Apink’s Agency Shares Update On Legal Action For Accusations Against Chorong
On November 22, the agency shared a report from the artist’s legal representative that states that the informant, also Chorong’s childhood friend, has been found guilty on charges of making threats on false information and will be forwarded to the prosecution.
The update from Taerim, the responsible law firm, is as follows:
This is Taerim, the law firm acting as Apink’s Chorong’s legal representative.
The following is a report on the results of the police investigation regarding Chorong’s (hereinafter referred to as “client”) lawsuit.
As a result of the the investigation, the informant was found guilty on charges of making threats on false information will be forwarded to the prosecution.
Around early March 2021 along with the influx of of accusations regarding school violence that occurred around that time, the informant in question sent emails regarding the client’s personal life including false claims to several entertainment and social issue reporters. The informant then told the client about this while advising her to retire from the entertainment industry.
In response, we represented the client in issuing a certificate requesting the informant to halt further actions. However, the informant did not stop making false reports. As a result, we filed a criminal complaint against the informant to the Seoul Gangnam Police Station on April 1, 2021.
Over the next seven months, the police investigated the case and strived to reveal as much of the truth as possible through various efforts, including interrogating the client, informant, witnesses, and acquaintances of both the client and informant.
In the end, it has been decided that the informant utilized the heightened interest surrounding school violence to make threats to the client based on false information. The informant did so by fabricating evidence such as edited recordings or irrelevant photos and releasing them to the public. With this decision, the informant has been forwarded to the prosecution.
It has also been determined that it is difficult to confirm that the informant’s allegations regarding an act of violence during their high school years are true because testimonies of the client, informant, and acquaintances are all different.
In regards to this, we will do our best to pursue an investigation that gets to the bottom of the case until the absolute truth is revealed.
We hope that this report provides relief from the serious struggles and internal pain this case, which was based on unconfirmed false information and aggravated by false, exaggerated, and assuming media reports, has caused both the client and her fans.
We sincerely ask that you refrain from making false, exaggerated, and assuming reports until the official investigation is concluded to maintain the central purpose of the case. We would also like to inform you that we will take strict legal action in response to posting or sharing such baseless allegations on various online communities or social media.