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Posted by jennywill AKP STAFF Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Kim Tae Hoon apologizes, but claims he was in a relationship with his accuser (despite being married to someone else)

Kim Tae Hoonmade an official statement on his sexual assault accusation.

His full statement reads,

"On February 28, 2018, there were two reports about me related to the #MeToo movement. I am feeling deep responsibility because even though I was a professor, a position which requires high moral standards, a report like this was made on an incident with a woman who was my student. I also wanted to apologize to the woman who says she was deeply hurt by me.

As I am sorry and must be responsible, I will leave my position as a professor of Sejong University, and stop all activities such as acting. I will leave all work and positions.

The size of the pain must be the same no matter what the actual relationship was. However, there was a difference between what I remember and what was reported. The second woman also said she felt betrayed by me after seeing the first report, so I unavoidably must make a statement.

The report on sexual harassment claimed that I had left Sejong University to another school, but still held a position of power, and sexually assaulted a student. I remember that this happened in 2000. After I graduated college, I studied abroad in Russia for 8 years and came back to Korea in 1999. I started teaching as an adjunct professor starting from Fall 1999. The woman in the first report took my class that fall and became my student. That year, my application as a regular professor to the Sejong University was rejected, and so I moved to the Suwon Women's College in 2000. However, in summer 2000, I worked with her once again as the male and female lead roles of an independent film. After that summer shoot, we continued to meet near the Suwon Women's College where I had moved to, and started a relationship. At the time, I had a spouse, and did things that I should not have as a person, and I deserve criticism. I dated her until 2001, and we broke up in fall that year for other reasons. I did not know that she had been hurt from dating me, and I want to apologize for that pain.

The second report on sexual harassment claimed that I sexually harassed a woman who was preparing a thesis at Sejong University's graduate school. I do not know the full situation from the short article, but our relationship is basically as I remember. However, I apologize once again for understanding differently from what the person actually felt. At the time, it had been a while since I had lost my spouse, and acted without fully understanding the level of attraction between us. I will accept all criticism on that matter. However, even after this, and even up until recently, we often contacted each other and asked how we were doing. I thought of her as an acting colleague, and am deeply sorry that I did not understand her pain.

In any situation, I have committed a grave wrong as a professor. I apologize once again to the women mentioned above that I have hurt, the Sejong University professors and staff, the acting sunbaes-hoobaes that believed in me, and my students who have trusted me."

What do you think of the effects of the #MeToo movement in Korea?

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