APRIL’s Naeun Accepts Apology For False School Violence Accusation + Withdraws Legal Action
The statement released on January 7 reads as follows:
Hello. This is DSP Media.
This is a statement regarding results of the investigation on a school violence accusation made against our artist Lee Naeun.
Last March, a post on an online community accused Lee Naeun of school violence in elementary school. However, this was false information that is completely different from the truth, so we filed a legal complaint against “A,” who wrote the post, for spreading false information.
We collected adequate evidence to prove that the information in the post was false and submitted it for the investigation. After several months of investigation, the police confirmed a defamation charge for “A” due to spreading false information, and “A” was forwarded to the prosecution with recommendation for indictment.
Meanwhile, “A” continuously expressed hopes to apologize to Lee Naeun with self-reflection for what they did wrong, and they relayed a letter written to Lee Naeun.
Lee Naeun accepted the apology from “A” and decided to withdraw the legal complaint. We are sharing this information with fans who have waited for a long time with unchanging support.
We also once again emphasize that we will take action without leniency against acts of creating and spreading rumors with groundless false information.
In the letter, “A” wrote, “The information that I wrote as the truth is all false, there are no victims including myself, and Lee Naeun is not a perpetrator of school violence.”
“A” continues, “I was jealous of Lee Naeun who was always bright and actively getting along with many friends compared to my quiet self that lacked a presence in elementary school. Feeling an inferiority complex compared to Lee Naeun, I wrote a post completely different from the truth, acting like it was something I experienced myself. I did an extremely wrong deed against Lee Naeun and her agency.”
The letter concludes, “I once again sincerely apologize to Lee Naeun and DSP media who were greatly harmed by the false post I wrote along with Lee Naeun’s fans who must have been very troubled. I will live while self-reflecting forever. I really sincerely apologize.”