On May 27th Han Ji-sun sent a message through her agency. Han Ji-sun said that she had prayed for forgiveness from the taxi driver and his passengers. Han Ji-sun also said that she was reflecting on what she had done. This was her first public apology for the incident over the last eight months.
The extent to whether Han Ji-sun really needed to publically apologize at the time is ambiguous. Han Ji-sun's role as Ha-ni in "The Secret Life of My Secretary" was her first particularly noticeable one in the five years since her debut. Her filmography is filled with minor roles until 2018, where she has a high billed one in the web drama "Barefoot Diva".
That drama aired in August of 2018, about a month before the taxi driver incident. Han Ji-sun's agency has emphasized that she has accepted the legal consequences for her actions and will continue to abide by those penalties. They noted that while there was no excuse for what Han Ji-sun had done, she had acknowledged her fault and was reflecting on her actions.
Han Ji-sun was fired from "The Secret Life of My Secretary" on May 24th following prolonged public outrage over the taxi driver story. The public apology even in spite of this firing suggests that Han Ji-sun is still hopeful for a future in the South Korean entertainment industry.
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 email@example.com.
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