Choi Jong Bum was indicted for threatening to release sex videos of himself and Hara, and he also faced charges for causing bodily harm, coercion, and destruction and damage of property. On May 14, he made the following apology on Instagram:
"I want to sincerely apologize for causing so many people worry. All this time, I wasn't able to respond to contacts from friends, acquaintances, and people who cared for me because my KakaoTalk account is gone. I apologize once again for making so many people worry for so long and for causing disappointment. I want to live in repentance for causing such deep disappointment to my peers who trusted and worked with me, the people who supported me, and my family.
With this kind of heart and with the help and support of others, I've been able to open up a salon after all this time. I'm lacking in a lot of ways, but as always, I'll do my best as a beautician."
In related news, Choi Jong Bum denied threatening or assaulting Hara during his first trial.