Legal representative Choi Seung Hwan of Barun Law LLC in Seoul has released an official statement regarding the results of former (G)I-DLE member Soojin’s lawsuit against the initial school bullying accuser.
Meanwhile, Soojin announced her departure from (G)I-DLE in August of 2021 after becoming wrapped up in school bullying rumors. In March of 2022, she also parted ways with Cube Entertainment.
According to the statement published on September 8,
Soojin had filed a lawsuit against the first exposer, claiming slander and falsehood. A year later, on September 8, 2022, Soojin’s legal counsel provided a statement to the media regarding the case. According to Soojin’s legal representative, they have decided not to pursue the lawsuit any further. The police had advised against it, given that the case would likely end up as a “her word against yours” type of case.
Seo Soojin had filed a lawsuit, taking the legal steps against the exposer as a way to end the controversy, but they were ruled not guilty. At the end of a few rounds of discussion, we decided that there was a limit to the investigation of truth through legal means regarding the exposé, so we decided not to pursue the lawsuit any further.— Soojin’s legal representative, Choi Seung Hwan
Soojin had previously admitted to arguing with the exposer back in the day, even cursing at her. However, she strongly denied any use of violence and bullying.
Her representative explained that Soojin did not admit to being guilty as she strictly did not assault or extort money from anyone. Furthermore, Soojin was ruled innocent during the School Violence Committee back in middle school.
In the end, it was advised by the police not to pursue the case.
The police decided not to process the lawsuit for the reason that [the post] could be the truth from the point of view of the exposer, and hence, it would not have been intended to spread falsehoods. There is no other evidence to prove the facts apart from the conflicting statements of those involved.— Soojin’s legal representative, Choi Seung Hwan
Ultimately, Soojin had been careful about providing a statement regarding the matter but decided that it was what she could do for the fans who have been cheering her on up to now. Her representative concludes that although she had acted immaturely and in an unsavory manner in her younger days, she had not committed bullying or school violence.