A judge decided on a defamation case involving actor Ji Soo who had sued a netizen that alleged the actor bullied them.
According to a January 17 news article, the netizen’s lawyers revealed to the news outlet OSEN that his clients, who Ji Soo sued, were found innocent.
In the case of Ji Soo’s lawsuit against my client (victim of bullying), in which he sued for defamation, the (courts) found my client innocent of all charges. The reason for this is that the comments made by my client cannot be seen as false.
— Kim Garam, representative of bullying victims
Previously, in March of 2021, a netizen alleged that Ji Soo, who at the time was a fast-rising actor, was a bully and a gangster.
Kim Ji Soo is on TV acting kind with his signature laugh, but he is a school bully, gangster, and hoodlum. He is nothing more and nothing less.
The netizen alleged that the actor had been a school bully since his Middle School days and terrorized his classmates. It was alleged that the group Ji Soo hung out with would gang up to physically assault classmates, humiliate, abuse, and force classmates to do their biddings Other netizens would also provide accounts of being bullied by Ji Soo, adding credence to the original allegations.
Once the controversy reached a fever pitch, the actor took to Instagram, where he apologized and acknowledged he had bullied his classmates.
I sincerely apologize to those who I hurt. I have no excuse for my actions in the past. I committed acts that were unforgivable. I apologize to those who had to suffer by watching me act, and I will forever reflect on my past.
— Ji Soo
Ji Soo was an up-and-coming actor who played significant roles in hit dramas such as Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo, Strong Girl Bong-soon, and My First First Love. The actor’s career came to a halt in 2021 when he was alleged to have bullied his classmates.