Though he previously denied the accusations, Oh Dal Soo has now come forward following actress Uhm Ji Young's public interview about her traumatizing experience with the actor on JTBC's 'News Room'. On February 28, he released the following statement:
"This is Oh Dal Soo. The series of events that are happening are all my fault. I'm genuinely sorry for troubling so many people, and I bow my head in apology to everyone I've hurt in the past and present. It's all my fault, and I'm the only one to blame. I went through a very difficult time the past few days.
In the midst of the criticism I'd received for a delayed statement, I honestly could not remember clearly the people who've been hurt. I was scared people would question why I didn't remember anything, but it was truthfully how I felt. I'm deeply reflecting about this.
After reading comments and media reports, I tried to remember again by asking acquaintances from the time. However, it's true the interview information is different than what I remember. I wanted to confirm everything and talk to her face to face. I felt so frustrated. I'll bear all the criticism I faced for not expressing my feelings at an earlier time and stating it never happened. I apologize.
To 'A,' if it's who I'm thinking of, you were a very shy and kind person with a strong identity. You were skilled in writing, so I suggested you wrote a play or novel. I'm already like a trapped animal with my limbs cut off, but I'll endure it all. I'm aware that in this world, fame and luck can come and go quickly. Twenty five years ago, I had romantic feelings. I sincerely apologize for the pain I caused. I feel very guilty that people had to go through life with all this pain. I know it's hard now, but I hope your wounds eventually heal. If there is a specific way 'A' wants to handle this, I can follow her wishes.
To actress Uhm Ji Young, I'm deeply sorry that you had to appear on TV because of me as a teacher to young students. Whatever I say will sound like an excuse and no one will believe me, but my heart is aching. I'll accept all the stern rebukes. Uhm Ji Young, please comfort your heart and stay healthy. I'll reflect on the life I've lived, and I'll live with a remorseful heart.
In conclusion, I won't avoid the consequences of my actions. I'm sorry to those who've gotten hurt a second and third time because of me. I've hurt the people who've given me so much undeserved support. I'm sorry once again."