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Monday, January 5, 2015

[Pann] Bullying scandal of the '90s: S#arp


Pann: The Lee Ji Hye and Seo Ji Young scandal that makes the T-ara scandal look like child's play

This post is about the legendary S#arp bullying scandal that kids these days probably haven't heard about. Seo Ji Young comes from a hugely influential family in the entertainment industry and her father spent a lot of money on setting up a company in 1998 so that Seo Ji Young could debut in a co-ed group named S#arp.

The group did extremely well under the production of Roo'Ra's Lee Sang Min who was known for his exceptional song production skills. At the climax of their fame, the company recruited Lee Ji Hye as the main vocalist, which catapulted into a series of jealous torture by Seo Ji Young. (Lee Ji Hye auditioned for her spot to get in while Seo Ji Young just wanted to use the group as a quick play for fame with her friends).


Lee Ji Hye had to suffer countless abuse. Seo Ji Young was dating Ryu Shi Won at the time and even made him go to Lee Ji Hye and slap her while making various threats. Seo Ji Young even forced her mother to find Lee Ji Hye at a broadcast hall and rip her hair out.

For years, Lee Ji Hye suffered this abuse until Seo Ji Young demanded that she be kicked out of the group. The agency refused since the group was already so popular, leading Seo Ji Young to amp up the abuse until the situation got so out of hand that the company announced a press conference announcing their disbandment.

The biggest reason behind the disbandment was on a KBS radio show on October 8th, 2002, where Seo Ji Young swore at Lee Ji Hye calling her a useless b*tch. Pissed off, Lee Ji Hye shoved Seo Ji Young, leading Seo Ji Young's mother to find her the next day and physically assault her again at a broadcast hall (October 9th).


While the media was speculating what was going on, the company eventually decided on a disbandment. Seo Ji Young paid her manager to make up lies to make her look like the victim at the press conference. The manager, however, knew the truth behind everything that was going on and just told everyone the truth.

The videos taken at the press conference can put any banjun drama to shame...

After their disbandment, the two women reunite on 'Best Friend Note'. While Lee Ji Hye attempted to make amends, Seo Ji Young continued to make herself look like the victim.


Lee Ji Hye then started up a flourishing solo career which ended her up in the hospital from overworking herself. Seo Ji Young visited her with a bouquet of chrsyanthemums (in Korean culture, these flowers are only given to the dead/used for funerals), showing that her hatred for her is still not over.

Seo Ji Young is currently living a happy married life after a luxurious wedding while Lee Ji Hye no longer has any money for album productions and is wasting her talents on low grade variety shows.

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1. [+257, -4] Let's not forget that Seo Ji Young's mother is also a college professor; disgusting how she can still teach kids when she beats other kids;

2. [+242, -2] Seo Ji Young is definitely one of the biggest b*tches in history

3. [+239, -11] Already knew about it because this scandal was so huge, especially the chrysanthemums ㅋㅋㅋㅋ and it's not even comparable to the T-ara scandal because there's still some discrepancy as to who is fully at fault while in this case, Lee Ji Hye is clearly the victim.

4. [+156, -2] Wait a minute, Ryu Shi Won's just as big of a jerk for slapping Lee Ji Hye...

5. [+142, -1] I still remember their press conference video. Seo Ji Young was pretending to cry and look like a victim next to her manager until her manager stood up and revealed that Lee Ji Hye was indeed physically assaulted and that Seo Ji Young started it all. Seo Ji Young's face hardened and she just walked out of the room. Truly looked like a crazy b*tch.

6. [+131, -3] Ryu Shi Won's hopeless ㅋㅋㅋ So he's been known for hitting women in the past too, eh? Recycled his image after getting huge in Japan and now he's in court for beating women again... tsk tsk.

7. [+95, -1] Ryu Shi Won's hopeless too ㅋㅋㅋ The entertainment industry is so dirty ㅋㅋㅋ

8. [+83, -0] Worst things have happened, just that the internet wasn't as huge back then. So many group scandals went by unnoticed because nobody updated that stuff in real time back then.

