Han Ji Sun’s Agency Issues Statement After Reports Of Assault On Taxi Driver
Actress Han Ji Sun‘s agency issued a statement regarding reports that she was violent towards a taxi driver.
On May 23, Channel A released an interview with a taxi driver (hereafter referred to as “A”). Reportedly, when Han Ji Sun was drunk, she climbed into the passenger seat of a taxi when it was stopped at a light, slapped A in the face, and started hitting his head with a thermos. She was allegedly violent while accusing A of not going where she wanted to go.
A explained, “Right away, she started swearing and hitting me. She didn’t just speak informally to me. She [cursed] harshly at me.”
At the police station, she reportedly continued to be violent. She is said to have slapped the police officer who had escorted her to the station in the face, bit another officer in the arm, and kicked their leg.
In the end, Han Ji Sun was fined 5 million won (approximately $4,196) and given a year’s probation for obstruction of justice. This was decided upon due to the fact that it was a first-time offense and she deeply reflected on her actions. Channel A reported that A hasn’t received an apology from her.
A shared, “She didn’t contact me at all. I think it’s unfair. I was [treated] like this by a young lady who is younger than my children.” Her agency JWIDE-Company told Channel A that she is reflecting on her actions, and that while she wanted to contact the driver, she did not know his contact information.
In response to this report, Han Ji Sun’s agency later issued the following statement. The agency did not confirm or deny the testimony of the driver in the Channel A report.
Hello, this is JWIDE-Company.
First of all, we’d like to sincerely apologize for causing many people to be concerned about something unfortunate about actress Han Ji Sun.
We learned this from the media not long before the request for confirmation was made, and we checked with ourselves to find out the exact facts. We confirmed that she was questioned by the police last year over an argument with a taxi driver.
As reported, she has fulfilled the legal responsibilities currently assigned to her and will also carry out the remaining legal responsibilities. Regardless of the circumstances, Han Ji Sun has admitted her wrongdoing without making any excuses, and she deeply repents and reflects on herself.
In this regard, we will be careful of all our words and actions so as not to cause any further stir in society, and we have expressed our deep remorse and apology for causing concern to many people. As a management company, we also acknowledge, reflect deeply, and feel responsible for our failure to manage more thoroughly.
We feel the need for improvement internally to prevent this from happening again and we promise to work with all the company’s executives and employees to make the utmost effort. Once again, we bow our heads and offer our sincere apology to everyone.
Han Ji Sun is currently acting in “The Secret Life of My Secretary.” In regards to whether or not the actress will now be leaving the drama, a source from SBS told news outlet Star News that they plan to release a statement after the production team discusses the matter.