After Han Jong Yeon's profile was released on the official website of 'Produce 101' season 2, a netizen claiming to be a former classmate of the trainee revealed a shocking story, stating that he was bullied and forced to masturbate in front of others by Han Jong Yeon.
On March 17, Maroo Entertainment shared an official statement regarding the controversy. It stated,
"After reading the post, we, Maroo Entertainment, personally met with the poster and apologized, and Han Jong Yeon expressed desires to take time of reflection. We sincerely apologize to the friend who was hurt, the producers who're working hard for 'Produce 101', CJ E&M associates, the fellow trainees who are working their best for their dreams, and all the supportive fans. We send a sincere apology to the friend who was hurt by Han Jong Yeon and announce that he decided to leave the show."
However, the label emphasized that Han Jong Yeon is not the one who forced the shocking actions. Maroo Entertainment stated, "It's confirmed with the poster that the classmate involved with provocative acts such as forced masturbation is, in fact, not Han Jong Yeon. We plan to take strict legal action against malicious rumors."