9. [+663, -0] I remember if it wasn't for that manager revealing everything at the end, people would've believed all of the lies at the press conference... She acted like such a victim with all her lies, saying she was beat up seven times in the span of whatever.. and then her manager refuted her saying it'd be impossible for Lee Ji Hye to beat her that fast unless she was some boxer. Hilarious.

10. [+56, -1] At least the manager had the decency to tell the truth.

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60 comments:

  1. i wonder how many kpop groups have this sort of shit happening within them. none of them are the ~close loving family~ they try to push

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  2. So at te end the bad one got a happy ending :( that's unfair

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  3. [+56, -1] At least the manager had the decency to tell the truth.

    OMG... What is wrong with these people??? Hope Lee Ji Hye is doing okay right now, hoping her the best in life...

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  4. I think exo kids are not even friends , and I thibk k members bullied m members

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  5. I wonder how much relieve feel established idols for had live in a time where internet records didn't exist... And how much established idols have a reckless record that we'll never find out

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  6. My grandma was such a bitch she bullied her son's fiancé to the point where she almost had a miscarriage, worst thing is she's a respected woman in her christian community. I always side-eye her when she talks about god cause she's a real monster.

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  7. Lee Ji Hye then started up a flourishing solo career which ended her up in the hospital from overworking herself. Seo Ji Young visited her with a bouquet of chrsyanthemums (in Korean culture, these flowers are only given to the dead/used for funerals), showing that her hatred for her is still not over.

    What a bitch. And she had the fucking nerve to visit her??
    how disgusting

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  8. I find bullying disgusting and further more when a parent gets involved but then again, trashy parents can raise pieces of garbage.

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  9. Thank goodness for the manager. I hope he's living a blessed life now.

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  10. Really messed up, just goes to show people money and power is everything in this world...

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  11. Some super junior members seem to be really good friends to me. I think there are some real friendships just as there fake ones

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  12. probably cause its a fact that chinese trainees/debuted artists in sm are 'lower class' and bullied . and ik predebut when they were still M1 and M2 ppl were talking about how some of the korean members were ppl that had bullied the chinese members. idr who they listed tho

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  13. i think there are some who do rly care abt each other. obviously not everyone is going to be friends but i'd hope physical abuse like this is rare.

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  14. She used to be the host for WGM
    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-OyI--7tfGRw/UyENciPP1WI/AAAAAAAAATI/fWzfPXi5_dU/s1600/%C2%BF%C3%AC%C2%B8%C2%AE_%C2%B0%C3%A1%C3%88%C2%A5%C3%87%C3%9F%C2%BE%C3%AE%C2%BF%C3%A4_S4.E184.130824.HDTV.H264.720p-HANrel2.jpg

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  15. That became clear with the snsd thing... I honestly believe they were a happy family but now I have my doubts on everything.
    I'm even more cautious about my bias group now.

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  16. The thing all Kpop fans need to realize is not all members in every group are bffs. These groups are put together by companies they aren't a group of friends singing but random kids put together. SM does so well to put up this act that everyone is all bffs in their groups and exo, TVXQ and now snsd have proven that's not the case. I admire groups like Sistar and block B who publicly admit they aren't so close and don't fake anything. Block b admitted they don't even hang out together when they're not promoting. It's a business people it's not all rainbows and sunshine

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  17. http://cloud1.baohe.org/allimg/elecdigitalsradarcom-1308486454/seo-ji-young-getting-married-quot-it-s-still-too-early-quot-_1.jpg
    the bit*H and she get married and now is fuking rich

    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-OyI--7tfGRw/UyENciPP1WI/AAAAAAAAATI/fWzfPXi5_dU/s1600/%C2%BF%C3%AC%C2%B8%C2%AE_%C2%B0%C3%A1%C3%88%C2%A5%C3%87%C3%9F%C2%BE%C3%AE%C2%BF%C3%A4_S4.E184.130824.HDTV.H264.720p-HANrel2.jpg

    poor LEE JIHYE

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  18. woah there. they might not be one just like their slogan but man...to accuse of bullying just like that...

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  19. I do believe that SJ are good friends but sometimes they get nasty to each other, and they're evident about it... But from what they say, that's what help their relationship.

