SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA: It appears that Yoo Eun-seo, the only identified claimed victim, continues to draw attention as a result of the ongoing revelations in the Kim Garam school bullying case. But she wasn’t the one who began it at first. On April 5, multiple anonymous remarks saying that Garam was a bully, that she was preoccupied with sex, that she drew lewd pictures in class, that she would smoke, and that she would drink alcohol appeared after HYBE announced the members of their new female group Le Sserafim, which included Garam. Kim Garam made her acting debut in Le Sserafim following HYBE’s denial of all rumours and legal action.
Yoo Eun-legal seo’s team officially presented its defence of Kim Garam on May 19 along with a comprehensive account of how she was allegedly bullied by the former Le Sserafim actor, but instead of the scandal dying down, it worsened. However, Kim Garam’s most recent update on her friend’s Instagram page reveals that the two had already made up and were close friends before she made her K-pop idol debut. According to reports, Garam allegedly spoke out for the first time through an Instagram account after HYBE removed the 16-year-old from Le Sserafim and dropped her off.
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Yoo Eun-seo’s side
Even though there were other claims of physical abuse and impolite behaviour, only the incident between Kim Garam and Yoo Eun-seo appears to have some basis in reality given that both parties, including HYBE, have publicly addressed it. Eun-legal seo’s team, Daeryum, issued a long statement on May 19. Kim Garam was in the same grade as Yoo Eun-seo. She deliberately changed schools because the previous Le Sserafim member and her gang harassed her all the time. Garam received a level 5 punishment for it from the school violence committee, while Eun-seo received psychological counselling in 2018. It should be highlighted that the Ministry of Education, HYBE, and Kim Garam all validated the school violence committee’s findings.
Eun-seo asserted that she remained silent about the situation as Garam prepared to make his debut and as additional unfounded reports about the former idol surfaced with other alleged victims coming forward. She stated that she received online threats for spreading untrue stories about Kim Garam. She attempted suicide and had panic attacks. The law firm revealed that they wrote to HYBE on April 20 asking for the truth and an apology rather than money, but the corporation ignored it. A psychiatrist is now providing care for Eun-seo.
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