“High School Rapper 4” Contestant Leaves Show Following Sexual Assault Allegations
Mnet has announced that “High School Rapper 4” contestant Kang Hyun will be leaving the show following allegations of sexual assault.
On February 20, an anonymous individual made a post on an online community alleging that she had been sexually assaulted by Kang Hyun in 2018. Later that day, Mnet made an official statement that Kang Hyun had stepped down from “High School Rapper 4” and that he would be completely edited out of future episodes.
A spokesperson for “High School Rapper 4” stated, “Before the start of the program, the producers of the show had in-depth meetings with each of the 40 contestants. However, we did not hear about the issue related to contestant Kang Hyun during that process before filming.
“After seeing the online post related to Kang Hyun, we checked with the contestant himself to see if it was true. Kang Hyun apologized for causing a scandal and said that he would step down from the program.”
The spokesperson continued, “Accordingly, the producers have decided to completely edit out any footage related to contestant Kang Hyun before [future] broadcasts. We apologize to viewers for any discomfort we have caused.”
“High School Rapper 4” is a rap competition show featuring high school students as contestants. The popular program is currently in its fourth season.