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Agencies Of BTS Jungkook, ASTRO Chaeunwoo, Seventeen Mingyu and NCT Jaehyun Apologizes Over Itaewon Outing Incident

Agencies Of BTS Jungkook, ASTRO Chaeunwoo, Seventeen Mingyu and NCT Jaehyun Apologizes Over Itaewon Outing Incident

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On May 18th, Dispatch reported that BTS’s Jungkook, SEVENTEEN’s Mingyu, ASTRO’s Cha Eun woo and NCT’s Jaehyun had spent a night in Itaewon’s neighbourhood.
The number of COVID_19 cases recently increased after a patient infected the virus had visited clubs in the neighbourhood of Itaewon, Seoul.
So when it was reported that these four idols had gone to the same venue, ignoring the self-isolation rules. Netizens were enraged. 
According to the Exclusive report from Dispatch, the idols were present in the neighbourhood of Itaewon, at a restaurant and two bars from the evening of April 25 till dawn on April 26.
They also confirmed that the patient visited clubs in the area on May 2 and was tested positive for the COVID-19 on May 6. The Central Disaster and Safety Counter Measure (CDSCHQ), therefore demanded that anyone who visited entertainment facilities in Itaewon Between April 24 and May 6 should self-isolate
Following Dispatch’s report,  each idol’s agencies released an official statement admitting that the report is true.  They also stated that all the idols had tested negative for COVID-19.
BTS Jungkook’s agency, Big Hit Entertainment released an official statement:


This is Big Hit Entertainment.

Here is our official statement regarding BTS member Jungkook’s visit to the neighborhood of Itaewon in Seoul.

Last week, several news outlets reached out to us to ask about whether Jungkook had visited the neighborhood of Itaewon, and we sincerely apologize for belatedly realizing that the agency’s response to the questions were problematic.

It is true that Jungkook went to the neighborhood of Itaewon. However, at the time, he did not go to the place that became a problem due to the confirmed case in early May, and Jungkook was in Itaewon a week prior to the first confirmed case (first case related to the chain of infections in the neighborhood of Itaewon). Moreover, to abide by the government’s guidelines, Jungkook took measures such as receiving a test for COVID-19, so we deemed it inappropriate to reveal our artist’s private life to the public.

However, there is no room for excuse regarding the fact that we, as the agency of the artist in question, had not properly recognized the heavy importance of social distancing and prioritized the protection of the artist’s private life over it. We bow our heads to everyone in apology.

On the evening of April 25, Saturday, Jungkook visited a restaurant and bar in the neighborhood of Itaewon with his acquaintances. He showed no symptoms of COVID-19 such as coughing or a fever following the visit. He voluntarily received a test for COVID-19 at a government-designated hospital and tested negative. The artist himself is currently feeling deeply regretful for not having faithfully contributed to the entire society’s social distancing efforts.

We at Big Hit are doing our best to follow social distancing protocols as well as other guidelines and prevention methods for COVID-19. We will follow [the guidelines] more thoroughly to ensure that such things do not happen again. We apologize for causing concern to many people including fans.

Cha Eun Woo’s agency Fantagio  released their own statement:

Hello, this is Fantagio.

We have confirmed that Cha Eun Woo went to the neighbourhood of Itaewon on April 25. We apologize that he didn’t follow social distancing guidelines and caused concern due to our careless management.

Cha Eun Woo did not go to the location that became a problem in early May with a confirmed case, and when we asked the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on if he is a subject for COVID-19 testing, we were told that it is not required if he does not have symptoms. However, he was tested for the health and safety of the artist and those around him, and he tested negative.

No matter the reason, it was a thoughtless action for our artist Cha Eun Woo to visit the Itaewon area when the entire nation is practising social distancing, and the artist himself is deeply reflecting on not faithfully contributing to the social distancing efforts.

We promise to put in our full effort for an incident like this to not happen again by having all of our artists strictly follow the preventative guidelines. We apologize for causing concern.

SEVENTEEN Mingyu’s agency released statement reads: 

Hello, this is Pledis Entertainment.

First, we deeply apologize for causing concern to many with the report regarding Pledis Entertainment artist SEVENTEEN member Mingyu’s visit to the neighbourhood of Itaewon.

Mingyu is deeply reflecting on his inappropriate behaviour of not abiding by the social guidelines during the government’s social distancing period.

Immediately after confirming that he had visited the area during the period specified by the CDSCHQ, he was voluntarily tested for COVID-19 at a government-designated hospital even though he did not show symptoms of COVID-19 such as coughing or fever. After he received negative results, he has been in self-isolation and has carefully followed the guidelines of personal hygiene.

We at the agency feel deeply responsible that a situation like this has arisen due to our careless management of the artist.

We sincerely apologize for causing concern and worry to fans who send love and attention [to our artists]. To prevent something like this from happening again, we will emphasize the importance of social distancing and personal hygiene to our artists and pay careful attention to ensure that our artists follow the guidelines.

We once again bow our heads in apology.

NCT Jaehyun’s agency SM Entertainment released:

Hello, this is SM Entertainment.

We apologize for causing concern during a time when many people are struggling due to COVID-19.

On April 25, Jaehyun visited a restaurant and bar in the neighborhood of Itaewon, but he did not go to the specific club that became a problem, and [Jaehyun’s visit to the neighborhood] took place seven days prior to the confirmed case.

Jaehyun did not show symptoms, but when COVID-19 broke out in the club in Itaewon and started to spread, he voluntarily received a COVID-19 diagnosis test and tested negative.

Jaehyun is deeply reflecting on the fact that he was not careful during the period of social distancing when everyone should be refraining from everyday gatherings.

We also deeply apologize for failing to guide and manage our artist to ensure that he carefully follow social distancing protocols during his personal time as well.

We will work harder on the management of our artists to prevent something like this from happening again.

Once again, we apologize for causing concern to fans and many other people.

I have seen the aftermath of this and the netizens are tearing down the idols with really hateful comments. I know they have made a mistake by ignoring the self-isolation rule but nevertheless, they are humans. 
Nobody should have to hear the hateful things that are being written about them. On the other hand, the fans are furious and have undertaken the task of shutting Dispatch’s official twitter page. Why, though? 
They only reported news and it was not lies. 
Curious how this will go? Stay tuned for more updates!

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