Kim Sae Ron’s agency Gold Medalist has confirmed that the actor had worked at a cafe, stating, “It is true that she worked at a cafe due to financial hardship.”
According to a news outlet, actress Kim Sae Ron, who has temporarily stepped away from the entertainment industry after causing an accident while driving under the influence, had worked part-time at a cafe due to financial hardship.
A source close to the actress spoke with news outlet Maeil Kyungjae‘s Star Today in an interview in which they confirmed that Kim Sae Ron had worked at a cafe due to financial constraints.
Due to financial hardship, Kim Sae Ron had worked at a cafe, but she has since quit and is quietly reflecting.
— Kim Sae Ron
Allegations that she had been working at a cafe were first brought up by YouTuber and journalist Lee Jin Ho. In a video uploaded on November 3, Lee Jin Ho stated that he had received a tip that the actress was working at a cafe. The YouTuber would go on to claim that Kim Sae Ron had used all her money to repay the city, businesses, and sponsors that were affected by the accident.
Kim Sae Ron was involved in a DUI accident on the morning of May 18, 2022. At the time, it was reported that the actress had crashed into an electric transformer, cutting off electricity to one of Gangnam’s intersections and neighboring businesses during the morning rush hour.
According to reports, it was rumored that the cost of an electric transformer is ₩20.0 million KRW (about $14,000 USD). Also affected was the upcoming drama Trolley and Netflix’s K-Drama Bloodhounds. It was reported that Kim Sae Ron would be liable to pay back the production companies.