Lee Ha Neul to Go On Hiatus
DJ DOC member Lee Ha Neul stated he would “take responsibility and leave all programs”in response to the slander case filed against him by former DJ DOC member Park Jung Hwan.
Lee made this statement on November 17 in Seoul, at a press conference he held on the issue. After making an official apology in front of the press, he continued to offer his apology to Park as well.
Lee stated, “In conclusion, I’ve come here to apologize. I’ve met him personally to sort things out but I’ve come here to make the official apology [Park Jung Hwan] wants.”
He said, “I will first apologize to Park Jung Hwan, who was hurt by my careless words.” He then bowed down and continued, “I am very sorry toward Park Jung Hwan’s friends and family. I am sorry.”
“I am very sorry toward many people for causing trouble. I will take responsibility and leave all programs I am currently appearing in. I am not imitating Kang Ho Dong,” he added.
“I hope Park Jung Hwan accepts this apology as a sincere one,” he said. “I am very sorry toward his friends and family who have been hurt by this incident. Park Jung Hwan was not beat-deaf.”
He finished, “I am sorry toward Kim Tae Woo also, who should be getting all the interest and love that only comes once in his life. I thank you, and thanks to you I was able to make a living. Thank you.”
Lee Ha Neul and Kim Chang Ryul appeared on the November 3 broadcast of KBS2’s Happy Together and explained that the reason Park Jung Hwan left the team was because he was beat-deaf. At this Park sued both Lee and Kim for slander on November 15, saying that they engaged in an “act of defamation with false information against an individual done just for the fun of the program.”
Later on Kim and Lee appeared on the November 16 broadcast of SBS Power FM Kim Chang Ryul’s Old School to apologize, saying, “We didn’t mean to make fun on purpose. We were just trying to make the situation more interesting; we’re sorry. Let’s talk it over between friends,” but Park issued an official press release on November 17 stating his displeasure, saying their apology was insincere.
Photo credit: Kim Byung Gwan