[HanCinema's News] Cho Jae-hyun's Career Still Uncertain Following Sexual Harassment Allegations
By William Schwartz | Published on
Cho Jae-hyun has long been a high profile actor in the South Korean film industry, but since his abrupt disappearance from "Cross" there are no indications that he is making a comeback. Though he pledged to try and make a turnaround from his guilty heart following an admission that he had sexually harassed junior staff, Cho Jae-hyun now seems permanently out of the South Korean entertainment industry.
Part of the issue might be that Cho Jae-hyun has always had a fairly high fee. Normally he's paid around fifteen thousand dollars for episode. For his leading role in "Cross", Cho Jae-hyun was paid around twenty five thousand dollars per episode. There is no indication that Cho Jae-hyun attempted to return or donate this money to make amends for his crime. Even his co-actress, Jeon So-min, has been unforgiving, stating that the priority should be making sure there are no further victims.
The situation turned worse for Cho Jae-hyun when a victim appeared alleging that he had assaulted her back in 2004, when she was only seventeen years old. Charges were eventually dropped, as Cho Jae-hyun insisted that they had a consensual six month relationship. However, even that justification was of little help to Cho Jae-hyun's professional reputation, particularly given that he was married at the time.
Since then Cho Jae-hyun has had to sell his own property and close his own production company as well as losing other means of income. Even his daughter, Cho Hye-jung, had to suspend her entertainment industry career because of him. It is with shame that Cho Jae-hyun will now ultimately be remembered not for his acting work, but as a major spark for the #MeToo movement in South Korea.
Written by William Schwartz
Staff writer. Has been writing articles for HanCinema since 2012, having lived in South Korea since 2011. Started out in Gyeongju, then to Daegu, then to Ansan, then to Yeongju, then to Seoul, lived on the road for HanCinema's travel diaries series in the summer of 2016, and is currently settled in Anyang. Has good tips for utilizing South Korea's public bus system. William Schwartz can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org. He also has a substack at williamschwartz.substack.com where he discusses the South Korean film industry in broader terms and takes suggestions for future movies to review.