Agency Of TOO’s Woonggi Denies Allegations Of School Bullying
Following allegations that TOO’s Woonggi had bullied other students in school, his agency has issued a statement denying the accusations.
On February 16, “A” uploaded a post on an online community titled “Revealing the school violence of TOO’s Woonggi.” Sharing their middle school graduation album, A wrote, “I will reveal Cha Woonggi’s school violence and personality controversy.”
The post came after Woonggi received attention the day before for his comments in a university group chat, when he encouraged fellow students to follow social distancing guidelines. A stated that they could not stand to see Woonggi being put on a pedestal in such a way. “Honestly, doesn’t it bother your conscience?” they wrote. “Didn’t you ruin all their lives? Did you think it was just the past that would be forgotten if you became a celebrity?”
The post went on to list what alleged victims had experienced. It stated that Woonggi and his friends had continually verbally abused victims, bullied them, said insults about their parents, and bullied them through social media. In particular, A wrote that a victim had moved schools and developed a social phobia due to bullying by Woonggi and his friends. Another victim is said to have written a report to the guidance department at the school, requesting a school violence committee to look into it, but the request was not accepted. A stated that they were collecting evidence such as the report and confirmation that a victim had gone through psychiatric treatment, and they added that they were also gathering together further examples of harm.
Later that day, Stone Music Entertainment released the following statement:
Hello, this is artist Cha Woonggi’s agency Stone Music Entertainment.
Regarding today’s online post about Cha Woonggi, we have checked the facts with the artist himself, school representatives, and people who appear in the post that claim to have received harm.
What we found is that it’s true that there were people that Cha Woonggi was not on good terms with during his school days, however claims such as him using violence to bully specific people are completely false.
If groundless malicious slander or false information continues to be spread about our artist, then we will take firm action. We will continue to do our best to protect our artist.