Though two netizens were already fined and convicted in May of 2015, Woollim took extra legal steps against three netizens. Netizen A at first reached out to the agency for a more favorable penalty, but A then conspired with B and C to spread malicious rumors concerning Lovelyz and Woollim.
On August 19, Woollim Entertainment revealed A, B, and C were cleared of charges of defamation of character and spreading malicious rumors, and the label has already submitted an appeal. Woollim explained the defendants were given the option of settling and the label was willing to be lenient as they were minors, but afterwards, they once again spread rumors online to slander Seo Ji Soo.
The label concluded, "The lack of indictment due to lack of evidence will harm Seo Ji Soo's life, and we will not give in to lies. We'll take strong action to reveal the truth." The prosecutor on the case acquitted A, B, and C due to lack of evidence, but again, Woollim has submitted an appeal for another trial.
In late 2014, rumors that Seo Ji Soo sexually assaulted and sent nude pictures of at least one girl at her school began circulating online. The netizens who started the rumors were found guilty of spreading false rumors and defamation of character, arrested for summary offense, and fined.
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