Choi Jin Hyuk Halts All Activities + Steps Down From “My Little Old Boy” After Violating COVID-19 Regulations
Choi Jin Hyuk has announced that he will be halting all activities after being caught violating COVID-19 prevention regulations.
On October 8, Choi Jin Hyuk’s agency G-Tree Creative issued a formal apology explaining that the actor had unintentionally visited a bar that was in violation of COVID-19 prevention regulations, without knowing that it was illegal for the bar to be open.
The agency stated, “On October 6, Choi Jin Hyuk violated COVID-19 prevention regulations while meeting up with an acquaintance. Choi Jin Hyuk’s acquaintance took him to a bar that he said could stay open until 10 p.m., and Choi Jin Hyuk had no idea that the bar was open illegally. Therefore, he mistakenly thought that there would be no problem with staying there until 10 p.m.”
“He ended up at that place because his acquaintance recommended it while they were looking for a quiet place to talk,” continued the agency. “However, because it was a bar that was not allowed to be open under the current level of social distancing guidelines, he was caught for violating COVID-19 prevention regulations at about 8:20. He is truly ashamed of his ignorance and wrongdoing in not properly checking the COVID-19 prevention guidelines and not being more vigilant, and he is aware that there is no excuse for his behavior. With his head bowed, he apologizes.”
Finally, G-Tree Creative concluded, “[Choi Jin Hyuk] is reflecting deeply and will be mindful not to repeat this kind of mistake ever again in the future. As an agency, we will also always do everything we can to manage our celebrities.”
As part of his hiatus, Choi Jin Hyuk will be stepping down from SBS’s popular variety show “My Little Old Boy,” on which he is currently appearing as a regular. The program will also be editing out the actor as much as possible from footage that has already been filmed for future episodes.
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