Apink’s Chorong Takes Legal Action Against Childhood Friend For Using False Claims As Threats
On April 1, Play M Entertainment revealed through an official statement that a childhood friend of Chorong has been continuously threatening her with false claims.
The statement reads as follows:
Hello, this is Play M Entertainment.
On April 1, we filed an initial criminal complaint at Gangnam Police Station via Wonil Law Firm against an individual “Kim” for defamation by alleging false information and attempted coercion regarding our artist Apink’s Park Chorong.
“Kim,” who was Park Chorong’s childhood friend, recently contacted her in a threatening manner. Using Park Chorong’s situation of being relatively known to the public, “Kim” threatened to expose completely false claims such as violence and about her private life and coerced her to retire from the entertainment industry.
Park Chorong and “Kim,” who were close in the past, drifted apart due to a certain incident. Park Chorong admitted that there was an argument and dispute between another friend and “Kim” due to this incident, and she apologized for any uncomfortable feelings she may have potentially caused. In addition, Park Chorong corrected “Kim,” making the fact straight that she did not commit the violence that “Kim” claimed. She also willingly accepted the request to meet up with “Kim” as she honors their childhood friendship, and she worked to communicate by having communication channels open.
In this process, however, “Kim” continuously went against the conclusion that has been reached regarding the facts, suddenly canceled their plans to meet, recorded the phone call including Park Chorong’s sincere apology and sent it to media outlets with false information, and continued such obstinate behavior. This has caused severe emotional distress for Park Chorong, so it has reached a point where legal action regarding this matter is inevitable.
Hence, we reviewed the materials necessary for the process of filing legal complaints, and we announce our plans to take firm civil and criminal legal action for charges of defamation by alleging false information and attempted coercion.
We ask for your generous understanding for causing concern with a situation that is not positive. We express gratitude for the support of many people, and we will continue to do our best for the protection of our artists’ rights.