Cho Jae-hyun opens up about his reaction to the accusations and what he plans to do next.
Actor Cho Jae-Hyun (53), who is accused of sexual harassment as part of the “Me Too” movement, has admitted to the accusations.
Through a letter of admission released on February 24, the actor said “I’ll confess I’ve been wrong. I have been acting for nearly 30 years, and I have made a lot of mistakes and am guilty of inappropriate remarks and actions toward my colleagues, staff, and juniors.” The letter continues with, “I am a criminal. I bow my head to apologize to the injured victims.”
He continued his apology, writing ” For now on I am going to spend time reflecting on my life with a desire to make amends to my victims. I am really sorry.”
The accusation of sexual harassment against Cho Jae-hyun started when actress Choi Yool made a “Me Too” social media post on the 23rd mentioning the actor. Many other actors names in the post are currently being investigated or have also admitted fault.
Initially, Cho says, “When the rumor first came out about me, I tried to explain that it wasn’t exactly the truth. However, I came across an interview with a whistleblower who raised other suspicions. I was embarrassed, but I couldn’t recall the contents (the suspicions) of the article. Until then, I was thinking ‘this is slander […] I felt like a monster and was disgusted by my attempt to avoid my past thoughts, arrogance, and actions — even temporarily.”
Acting History & Leaving “Cross”
Cho Jae-hyun is a veteran actor who has starred in over two dozen films and drama series. Some of these include “The Wright” (2013), “Jeong DoJeon” (2014), and “Scandal: A Shocking and Wrongful Incident” (2013) that earned him awards. Currently, Cho is a main character in the tVN medical drama “Cross.” However, in light of the accusations and his confession, the show producers have said he will be leaving the drama.
On February 25, the producers of the show made an official announcement regarding Cho. “Our production team is trying to get [Cho’s] character out as soon as possible.”
Unfortunately, given his role as a lead character, they will have to find a way to work him out of the plot. However, until they do, they are planning to gradually decrease the importance of his character. “Since we have already shot episodes 9 and 10, we will be editing out Cho Jae-hyun as much as possible, while retaining the integrity of the story. More, we are internally discussing his departure after the 12th episode, but this has not been finalized.
Additionally, the production team added that they would try their best to “make sure that the staff and viewers are not uncomfortable in light of [Cho’s] controversy.”
Translated by O.C
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