Jo Byung Kyu updated his personal Instagram in response to his alleged school bullying victim's claims.
On March 10th, Jo Byung Kyu made a lengthy post on his personal Instagram after his alleged school bullying victim claimed Jo Byung Kyu's agency threatened him. He wrote:
"I did not want to respond to anonymous malicious posts anymore, but I couldn't stand this time. How can I prove that I am not the culprit? How am I supposed to remember everything that happened 11 to 16 years ago? Yes, it is true that I am not a saint who never hurt anyone and was a friend to everyone. I was once bullied just because I was skinny and small. Am I the victim from now on?
I believe a school is a place to learn how to become a good and well-functioning adult in society before you form your identity. I admit there were trials and errors while I growing up. But within legal and ethical boundaries. I won't deny that. Why do I have to apologize for something I have not done in my childhood before I even wanted to become an actor? If this is something I have to be sorry about, I'll apologize.
I'm sorry. I never friended everyone in my school or class. I was friends with a few and they were good people. I believe my narrow network and my apathy towards the people outside of my clique were the issues. My career of 10 years is already ruined. I can't calculate how much damage that the accusatory post has accrued. Mental damage? I couldn't stare straight whenever I went outside and I couldn't sleep for the past few weeks. I am pleading to pathos but the anonymous post is telling the truth?
My lawyer and agency never pressured you for money and if that came across as a threat, how am I supposed to reach out to you, who is residing overseas and hiding the identity? You reached out to my lawyer through your acquaintance, asking for forgiveness. Why do you send your apology through your acquaintance and ask the legal opinion? I don't understand. And don't you dare to blame others for your negligence at your work. He is well aware of how bringing up this issue as a gossip would damage me tremendously.
Accomplice. I think you'd know better why you'd think there is one.. Thank you for leveling the playing field. I don't want to make my agency and my people suffer anymore. I wanted to keep my dignity but I am a person too. I am going to chase down the accuser and malicious commenter to the end, to protect myself."