Drama “About Time” Announces Removal Of Lee Seo Won From Cast Following Sexual Harassment Charges
The tvN drama “About Time” has issued a statement following the news that actor Lee Seo Won has been charged with sexually harassing and threatening a female celebrity with a weapon.
According to a statement by the production team that was released on May 16, “About Time” has decided to remove Lee Seo Won from the cast and find a new actor to take on his role.
The full statement is as follows:
“The production crew of tvn’s ‘About Time’ received notice about the pertinent facts late this evening (Wednesday, May 16), and through internal discussions has decided on the withdrawal of Lee Seo Won.
“Lee Seo Won’s role in the drama was the director of a musical that the female lead appears in, and as it is a supporting role in a subplot that is separate from the lead characters’ story, it does not have a lot of screen time. However, despite it being a subplot, it is one of the many diverse stories within the drama, and therefore the whole story cannot be removed. Therefore, we will be replacing him with a different actor and re-filming.
“‘About Time’ began filming last February and so there is enough footage that has been set aside. Therefore, even though the relevant scenes will be re-filmed, it has been determined that there will be no setbacks in the broadcast schedule.
“The production crew will do our best in the future so that the drama production will be carried out amicably and we can provide viewers with a good drama.
“In addition, please note that the ‘About Time’ press conference scheduled for May 17 (Thursday) will go ahead as planned.”
Lee Seo Won is also currently an MC on the KBS music show “Music Bank.” The show has stated that they are in discussion following the news, and that they will issue a statement when it is prepared.
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