The Penthouse S2 star Choi Ye Bin embroiled in school violence allegations; Agency Responds

Choi Ye Bin's agency J WIDE Company issued an official statement and threatened legal action against defamation. Read below for details.
The Penthouse S2 star Choi Ye Bin embroiled in school violence allegations; Agency Responds
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Upcoming actor Choi Ye Bin, who portrays Ha Eun Byeol, Cheo Seo Jin's troubled daughter in The Penthouse is embroiled in serious school violence allegations by a former classmate. The anonymous user, who claims to have gone to middle school with Choi Ye Bin wrote in an online community post that they had been reminded of the past after seeing the actress in The Penthouse 2. She stated that The Penthouse 2 star bullied her in middle school in a similar fashion, the character she portrays in the hit makjang drama. The writer of the post further claimed that Choi Ye Bin had already apologized to them by text in their third year of middle school, but that someone else had forced her to do so.

Now, Ye Bin's agency J Wide Company has come forward and denied all the claims made by the anonymous user. According to Star News, via Soompi, they apologized to fans for causing them trouble and also clarified that Choi Ye Bin has categorically denied all the allegations against her. They further clarified that they asked common friends and acquaintances too and they unanimously agreed with Ye Bin's version as the truth. They also warned that they will be taking legal action against those who thoughtlessly spread this content and those who invent or share malicious rumours in the future.

You can read the full statement below:

E-Company then responded with the following statement:

Hello, this is J WIDE-Company.

First, we sincerely apologize for the fact that we have given many people cause for concern through this unfortunate matter related to actress Choi Ye Bin.

We are making a statement to inform you of our company’s position regarding the current online community post related to Choi Ye Bin.

We first learned of the post’s content after it was uploaded, and the first thing we did was to check with the actress herself whether it was true. After checking, we learned that the truth was different from what the writer of the post had claimed. We also decided that we could not determine the precise truth based on the actress’s memories alone, so we checked with other people and acquaintances who were around [back then], but everyone confirmed that the truth was different from the content of the post.

We are informing you that we will be doing our utmost to prevent more people from becoming victims in the future due to this matter.

Additionally, we are informing you that we will be taking legal action against those who thoughtlessly spread this content and those who invent or share malicious rumours.

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