South Korean actor Nam Joo-hyuk might not have been a bully in his youthful days in any case.
He was within the information lately after he was accused by two nameless individuals of being one when he was in center and highschool, allegations which have been denied by his company Management Soop.
The bullying claims against Nam got here after he starred within the latest hit romantic drama Twenty Five Twenty One with actress Kim Tae-ri, and his efficiency was extensively lauded.
Now, the 28-year-old actor seems to be vindicated by a report in media outlet Dispatch on Tuesday (July 5).
It interviewed 18 former college students and two teachers, most of whom had been keen to reveal their surnames, with 4 of them even revealing their full names.
Three former college students, recognized by the surnames Shin, H and L, instructed Dispatch they doubted the bullying allegations against Nam.
“Corporal punishment was extreme at school then. It was a really strict setting,” H and L had been quoted as saying.
“There was no bullying tradition at school. The bully would look unusual if he tried to create such an environment at school,” mentioned one other former pupil recognized as Y1.
The two accusers’ allegations against Nam included forcing victims to run errands and wrestle, in addition to utilizing victims’ cellphones to make funds.
L, who was additionally Nam’s ex-classmate, acknowledged the existence of wrestling within the college, however mentioned Nam didn’t participate in them.
“It has completely nothing to do with Nam,” L mentioned. “Honestly, how will you ‘power’ somebody to wrestle? How are you able to power a battle?”
The former college students who had been interviewed mentioned the cell phone incident was wrongly pinned to Nam, because it was one other pupil who stole a instructor’s cell phone and used it to make funds.
One of the teachers, Park Tae-gyu, even mentioned he was keen to threat his instructing profession to talk up in regards to the difficulty.
“When Nam was a pupil at our faculty, corporal punishment nonetheless existed, with even the feminine teachers carrying rods,” he mentioned. “Therefore, bullying couldn’t have occurred in any approach.”
The different instructor, Hong Seong-man, mentioned the one dangerous level about Nam was that he was all the time late.
“He could be instructed by the instructor to squat and leap. He was not resentful and didn’t resist the punishments,” he mentioned. – The Straits Times/Asia News Network