BLACK6IX’s Kim Hyun Jae has stepped down from JTBC’s idol survival program “Peak Time.”

Recently, allegations of school violence were made against Kim Hyun Jae, who is currently competing on “Peak Time” as a member of Team 24:00. He previously denied the allegation, and on March 13, he took to his personal instagram and shared, “I decided to step down [from the show] thinking that I can no longer cause harm to the ‘Peak Time’ program and the members of Team 24:00 while waiting for my innocence to be proven.”

The same day, the production team of “Peak Time” released an official statement announcing that contestant Kim Hyun Jae will be stepping down from the show due to the ongoing controversy.

Read the full statement below:

This is the production team of JTBC’s “Peak Time.”

We have been trying to be very careful in figuring out the facts of this case in which the two parties are making different claims so that no innocent victim will be generated.

Today, after discussing and judging that this issue cannot be clearly concluded in a short period of time, the production team decided that Kim Hyun Jae willl be stepping down from the show.

Even at this moment, all participants are working hard to prove their values and protect their teams.

We ask for your support for all the teams who are taking on the challenges with hope, and we will do our best to present viewers with great stages until the end.

Thank you.

“Peak Time” is an idol survival show in which teams compete for the chance to become the next “worldwide idol group.” Unlike other audition programs, its contestants consist entirely of male idols who have already debuted, whether currently active or part of a disbanded group, and they compete “anonymously” under temporary group names that correspond to different hours of the day.

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