PLEDIS Clarifies Bullying Allegations Against SEVENTEEN’s Mingyu In New Statement
Carats from all over the world are celebrating after PLEDIS Entertainment stated that they had conversations with the alleged victim and Mingyu.
"We met up several times with the person who wrote regarding an incident that occurred when they attended the same hagwon as our artist and verified the facts," PLEDIS stated.
According to PLEDIS, Mingyu admitted that he did fool around with his classmates, but "he did not intentionally cause misery or humiliation to a specific individual." Furthermore, the agency shared that the idol expressed his apologies if the alleged victim happened to "feel discomfort or had a hard time due to his past actions" and clarified misunderstandings.
PLEDIS also shared that the other party accepted Mingyu's apology and hope that "no further arguments regarding this matter will arise and potentially cause harm to the writer."
Here's PLEDIS' official statement regarding the misunderstandings associated with their artist:
This is Pledis Entertainment.
We are informing you of additionally confirmed information regarding what was posted online regarding SEVENTEEN member Mingyu.
We met up several times with the person who wrote regarding an incident that occurred when they attended the same hagwon as our artist and verified the facts. As a result of this process, we resolved misunderstandings regarding this matter and mutually agreed to conclude this situation.
The writer of the post experienced various personal matters unrelated to our artist while attending middle school, and they said they wrote the post to make known what happened in middle school. They said they wrote about what happened at the hagwon during that process.
Regarding this, our artist answered that he did fool around with male students who were in his class at hagwon, but he did not intentionally cause misery or humiliation to a specific individual. However, if the writer happened to feel discomfort or had a hard time due to his past actions, he expressed an apology regarding this.
The writer accepted this, and since the beginning of our discussions, they said that they do not wish for this matter to cause his departure from the group or for him to halt activities.
We shared the above statement with the writer first so they can check its contents, and the writer agreed with the statement after checking it. Therefore, we hope that no further arguments regarding this matter will arise and potentially cause harm to the writer.
We have finished contacting and discussing with everyone from the post whose identities could be confirmed. We are additionally working on verifying facts regarding the remaining matters with those whose identities are not clearly confirmed. We will share a separate statement in the future regarding additionally verified matters."