Actor Nam Joo Hyuk, who was last seen on K-drama Twenty-Five Twenty-One, accused him of bullying someone during his school days. On Monday, a Korean media anonymous tipper reported that Nam Joo Hyuk had threatened an anonymous man while he was in school for 6 days. The actor’s agency has denied the allegations and confirmed stringent legal action against them. (ALSO READ: From K-Drama to K-Pop: Is India finally warming to the Korean Ale?)
According to a report in the Korea Jungang Daily, the bullying incident occurred between middle and high school. An anonymous man has backed his allegations with a picture of the actor’s school yearbook. It said Joo Hyuk belonged to a group of bullies, who frequently beat, scolded and even received money from other classmates. Tipper claims the actor threatened her with throwing mechanical pencil refills. According to Allkpop, there are other victims who have been more severely bullied by the actor, and Nam Joo Hyuk’s popularity in the industry, which he says is receiving psychiatric help.
Although Nam Joo Hyuk did not personally respond to any of the allegations, he shared his agency management soup statement. “We are informing you of our official stand on the article about actor Nam Joo Hyuk. First, we ask for your understanding of the delay in publishing our position in order to substantiate the facts. After verifying the facts with the actor in relation to the initial report, we made sure that all relevant information was a bit too true. “We regret the unilateral report of the media that did not verify the facts with the agency or the actors before publishing the article,” Sumphi said.
The agency said it would file criminal charges against Korean publication reporters who shared a ‘false rumor’ about Nam Joo Hyuk and damaged his reputation. He added that the actor and his family were suffering from ‘vague gossip’ and ‘thoughtless rumors’ that were spread without any confirmation.
Nam Joo Hyuk made her first supporting role in K-drama, The Idol Mermaid. He is best known for leading roles in the weightlifting fairy Kim Bok Joo, The Bride of Habek and Start-Up.
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