Chorong, of Apink, has shared a personal statement about allegations of school violence that have been made against her.
On April 1, Apink’s Play M Entertainment agency announced that they had taken legal action against a childhood friend of Chorong’s who had allegedly been threatening him with false claims. In the following days, the childhood friend in question – known only by his last name, Kim – made his allegations public, accusing Chorong of slapping him in the face and kicking the cane. when they were students.
Kim, who revealed that he intended to file a lawsuit against Play M Entertainment over his false accusations, claimed that Chorong had initially admitted violence before resuming his words and changing his story. He also posted photos of Chorong drinking when he was still a minor.
On April 6, Chorong posted a statement on Instagram in which he apologized for drinking underage, but reaffirmed his innocence regarding allegations of school violence.
Hi, this is Park Chorong. We apologize for greeting you regarding an unfortunate matter.
First, before I explain the recent facts, I apologize for worrying people about photos of my drink when I was a minor. I have hurt everyone who has supported me through my immature and foolish deeds since I was a child. There is no room for excuses, and I sincerely apologize.
As for the topic that was recently known [to the public], began in late February and continues for about a month. During that time, I put a lot of effort into trying to communicate in a friendly way, but it didn’t end up working that way, which I find very unfortunate. I read the reports and interviews related to me that were posted yesterday.
Although things have escalated to this point due to a misunderstanding between us, I feel even more tortured because I still have memories of being friends. [with that person] starting from elementary school to high school, playing together and spending time together, so I feel terrible to the point that I can’t express it. But I want to repeat once again that, as far as widespread lies are concerned, I am completely innocent to the end.
Never, at any time, did I slap Mrs. Kim in the face as she claimed, I took off my clothes or committed violence against her. With regard to this matter, I will do my utmost to fully prove my innocence by the testimony of those present and the transcripts of my calls with Mrs. Kim.
Finally, I have terribly hurt all the fans who have encouraged me and supported me for the ten years since my debut. I was afraid that because of this incident you might feel that my sincere words and actions so far were insincere, and I was also afraid to disappoint the fans who have supported and believed in me.
I feel nothing but apologizing to my fellow Apink colleagues, our fans, our agency staff, and all the people who have helped me. To all our fans and Apink members, I apologize for having to broadcast this kind of news on our 10th anniversary and bow my head with sincere apology.