Seo Ye Ji- Kim Jung Hyun scandal: Kim Jung Hyun Writes Letter Of Apology For His Behavior During 2018 Drama “Time”: Is this scandal the fall of his rising fame?

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Kim Jung Hyun has released a handwritten letter of apology regarding his behavior while filming the 2018 drama “Time,” which he starred in with Girls’ Generation’s Seohyun. At the time, Kim Jung Hyun had only been criticized for his behavior at the drama’s press conference.

Recently, Dispatch published a report stating that several scenes in the drama that included physical contact between Kim Jung Hyun and Seohyun had been modified or removed from the script. Dispatch further revealed text messages shared between Kim Jung Hyun and Seo Ye Ji, his girlfriend at the time. The conversations suggested that Seo Ye Ji was manipulating Kim Jung Hyun into avoiding contact with female staff and actors including his co-star and telling him to change the script accordingly.

Read more about the recent controversy with Seo Ye Ji and Kim Hyun Hyun.

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K-drama actress Seo Ye-ji, 31, who has in the past week been embroiled in controversy over how she had allegedly controlled her ex-boyfriend Kim Jung-hyun, has lost a slew of endorsement deals. Seo Ye-ji, whose appearance in 2020’s It’s Okay to Not Be Okay made her a huge international star, is facing what may be the biggest crisis of her career.

The actress has been the subject of allegations that she bullied her then boyfriend, actor Kim Jung-hyun, while he was filming the 2018 MBC drama Time, causing him to drop out of the drama. These allegations were followed by allegations from former middle school classmates who said that the actress bullied them during school. Seo Ye-ji’s agency, Gold Medalist, released a statement on April 12, denying the bullying allegations and any role in Kim Jung-hyun leaving the drama Time. The scandal has reignited earlier claims that Seo bullied her former classmates and staff, and even lied about studying abroad in Madrid.

On April 13, Seo Ye Ji’s agency issued a statement admitting that she and Kim Jung Hyun had been dating at the time, but they denied that Seo Ye Ji was the cause behind Kim Jung Hyun’s behavior. The agency stated that Kim Jung Hyun would be sharing a separate statement soon.

READ THE COMPLETE ARTICLE ON SEO YE JI’S SCANDAL: K-drama’s biggest scandal: Actress Seo Ye-ji loses advertisement deals, dropped from new k-drama for bullying, accusations were made that she ‘controlled’ boyfriend Kim Jung-hyun

Kim Jung Hyun’s Apology letter 

“Hello. This is Kim Jung Hyun.

The drama “Time” was the first work I played a leading role in as an actor, so it was also a very meaningful project to me. But I brought deep disappointment and pain upon the director, screenwriter, fellow actors, and staff. I apologize.

My memories of the “Time” press conference remain in my head like shards. Even I cannot forgive my attitude at the time. I have so much regret that I wish I could turn back time.

I brought the shameful incident upon myself due to personal issues. I was not able to fulfill my responsibility as the drama’s protagonist and an actor. I apologize without making any excuses.

The process in which I dropped out of the drama “Time” and the behavior I showed at the press conference were all wrong. I sincerely apologize to actress Seohyun who was hurt because of it as well as all other related personnel who worked hard at the time.

I believe I should pay a visit to each of the “Time” staff members and those who were hurt by me and personally apologize to them. Even if it takes a long time, I will go to the director and screenwriter of “Time,” the actors, and all of the staff members who worked [on “Time”] and ask for forgiveness.

I apologize to my agency O& Entertainment as morally right, and I also apologize to Culture Depot for causing them to be mentioned in a disgraceful way. I also genuinely apologize to my fans who always supported me, believed in me, and waited for me.

I bow my head in apology to everyone I caused discomfort to. As I was writing this letter, I was able to reflect on my mistakes and wrong behavior. If I am given the opportunity, I will take nothing for granted and work hard to become a healthy actor who reflects on and manages himself. I am sorry.”

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kim jung hyun's letter
kim jung hyun’s letter

Meanwhile, Kim Jung Hyun is reportedly in conflict with O& Entertainment regarding his exclusive contract. According to reports, Kim Jung Hyun is stating that his contract should expire this May as written in the contract, while the agency argues that his hiatus should not be included in the duration of the contract. Kim Jung Hyun took an 11-month hiatus since his departure from “Time” in 2018 until he returned to acting through “Crash Landing on You” in December 2019.


He was last seen in the lead role in the super hit drama “Mr Queen”, which surprised with extremely high viewership ratings. The drama kept a hold of the top spot in ratings the entire time it was on air. Before smashing his role of the king in Mr Queen, Kim was seen in another hit drama “Crash Landing On You” along side Hyun Bin and Son Ye Jin.

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