Choi Jong Hoon Addresses His Controversy In Letter Of Apology

On March 14, Choi Jong Hoon wrote a letter of apology for his involvement in drunk driving, police bribery, illegal filming, and sharing of illicit videos.

His statement is as follows:

Hello, this is Choi Jong Hoon.

I am writing this message to apologize to the Korean people who may have felt upset and outraged with me.

After reading the conversations in the chatroom I was involved in through the news reports, I was so distressed and ashamed to come across the forgotten past messages again.

The fact that I made these careless remarks and couldn’t remember them all this time made me reflect on what a false sense of ethics I’d been living with. In addition, as I read over comments of criticism and anger, I realize that I had fallen into a sense of entitlement, and I am deeply regretting it. I will repent greatly of my sins from my immoral life, and I will live while reflecting on this for the rest of my life.

First I must bow my head in apology to the victims who were hurt with lasting wounds. And I apologize to the numerous victims who have been harmed after being dragged into this incident despite having nothing to do with it.

I’m also ashamed of myself as I was in the position of being leader to the members of FTISLAND, but I acted disgracefully. And to the fans (PRIMADONNA) who have supported my activities until now, I’m also sorry that I failed to live up to the expectations you believed in, and that I have betrayed your trust in me. As of today, I will leave the team and retire from the entertainment industry. I will spend my entire life thoroughly reflecting on my past days when I acted carelessly without any feelings of remorse. I will also diligently participate in future investigations without any falsehoods, and I will accept the punishment I deserve. I am sorry.

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안녕하세요 최종훈입니다. 저로 인해 불쾌함과 분노를 느끼셨을 국민 여러분께 죄송하단 말씀 올립니다. 보도를 통해 제가 참여한 단톡방의 대화들을 마주했을 때, 잊고 있었던 과거 내용들을 다시 확인하게 되면서 너무나 괴로웠고 부끄러웠습니다. 경솔한 발언들을 아무렇지 않게 하면서 기억하지 못하고 있었다는 것부터가 제가 그 동안 얼마나 잘못된 윤리 의식을 가지고 살고 있었는지 반성이 되었습니다.. 또한 많은 질타와 분노의 글들을 보며 제가 특권 의식에 빠져 있었다는 것을 느끼고 있고 크게 후회하고 있습니다. 저의 부도덕한 생활에 대해 크게 죄를 뉘우치고, 평생 반성하며 살겠습니다. 저 때문에 씻을 수 없는 상처를 받으신 피해자분들께 가장 먼저 고개 숙여 사죄 드립니다. 그리고 이번 일과 무관함에도 거론되어 피해를 입은 다수의 피해자 분들께도 사과의 말씀을 드립니다. 에프티아일랜드 멤버들한테도 리더 자리로써 부끄러운 모습을 보여 면목이 없고, 지금까지 활동 모습을 응원해주신 팬(프리마돈나)..분들께, 믿어주신 만큼의 기대에 부응하지 못하고 신뢰를 저버리게 되어 죄송한 마음입니다. 오늘부로 팀을 떠나고, 연예계 생활을 종료하겠습니다… 죄의식 없이 경솔한 언행을 일삼았던 저의 지난 날에 대해 평생 철저하게 반성하며 살겠습니다. 앞으로의 조사 또한 거짓 없이 성실히 받고, 그에 응당한 대가를 치르겠습니다. 죄송합니다.

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FNC Entertainment announced Choi Jong Hoon’s decision to leave FTISLAND and retire from the entertainment industry earlier in the day.

Top photo credit: Xportsnews

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