Throughout the years, there have been a couple of times when Korean celebrities received backlash for leaked audio and video. Here’s a list of four times when Korean celebrities received backlash for leaked audio and video.
1. Former BOYS24 member Hwayoung making disrespectful comments about fans
Hwayoung faced immense backlash after an audio clip got leaked, where he could be heard making disrespectful comments about fans.
I like being called oppa, not when I hear it from fans though, I fucking hate that. Ya, Fuck. It’s so annoying when we do the Hi-Touch.
You know, the Hi-Touch? Like when you hold hands and greet fans after the concert is over. Everyday I go through like 700~800 people and I feel like I’m going to puke.
After this audio clip got leaked, he got kicked out of BOYS24.
2. Leaked video showing that Yewon had been disrespectful towards Lee Tae Im
In 2015, there were some reports that Lee Tae Im had cursed at Yewon, which caused some netizens to question Lee Tae Im’s personality. However, a leaked video showed that Lee Tae Im was cursing since Yewon was speaking informally to her.
Netizens then commented on how they understood why Lee Tae Im was so upset and expressed their disappointment towards Yewon.
3. Victim leaking evidence to prove that Som Hein was a bully
Som Hein was a contestant on the show Idol School who left the show due to her struggling with anorexia.
The reason why I withdrew was because of my anorexia. I had anorexia before shooting started, but I was ignorant about it and I didn’t think of it too seriously. So, I went ahead with filming, but my health was bad to begin with, so I couldn’t keep up with the filming schedule.
— Som Hein
However, some speculate that the real reason she left the show was due to her past. A girl named Choi Min Kyung came out and revealed that Som Hein had bullied her in the past. One of their phone calls even got leaked.
Choi Min Kyung: Right. After moving, I transferred schools but I couldn’t attend because I couldn’t look anyone in the face. So for three years I couldn’t do anything but prepare for hairdressing, but I started to think, ‘What would I ever do if I feared people so much?’ so I went back to school.
But still, as I told you, I don’t think I can look at anyone like me again. Anyway, in your perspective, you might be scared, but it was your choice.
Som Hein: I know I made that choice, so I know it was wrong. I know I shouldn’t have, but I was scared, and I did it out of fear. I shouldn’t have hit you, this is definitely something that can’t be rationalized. I gave you a scar that you’ll have with you for the rest of your life. That’s right. I gave you hell and made you suffer. I can’t rationalize this at all.”
— Leaked phone call
While Som Hein did apologize to Choi Min Kyung, she stated that she didn’t want to see Som Hein ever again.
She may have apologized, but that apology won’t erase the traumatic childhood I had or the unforgettable scars she gave me. I hope she confesses her sins and lives so that she never appears in my line of sight ever again.
— Choi Min Kyung
4. Oh Hyun Kyung facing backlash after a video of her got leaked online
In 1998, Oh Hyun Kyung’s career came to a halt when a video of her having sexual intercourse with her boyfriend was leaked online. Despite there being proof that the video was filmed without her consent and was used by her boyfriend with malicious intent, Oh Hyun Kyung still received backlash. This caused her to go into a hiatus that would last nearly a decade. However, Oh Hyun Kyung made her return to acting in 2007, and it was a success.