Roy Kim Apologizes And Explains Story After Suspension Of Case Over Sharing Pornographic Material
Last year, Roy Kim was investigated on suspicions of spreading illegally taken pornographic material, as part of the scandal that surrounded group chatrooms in which celebrities discussed and committed illegal acts. In April, Roy Kim admitted to the sharing of an illegally taken photo but did not admit to filming photos or videos. The singer has been on hiatus since that time.
Several months later, it was shared by a reporter on an entertainment news show on February 25 that while Roy Kim had been a member of a group chatroom with Jung Joon Young and Choi Jong Hoon (who have since been sentenced to prison), the chatroom that Roy Kim was a part of was about their shared hobby of fishing.
She stated, “There was an instance of a photoshopped pornographic image of a celebrity being shared in the chatroom. Roy Kim took a screenshot of a blog image and posted it saying, ‘This is not that person,’ and that is what he was charged for. So Roy Kim had posted the photo, not for others to see, but to state that it was a photoshopped image, and that is what got him charged for spreading pornographic material.”
His agency issued a statement that day saying that a final decision of a suspension of indictment was made on Roy Kim’s case and confirmed that Roy Kim had not been a member of the controversial group chatroom.
On February 25, Roy Kim shared a letter on his official fan cafe. Read it below:
Hello, this is Roy Kim.
To everyone who has waited until today’s news was shared, I’m not sure if it’s even alright for me to dare to write to you now.
However, I’m writing because I want to express to you how sincerely sorry and grateful I feel.
I recently received the results of the investigation. I intended to tell all of you first, and I’m so sorry that it was revealed first through the news.
First, at the time in 2016, I found a blog post through a portal site search that explained that the photo that was the subject of rumors was an edited photo. I took a screenshot with my phone and sent that image, along with a message saying that the rumor isn’t true, to a group chat I was in with acquaintances who I shared a hobby with. I realized through this incident that it’s wrong to share such photos, regardless of the intention or the content [of the message], and I am deeply reflecting on that.
I’m sincerely sorry that I have greatly hurt people I love because of my ignorant and rash action. I’ve been worried about what I should say to you and how I should say it, and I’ve spent very fearful days seeing and hearing the talk that kept growing and growing. During that time, I humbly reflected upon myself, and I realized once again how precious and generous all the things you gave me and the love I’ve received is, as a person who is endlessly lacking.
To all of you who have supported and loved me without change during this long time, I am so sorry that I cannot even express it in words and I am sincerely grateful. I will walk each step with a feeling of heavy responsibility and a cautious mindset so that I can be sure not to disappoint you, who have believed in and waited for me until the end, and so that I can return as the Roy Kim that you supported, loved, and watched over. Thank you. From, Roy Kim.