Onew made an official apology regarding his sexual harassment controversy on December 4, and SM Entertainment further stated he didn't apologize due to a boycott of 'SM Greetings 2018'. However, the apology and follow-up did not satisfy all Shawols.
On December 5, fans on online community DCInside SHINee gallery requested Onew leave the group. In the fan group's statement, they stated that because the majority of SHINee's fandom is made up of women, it's impossible to accept and support Onew's activities on an ethical level. They further said Onew's sexual harassment incident has damaged SHINee's reputation, adding, "We strongly demand the withdrawal of Onew for the smooth operation of SHINee's activites and the survival of the group."
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