant company ” This directed Twitter consumers to guess Woojin, who abandoned the K-pop group Stray Kids and its own tag JYP Entertainment abruptly in October 2019, because of unspecified “personal circumstances.”
The anonymous user subsequently tweeted “W 우 big 3,” that Twitter users translated as reference to this initial letter of Woojin’s title in English (W) and Korean (우), as well as his former tag, as “Big 3” is a nickname for a trio of leading South Korean entertainment companies that contains JYP Entertainment. There was also speculation Twitter the poster could be speaking to some other K-pop idols.
Hours later, a second anonymous user came forward to say they had been sexually harassed by Woojin at a pub on April 29th, until another patron stepped into assist call them a cab. The consumer shared a photo of this pub table allegedly taken at two:16 a.m., which included a jar of whiskey they stated Woojin bought for them. The user asserted that Woojin’s hoodie is visible in the photo, also compared it to some screenshot of a selfie Woojin posted to Instagram on April 29th where he seems to be sporting a similarly colored sweatshirt (although not a hoodie). That accounts has additionally been deactivated, and Teen Vogue has got screenshots of these tweets too.
In a statement posted to his personal Twitter on Tuesday, Woojin denied the allegations and tried to maneuver past the episode. “Someone posted a strange rumor on Twitter and then deleted their account…” he explained, according to a translation by AllKpop. “I’ve never even met that person, and I’ve never been to where they said I was. I know my fans must’ve been very shocked, but it’s not true so don’t worry too much.” He went on to declare he has signed to a different service and “my label plans to take legal action against the spread of false rumors.”
That tag, 10X Entertainment, released a statement to a newly-created Twitter account soon later. “We are likely to take legal actions against the false accusations made against Kim Woojin [and] we show photographic proof to prevent any mistake that lovers might have.” The announcement included two screenshots. The initial was of Woojin’s phone to demonstrate that the selfie he published April 29th had been taken much earlier, on March 10th. The next screenshot of Woojin’s phone was obviously a photo of his own airpods allegedly taken in his house out of Seoul at 1:12 a.m. on April 29th, one hour prior to the next user claimed to have shot the photo of this table that they shared Woojin in a pub.
The company told Teen Vogue it discovered the photo of the bar table submitted by the next anonymous user had initially been posted to Instagram on August 30th with a Korean man of no connection and may readily be discovered by searching #글랜버기12년, that will be the newest of whiskey revealed in the photo. Teen Vogue talked to the proprietor of the account who affirmed that he had shot the photo whilst out having a friend in a pub in Seoul’s Itaewon district August 29th. He wasn’t aware that the photo had been submitted on Twitter with an anonymous accounts and stated that it had been used without his knowledge or consent.