UPDATED April 12:
The management agencies of Kim Jung-hyun and Seo Yea-ji have released initial statements about the scandal involving the two famous stars.
Currently in conflict with Kim Jung-hyun over the length of his contract with them, O& Entertainment said, “We don’t know anything about this. We have nothing to say since we are currently in dispute with the actor.”
Meanwhile, Gold Medalist stated on behalf of Seo Yea-ji, “We are verifying this.” Seo has just been nominated for Best Actress at the 2021 Baeksang Arts Awards for her role in the tvN drama It’s Okay To Not Be Okay (2020).
Earlier, Dispatch revealed that Kim Jung-hyun and Seo Yea-ji are former lovers, and their relationship was highly toxic to the point that Kim avoided any skinship towards his then onscreen partner Seohyun and even made her cry at times because of his offensive actions.
Original: Dispatch: Seo Yea-ji manipulated Kim Jung-hyun to act rudely towards Seohyun in ‘The Time’
Another explosive controversy involving Mr. Queen actor Kim Jung-hyun has surfaced, this time, revealing his old romantic ties with actress Seo Yea-ji and how the It’s Okay To Not Be Okay star allegedly influenced his rude behavior towards Girls’ Generation’s Seohyun (Private Lives).
A report by online media outlet Dispatch Korea has shocked the entertainment industry after it named Seo Yea-ji, Kim Jung-hyun’s rumored ex-girlfriend, as one of the reasons behind the actor’s early exit from his previous drama The Time (2018), despite being its male lead. His agency O& Entertainment claimed Kim’s “health issues” caused him to act unprofessionally towards his then leading lady Seohyun during the drama’s press conference and eventually led to him leaving the cast halfway through the project.
However, Dispatch is now shedding a different light on the issue, stating, “Three years ago, we received a lead on Kim Jung-hyun’s unpleasant attitude. We also secured some text messages between him and Seo Yea-ji.” Below are excerpts from the said conversation:
Seo Yea-ji: Stiff Kim, refrain from all physical contact.
Kim Jung-hyun: Yes, ma’am.
Seo: Why don’t you report what you did today?
Kim: I didn’t even say hello to any female staff. Totally acted uninterested to everyone else.
Kim: Only you can touch my hand.
Seo: Do everything without passion. No physical contact.
Kim: Yes, ma’am. I’m Stiff Kim!
Seo: Are you behaving yourself?
Seo: How did you greet people?
Kim: (sent a video) I didn’t even say hi.
Seo: You don’t have to say hello to them [staff] anyway. If they do it first then you can respond gruffly.
Kim: I keep on reading my script. Without doing anything else.
Seo: Adjust the script so it won’t have any romantic scenes.
Kim: Yeah, I’m reading the script.
Seo: Okay, do your best. No romance or physical contact.
Meanwhile, here are anonymous statements from insiders and staff members regarding what actually happened on the set of The Time:
“He constantly requested to adjust the script on set. If his requests weren’t met, he then ran out and dry heaved.”
“Writer Choi [Ho-chul] had his cecum removed so he had to write while having a blood bag attached. Everyone was serious on the project.”
“The press release incident was unprecedented. Whenever Seohyun tried to immerse herself in the role, he would block her. She had hard times. Cried a lot.”
“There was a scene where Seohyun was to be hit by a car, and Kim said he would just stop the car with his hands. He’s not Iron Man.”
Recently, Kim Jung-hyun has gotten involved in a wave of controversies, including a contract dispute with his agency and dating rumors with his Crash Landing on You (2019–2020) co-star Seo Ji-hye.