Since June, Korean actor Nam Joo Hyuk has been accused of being a bully in school. Although the actor’s agency debunked the rumors, another person came forth, condemning the Twenty-Five Twenty-One actor for bullying him throughout high school. Korean tabloid, Dispatch, finally published a report to dispel the rumors by interviewing the actor’s former classmates and teachers.
The second person who claimed to have been bullied by Nam Joo Hyuk, “A,” recalled, “When I was in high school, Nam Joo Hyuk would physically attack and verbally abuse me. He would shun me.” In addition, “A” explained that Nam Joo Hyuk frequently took his cellphone to download apps and games that cost money. When asked to pay back the money, Nam Joo Hyuk would then challenge “A” to a spar.
As a victim of bullying, “A” said he developed major anxiety, “It’s been awhile, and I’ve managed to put my painful memories aside all these years, but when I saw Nam Joo Hyuk in the movie I was watching, my scars were cut open again. I felt so much pain.”
Management Company Denies Bullying Accusations
In response to the accusations, Nam Joo Hyuk’s company rebutted, “We’ve confirmed that the words from the accuser are false. Both the company and the actor are heavily affected by this – please take into consideration the feelings of the actor and his family.”
“Dispatch” Interviews Former Classmates and Teachers
Korean outlet, Dispatch, investigated Nam Joo Hyuk’s character by interviewing 18 of his former classmates and 2 high school teachers. His former classmates slammed the bullying claims, and said Nam Joo Hyuk would often step up to dispel an argument. Instead of asking students to buy him snacks, Nam Joo Hyuk would often help others buy snacks as he often spent time in the cafeteria.
In the report, Nam Joo Hyuk’s former teachers released their real names as a means to authenticate their identities. They described the actor possessing a good character and sense of justice, who was very likable among other students. However, his grades were mediocre and his biggest fault was being late to classes. His teachers were outraged by the bullying allegations, and hope their statements can put the rumors to rest.
This article is written by Su for JayneStars.com.