Following the school violence controversy that surrounded actor Ji Soo earlier this month, his agency, KeyEast, has confirmed that the actor will be enlisting in the military this year.
In line with the incident, Ji Soo released a handwritten apology for his past behavior through his Instagram account. Apart from his bullying scandal, more accusations about the actor’s inappropriate behavior, including those from the production staff, surfaced on the internet. These issues eventually led to the decision of his removal from the drama River Where the Moon Rises. Mr. Queen star Na In-woo has been cast as his replacement in the main role.
On March 7, KeyEast said that Jisoo received his draft notice last December and has decided to enlist in October. Due to his surgery for acute osteomyelitis last 2016, Ji Soo will be enlisting as a public service worker instead of an active duty soldier.
While the agency admitted that Ji Soo was indeed involved in the school bullying controversy, KeyEast denied the accusations of sexual violations toward the actor. “We checked the facts with Ji Soo himself, and there were some parts that the actor himself admitted to and parts that seemed exaggerated or distorted,” the agency stressed. “Other claims, such as the sexual violence, are obviously not true.”
In addition to its statement, KeyEast issued an apology to all those involved and have gotten hurt in the controversy. “To take this matter seriously, Ji Soo will immediately stop all planned activities and dedicate his time to self-reflect.”