More people are coming forward and accusing Produce 101’s Han Jong Yeon of also bullying them, following the first post by Kangto Lee.
20-year old Han Jong Yeon is facing allegations of sexual abuse and bullying by former classmates, after appearing on the popular Mnet reality show.
Kangto Lee first uploaded allegations that Han Jong Yeon had forced him to perform sexual acts on himself and bullied him severely in high school. He uploaded a post onto his Facebook detailing the abuse he suffered at the hands of Han Jong Yeon. The post was not made anonymously, which is far more common for allegations against celebrities.
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Produce 101 Han Jong Yeon accused of forcing classmate to masturbate in public. https://t.co/ZsUaxTk2oo
— Koreaboo (@Koreaboo) March 12, 2017
Several hours after his allegations, Kangto Lee has uploaded screenshots of messages from former classmates and friends confirming that they witnessed the bullying.
The first set of messages appeared to be between himself and a good friend. His friend admits that while he wasn’t a direct victim of the bullying, he had witnessed everything Han Jong Yeon had done. The friend confirmed that there were multiple victims besides Kangto.
Friend: I have the same thoughts as you.. I thought the same, so I want to support you.
Kangto: Thank you so much. No one believes me because I don’t have a witness. I feel like I’m going crazy.
Friend: Hey, as if there aren’t any [witnesses] ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ
Kangto: I’m still in pain and crying, even if several years have passed. Exactly, there can’t NOT be any [witnesses].
Friend: There’s no one who doesn’t know what Han Jong Yeon did.
Kangto: Why won’t anyone contact me?
Friend: I mean even my friends from elementary know ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ
Kangto: Why is everyone keeping their mouths shut?
Friend: When I asked around there was no one who didn’t know about it. Honestly, I wasn’t a direct victim, but I think everyone knows what he went around doing.
Kangto: Can I edit out your name and profile picture and upload it? I kind of need at least something.
Friend: Yeah but I’m scared so you have to edit [out my name and picture]
Kangto: I promise I will. [Kangto clicks invite by mistake] Oh that was a mistake. And by the way thank you so much.
Kangto then began receiving multiple other messages from friends and classmates. One friend revealed to Kangto the name of another victim of Han Jong Yeon. He claims this victim was forced to fight with other kids at school.
Friend: Kangto, I don’t know if this will help but I remember [Han Jong Yeon] fought with Myung Jong as well. Be strong.
Kangto: Can I edit out your name and upload this?
Some friends confessed to Kangto that while they knew he was being bullied they didn’t realize how severe the bullying was. They confirmed that they knew Kangto was being bullied by Han Jong Yeon.
Kangto: I’m going crazy, don’t they all know? There’s no way they don’t know how he picked on all those kids.
Friend: I knew that you were picked on a little, but I didn’t know it was to that extent…
Kangto: It’s like everyone agreed to play dumb
Friend: It will work out. Don’t stress yourself out about it ㅠㅠ
One classmate also claims that Han Jong Yeon damaged school property by burning a newspaper inside the classroom. He alleges Han Jong Yeon would even fight with other students while the teacher was still in the classroom.
“Now that I think about it, he set fire to a newspaper in 6th grade in our classroom ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ We were sitting 4 boys, 4 girls in the shape of a ㄷ and we all saw it then. He set fire to the newspaper even with our home room teacher, remember ㅋㅋㅋ And even with our teacher present, he fought with [censored] and [censored] kept getting hit, and they fought because he [Han Jong Yeon] kept riding his ass. I was left speechless after seeing his friends defend him like that ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ”
— Anonymous Classmate
Kangto’s photos also included screenshots of tweets from anonymous accounts that back the claims he made against Han Jong Yeon. The classmates also revealed how they remember Han Jong Yeon was perceived back in highschool.
“My classmate wrote what he actually experienced with Maroo Entertainment’s Han Jong Yeon on Facebook, and besides that post, there’s a lot more in regards to his assaults. Same elementary school, same class. He was the typical school bully, the school’s problem child. He undermined the teachers and kids in his class, picked on them, and would even throw his fists at anyone who touched him.”
— Anonymous Classmate
“For those who are supporting this guy, please stop. And you [Han Jong Yeon], I hope you never succeed. Begging on your knees for forgiveness from all those you picked on won’t even cut it. I’m not a victim, and I don’t want to waste my time writing a long text, but I watched you do all those things and I can’t just let it go, so I’m writing this.”
— Anonymous Classmate
Kangto also uploaded the negative comments he received on his Facebook, where some people claimed that he was merely revealing this information to get attention. Some commenters even scolded him, accusing him of being the bully and attacking Han Jong Yeon.
“Stupid dumb fuck who grabbed his dick and masturbated in front of other kids. I pity you for being so fucking proud of how you’re now making some money, getting likes on your Facebook posts, and increasing your follower count.”
— Lee Jung Woo
“Kangto, you should stop now. You’re older and more mature than that. Of course, it might have been tough for you, but it’s not like the past is going to erase itself by you doing this. Whether you’re the victim or the criminal, you’re doing the same thing the criminal did. If you really hate him that much, then this is the wrong way to be sharing your story.”
— Choi 200 Won
Han Jong Yeon and his agency, Maroo Entertainment, have yet to release any statements regarding this matter. CJ E&M and Mnet have also yet to release statements regarding the status of Han Jong Yeon on Produce 101.