Actor Yoo Ah In’s Agency Responds To Allegations Implicating The Actor’s Role In The Itaewon Tragedy

Online rumors implicated he showed up in Itaewon, leading to the crowd forming.

Actor Yoo Ah In‘s label responded to the allegations that the actor played a role in the deadly crowd surge that killed 156 and injured 151 more in Itaewon on October 29.

Yoo Ah In | @hongsick/Instagram

On the night of the incident, and in briefings that followed, MBC and other news outlets reported that—based on the claims made by witnesses in the area—that the crowd began to form when “a celebrity” appeared in one of the establishments around the alleyway. Even though the Yongsan Fire Station clarified that the investigation is ongoing and no specific “cause” to the crowd surge could be verified, the internet insisted that Yoo Ah In was the said celebrity who caused the crowding.

The aftermath of the Itaewon tragedy | News1

In fact, there have been several allegations targeting various celebrities, influencers, and even live streamers following the Itaewon tragedy. Yoo Ah In, who lives in Itaewon and is known to frequent the area, was implicated in the allegations.

Yoo Ah In’s agency, UAA, released a statement on November 1 refuting the rumors. According to the agency, Yoo Ah In wasn’t even in the country when the incident took place.

On October 29, Yoo Ah In left the country on an international flight. He has absolutely nothing to do with the Itaewon crowd surge.

— UAA

According to news reports, the police have warned against defamation, stating they would be vigilant in prosecuting all instances of defamation involving the crowd surge.

Korean policeman | Daily Star

It has been reported that the police have already begun investigating six instances of defamation and have asked for 63 online posts related to the tragedy to be taken down.

Source: Wikitree

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