Apink’s Chorong Apologizes For Underage Drinking + Personally Responds To School Violence Allegations
On April 1, Apink’s agency Play M Entertainment announced that they had taken legal action against a childhood friend of Chorong who had allegedly been threatening her with false claims. In the days that followed, the childhood friend in question—known only by her last name, Kim—went public with her allegations, accusing Chorong of having slapped her face and kicked her in the shin when they were students.
Kim, who revealed that she intended to file a countersuit against Play M Entertainment for their false accusations, claimed that Chorong had initially admitted to the violence before later taking back her words and changing her story. She also released photos of Chorong drinking when she was still a minor.
On April 6, Chorong posted a statement on Instagram in which she apologized for her underage drinking, but reaffirmed her innocence regarding the accusations of school violence.
Chorong’s full statement is as follows:
Hello, this is Park Chorong. I apologize for the fact that I am greeting you regarding an unfortunate matter.
First, before I explain recent events, I apologize for the fact that I have given people cause for concern in regards to the photos of my drinking when I was a minor. I have hurt everyone who has been supporting me through my immature and foolish wrongdoings from when I was young. There is no room for excuses, and I sincerely apologize.
In regards to the matter that recently became known [to the public], it began at the end of February and has been continuing for about a month. During that time, I made a lot of effort to try to communicate amicably, but it did not end up working out that way, which I find very unfortunate. I read the reports and interviews related to me that were published yesterday.
Although things have escalated to this point because of a misunderstanding between us, I feel even more tortured because I still have memories of being friends [with that person] starting from elementary school all the way to high school, of our playing together and spending time together, and so I feel awful to the point where I can’t express it. But I want to repeat once again that in regards to the untruths that have been spread, I am completely innocent up until the end.
I never, at any point, slapped Ms. Kim’s face like she claimed, took off her clothing, or committed violence against her. In regards to this matter, I will do my utmost to completely prove my innocence through the testimony of those who were present at the time and transcripts of my phone call(s) with Ms. Kim.
Finally, I have terribly wounded all the fans who have cheered me on and supported me for the 10 years since my debut. I was afraid that due to this incident, you might feel as though my sincere words and actions up until this point were insincere, and I was also scared of disappointing the fans who have supported and believed in me.
I feel nothing but apologetic to my fellow Apink members, our fans, our agency staff, and all of the many people who have helped me. To all of our fans and the Apink members, I ask for forgiveness for having to convey this kind of news on our 10th anniversary, and I bow my head in sincere apology.