Korean actor Yeo Yoon Seok's agency has denied allegations on social media following rumors that the actor allegedly disrespected a security guard.
In a post dated March 22 reported by Koreaboo, a netizen claimed that Dr. Romantic star Yoo Yeon Seok disrespected their father who was a security guard at the actor's apartment six or seven years ago.
The netizen said that the actor laughed at their father, and belittled him following an incident when the father tried to strike up a conversation and ask the actor if a bicycle was his. The author alleged that the actor, responded, “Do you think I would ride a dirty old bicycle like this? Are you saying that’s mine?”
The netizen also claimed that the actor did not return the greetings their father made, which the father accepted as he assumed the actor was a busy person.
“My father especially liked Yoo Yeon Seok among the celebrities living there since he looked honest, sincere and kind on TV,” said the netizen.
The netizen claimed that Yoo Yeon Seok’s actions prompted the security guard to quit his job.
“One day he came home with a dark expression, and he quit being a security guard that month. After that, when actor Yoo Yeon Seok appeared on TV, my father’s expression would become distorted and went into his room. He said, ‘Yoo Yeon seok isn’t a good guy, he’s a bad guy.”
Following the online criticism, the actor’s agency King Kong by Starship Entertainment has denied all allegations.
“After checking the facts with the actor, we confirmed that the content [of the post] is completely groundless,” the agency said in an official statement.
The netizen has since posted an apology which states that they wrote the post as they were jealous of the popularity of the actor.
The agency plans to file a complaint against the netizen for "defamaation through stating false information."
Yoo Yeon Seok stars in Dr. Romantic and Hospital Playlist among others.