Lee Jong-hyun admits to watching ‘inappropriate videos’ in chatroom

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Lee Jong-hyun admits to watching 'inappropriate videos' in chatroom



Jonghyun has admitted to watching footage shared in the chatroom (Picture: Han Myung-Gu/WireImage)Lee Jong-hyun has admitted to watching footage of women who were filmed without their consent – but has claimed he wouldn’t have done so if he had ‘sexual understanding’.
The CNBLUE star previously said, through his agency, that he was not connected to the alleged conversations that occurred in a KakaoTalk chatroom with stars including Jung Joon Young.
However, FNC Entertainment have now said that Jonghyun has admitted to watching the footage shared, having ‘inappropriate sexual conversations, and inappropriate conversations degrading women’.
An official statement read: ‘On [March] 12, we released an official statement regarding our agency celebrity Lee Jong Hyun saying, “His relationship with the controversial celebrities is only as an acquaintance who was in contact with them, and he has no relation to this incident.”

Jung Joon Young admitted to sharing illegally recorded footage (Picture: EPA)‘Before releasing this statement, Lee Jong Hyun, who is currently serving in the military, cooperated with the request for questioning by the police who visited his unit on the afternoon of [March] 12. Of the approximately 20 one-on-one conversations presented by the police at the time, there were no illegal videos that he circulated, inappropriate videos that he received, or problematic conversations, so he relayed his statement [as such].
‘Lee Jong Hyun left the chatroom himself a long time ago, and it was difficult to confirm the exact facts regarding KakaoTalk conversations from four to five years ago, so the agency was only able to release a statement based on his claims relying on his memory of the past. We had no intentions of hiding the truth or covering up wrongdoings.’
It continued: ‘After the report by SBS on [March] 14, we got in contact with Lee Jong Hyun and confirmed the truth. He is reflecting and is [aware that] he deserves criticism as he watched the videos via KakaoTalk, had inappropriate sexual conversations, and inappropriate conversations degrading women as reported. He would not have been an idle bystander if he had proper sexual understanding, and he is regretful about this. He expresses his deep apologies to those who received pain due to the immoral and inappropriate conversations he had without a sense of guilt and also to everyone who has been disappointed.
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‘Feeling embarrassed and horrible, Lee Jong Hyun accepts the criticism of the public regarding his wrong sexual morality and values and is deeply regretful and criticizing himself. He will be careful about all of his words and actions as a public figure, and he will reflect and accept the consequences of his wrongdoings.’
Jonghyun enlisted in the military last August. It is unclear whether he will remain as part of CNBLUE.
The rock star is the latest Korean celebrity to be caught up in the widening chatroom scandal, which began with an investigation into allegations that Big Bang star Seungri had provided escorts to foreign investors in return for favours.
Seungri has retired from entertainment in the wake of the allegations, and was yesterday questioned by police.
Jung Joon Young has also retired from the industry after admitting to filming women in sexual acts without their consent.

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