Following the allegations against the actor came to light a couple of days ago.
On February 24, he released an official statement admitting to the allegations, here is his full translated statement,
“This is Jo Jae Hyun.
The first rumor about me was that he was a theater actor it said, ‘I had to sit on his lap and kiss forcibly’. Back then, there were differences from the facts that I wanted to explain because the statements were different from the truth.
However, I have come across another interview that raised other suspicions. I was also embarrassed and it was hard to find memories from such a short interview.
Then, I had a terrible mindset, it seemed to me that this was a slander. In addition, there are some speculative articles with different facts, a part of me hoped it would come to an end.
I spent a lot of time thinking rather than self-reflecting. I am a monster and I feel disgusted by myself, trying to avoid the consequences of my dumb thoughts.
I have lived wrong. I have been acting for almost 30 years and have made mistakes and sinful words and actions to my colleagues, staff, and juniors.
I am a sinner.
I bow my head in apology for the victim.
I’ll put everything down now.
I will not think of myself anymore.
I will not evade it.
I’ll put everything down.
From now on I will spend time looking back at my life with a remorseful heart towards the victims.
I am really ashamed of myself and sorry.”
Following his statement, the production staff of his current drama tvN “Cross” also issued a statement confirming that the actor is leaving the show and that they’ll edit him out of the drama as soon as possible.