On the morning of February 4th an allegation involving "Crash Landing on You" actor Lee Shin-young began to circulate online. Though the allegation did not mention Lee Shin-young by name, it was clearly referencing the performer as being complicit in bullying back in middle school.
However, subsequent discussion among persons claiming to be classmates of Lee Shin-young has created a murkier picture of what exactly happened.
The chaotic situation took both Lee Shin-young as well as his agency, Forest Entertainment, off-guard. Forest Entertainment was ambiguous in its original response, expressing sympathy for the victims of these events while not specifically conceding that Lee Shin-young engaged in bullying. In a more recent statement Forest Entertainment flatly denied the allegations as being without merit and threatened legal action against those who propagated it.
Online commenters who claimed to be privy to the relevant events, including those making the original posts, wrote that they could not clearly remember what had happened since so much time had passed. According to one friend of Lee Shin-young there was a fistfight and angry argument over the phone, though neither was particularly large scale and were too short to be clearly witnessed by anyone.
The alleged incident took place while Lee Shin-young was in seventh grade. Despite concerns that the controversy could result in Lee Shin-young getting kicked out of "Crash Landing on You", the issue has almost entirely died down due to a lack of supporting anecdotes.
Written by William Schwartz
"Crash Landing on You" is directed by Lee Jeong-hyo, written by Park Ji-eun, and features Hyun Bin, Son Ye-jin, Seo Ji-hye, Kim Jung-hyun, Kim Sun-young-III, Kim Jung-nan. Broadcasting information in Korea: 2019/12/14~Now airing, Sat, Sun 21:00 on tvN.
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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