Jo Byeong Gyu has addressed the recent report by one media outlet regarding his bullying controversy.
According to a report from a media outlet on the 21st of July, actor Jo Byeong Gyu considered filing a civil lawsuit in New Zealand to clear his name amid the “school violence allegations.” He reportedly wanted to resolve the issue even if it meant shouldering the costs, which were estimated to be around 1.2 billion won [roughly $1 million]
Regarding this matter, a close associate of Jo Byeong Gyu explained that the New Zealand lawsuit was considered back in 2021 when the disclosure of the allegations was not recent but from the past, a time when criminal complaints were being processed in Korea. The intention was to proceed with the lawsuit until the final judgment, and the mentioned amount of 1.2 billion won was just one aspect, not the exact cost.
The remaining matter is the criminal complaint in Korea, which depends on whether the informant comes to Korea for questioning. At present, they are not considering the New Zealand lawsuit due to considerations of efficiency.
It was in 2021 when Jo Byeong Gyu faced allegations of school violence and filed a criminal complaint against the informant. However, as the informant resides in New Zealand and did not respond to the summons, the case has not reached a conclusion.
Jo Byeong Gyu had expressed his frustration, questioning how he could prove that the allegations are not true. He mentioned that he has been extorted due to his small stature and experienced physical assault in the past. He also stated that all his projects have been put on hold, his ten-year career has been ruined, and he suffered immeasurable financial losses. He conveyed his sense of injustice, saying that he couldn’t even remember what it was like to sleep for weeks after the disclosure of the allegations.
Jo Byeong Gyu is currently anticipating the premiere of tvN’s new weekend drama “The Uncanny Counter 2.”