01/9Allegations of coercing an abortion, apology, losing out on work: Timeline of controversy around Kim Seon Ho that started with an anonymous online post

Allegations of coercing an abortion, apology, losing out on work: Timeline of controversy around Kim Seon Ho that started with an anonymous online post

There’s a lot going on in the South Korean entertainment industry that can easily make for the script of an engaging K-drama. It all began on Sunday when an anonymous post, shared by a user on an online community, made shocking claims about actor K. Without revealing any name, the post went to accuse the actor of coercing his ex-girlfriend for an abortion followed by gaslighting her. A series of accusations later, it all came down to popular actor Kim Seon Ho who later accepted all allegations in a recent apology letter to his ex, co-stars, and fans. Here are all the key moments in the controversial case!


02/9​The online post

​The online post

On Monday, a netizen referred to as 'A' took to the Korean online community Nate Pann and shared a post titled, “Am disclosing actor K’s two-faced and shameless true nature”. Claiming to have dated the actor in the past, the user called him a “piece of trash without the slightest conscience or sense of guilt” and alleged that she was forced to have an abortion when she was pregnant with actor K’s child. It mentioned, “He made me abort my precious baby on the false promise of marriage, and he forced me to make the sacrifice because he was sensitive when working on a project and because he was a star. I am going through severe psychological and physical trauma due to this”.


03/9​Allegations of gaslighting

​Allegations of gaslighting

The user further wrote, “Because of his difficult upbringing, he has a tremendous obsession with money. He is always obsessing over success and took the sacrifices of those around him for granted. I thought he would treat me differently, but even after we broke up, he was just busy filming commercials and had no apology or remorse. K told me, ‘If I have a child now, I have to pay 900 million won (approximately USD 760,135) in damages. But I don’t have 900 million won right now.’ It turned out that he didn’t have to pay a penalty of 900 million won, but he was coercing me to get an abortion with a lie. He promised to marry me after two years. He proposed that we live together starting next year”.


04/9​Emotional abuse

​Emotional abuse

'A' revealed that although she had the abortion, actor K had only sent her 2 million won to cover the medical bills. “I didn’t threaten, complain, or resent him for that. I was just scared that there would be a rupture between us as he’s very sensitive”. 'A' further went on to reveal that the alleged actor broke up with her later on a phone call after an entertainment outlet hinted at their relationship. “He had promised to marry me and even coerced me to have the abortion. I told him to remember what kind of relationship we had and asked how he could break up with me on the phone like that, crying, and he got all worked up and said to me that he may have paparazzi on him and meeting up for the last time could harm him in terms of money and fame,” she stated.




User 'A' also said she had evidence to support her claims, but she refrained from sharing them online owing to legal concerns. She explained, “I moved houses without anyone knowing despite having to pay the real estate expenses and a penalty for breach of contract. I changed my license plate, and matched everything to him. I hope that he’s at least feeling regretful about irresponsibly throwing me and his dog away”.




While there was no confirmation on the identity of actor K, on Monday the speculations pointed towards Kim Seon Ho after influencer Lee Jin Ho claimed it to be him. Soon after this, fans of Kim Seon Ho were spotted requesting netizens to refrain from spreading false rumours and baseless speculations. They also promised strict legal action for defamation of the actor.


07/9​Actor’s agency’s response

​Actor’s agency’s response

Kim Seon Ho’s agency Salt Entertainment requested time amid the speculations, to only later apologise on behalf of the actor. They wrote in an official statement today, “Hello. This is Salt Entertainment. We apologise for causing concern to many with actor Kim Seon Ho’s personal matters. We would like to apologise to all those who were disappointed and troubled by this issue. Once again, we apologise for worrying you with an unpleasant matter”.


08/9​Kim Seon Ho’s apology

​Kim Seon Ho’s apology

The ‘Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha’ actor said, “This is Kim Seon Ho. I sincerely apologise for the belated statement. I experienced a fear that felt for the first time after the article with the mention of my name was released a while ago, and that is why I am writing this now. I met her with good emotions. In that process, I hurt her due to my carelessness and inconsiderate actions. I wanted to meet and apologise to her directly, but I am not able to properly convey the apology now and am waiting for that time to come. For now, I would like to genuinely apologise to her through this statement. I apologise for also disappointing all of those who trusted and supported me until the end. It was all thanks to those who supported me that I was able to become the actor Kim Seon Ho, but I had forgotten that. I apologise for causing trouble to my co-stars and all of the related staff who worked with me due to my flaws. I would like to sincerely apologise to everyone who was hurt. I am aware that this rambling statement will not fully reach your hearts, but I am still attempting to convey my sincere thoughts. I am very sorry”.


09/9The outcome

The outcome

Soon after Kim Seon Ho was embroiled in the controversy, the actor was removed from his multiple upcoming projects. He was scheduled to be a part of KBS2’s popular variety show ‘2 Days & 1 Night Season 4’, ‘Sad Tropics’ and ‘Dog Days’. Besides this, several commercial promotions and advertisements in South Korea, featuring Kim Seon Ho, were also taken down only hours after the controversy hit headlines. His agency is yet to share an update about his contract.