Advertisements starring actor Kim Seon-ho have begun to be taken down following allegation that the star had demanded his girlfriend terminate her pregnancy.
The controversy erupted Sunday afternoon (Oct 17) when an online post surfaced in which the author, claiming to be an actor‘s girlfriend, alleged that “actor K” had urged her to have an abortion. The writer further claimed that Kim’s behaviour toward her changed after the abortion.
On Monday, reporter-turned-YouTuber Lee Jin-ho identified actor K as Kim Seon-ho.
While Kim and his agency, Salt Entertainment, stayed mum on the issue, advertisers quickly began taking down ads starring the actor.
Domino’s Pizza Korea took down ads and commercials starring Kim. Kim has also been removed from Domino‘s Pizza Korea’s official social media channels.
Canon Korea and food company Food Bucket have also taken down images and posts featuring Kim from their SNS accounts.
Meanwhile a statement was post online Monday by a group claiming to be Kim’s fans, asking the public to refrain from raising and spreading reckless speculation.
The statement also threatened legal action against spreading falsehoods and defamation.
On Tuesday morning, Salt Entertainment, in an email sent to reporters, said that the company was checking the facts surrounding the post uploaded Sunday.
Later Tuesday morning, the agency announced the cancellation of Kim‘s interviews with the press. Kim was scheduled to hold a press conference on Wednesday following the conclusion of the hit drama Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha on Sunday.
The 35-year-old starred as Hong Du-sik in the drama series that ranked at seventh place among TV shows on Netflix worldwide as of Monday. – The Korea Herald/Asia News Network