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  20. Unfounded accusations FTW!

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  21. I don't understand why I'm seeing all these "idol groups are all best friends" comments because abuse =/= not being friends. You can just have a working relationship without harming each other. Let's stop with the hyperbole.

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  22. that is true, but one thing is not being friends and other thing is that someone from their own groups start bullying them or hitting them, is not right at all.

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  23. Karma my ass. that low piece of trash lives a happy life with family and husband and ji hye doesn't have money. so unfair.

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  24. *aren't all best friends

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  25. there's no accusation here, just a thought.

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  26. I think NB have been post this story for several times? And i didn't find any new info in here, why post it again? NB forgey what she has posted ? @@

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  27. 'Seo Ji Young visited her with a bouquet of chrsyanthemums (in Korean culture, these flowers are only given to the dead/used for funerals), showing that her hatred for her is still not over."

    Is Lee Ji Hye an angel or did she had no backbone? If the bitch visited me with flower meant for dead people she would be on the hospital bed instead of me. What kind heartless bastards are these people. Ryu Shi Won is trash human beings, i am happy his wife reported his eye.

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  28. this is so fucked up

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  29. Seo Ji Young's a psycho, and fuck her ex boyfriend, mom and whoever else who enabled her rotten garbage personality. I'm glad the manager stood up for Lee Ji Hye, they would probably have had her dragged off to jail just to finish her.

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  30. Ho..Shit! This turns T-ara unconfirmed bullying scandal like nothing.

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  31. after what happens between snsd , i cant be dumb again and believe " we're family we like sisters " thing .

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  32. She only posted snippets whenever a knet brought it up.


    This, on the other hand, is the ENTIRE story and a very ugly one at that, unfortunately :(

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  33. Wow... what a horrid person Seo Ji Young is. I hope Lee Ji Hye all the best!

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  34. Damnnn... reality of Kpop and life right here guys

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  35. bitch you visit me at the hospital bringing me those dead flowers and i bitch slap you for good
    she's insane omg what a bitch

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  36. Which one the crazy woman, or the victim?

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  37. It's called real life.
    Not always the bad guys have what they deserve, and good people suffer. There's bad and good for everyone, regardless of your morality.

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  38. Knowing how powerful Seo Ji Young's family was (is) I hope that manager who told the truth didn't get a hard time from Seo Ji Young's family like sending people to beat him up etc :(

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  39. i once read this issue in another site last year.

    seo ji young is now happily married with a daughter. and lee ji hye used to host we got married. got goosebumpps while reading again the bullying thing they did to her

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  40. the victim :( but not anymore, replaced by hong jin hyoung.

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  41. This is just gross.

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  42. One of her nephews lived with us for a few months and she treated him like a piece of shit. I never thought people could be that disgusting. She would wake him up in the middle of the night to ask him to do some random chores and tell him "you're an orphan you should be glad we're even giving you a place to stay so every time I ask you to do something, you do it".

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  43. Neither. She was in the damn hospital getting treated. What, you expect for her to rise up from her hospital bed--where if the Seo Ji Young chick really wanted to be ugly, she could've unplugged all of the hospital machines and the IV bad from Lee Ji Hye--and beat her up?

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  44. and no one is doing anything. .

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  45. nightvisiongogglesJanuary 5, 2015 at 1:49 PM

    The Korean Air sisters pale in comparison, huh.

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  46. i'm sorry for saying this but she is a bitch
    i'd take her

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  47. They have to live with people they would (maybe!!) hate in real life... I don't know if I could stand it.

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  48. mocking? I stated that I could not understand them. I never said anything negative about the people themselves.
    but the expats buying expensive imported goods is understandable. they could be missing home or they want to eat something that cannot be found anywhere in korea. I think that drive for nostalgia is a perfectly good reason to buy such imported goods.
    these honey butter chips are a product of korea and these are (mostly) koreans buying it. I stated that it is a craze; there is no reason, other than the fact that so many other people are buying it, that these chips are popular. unless they taste good, which I have heard the opposite.
    and I am not mocking koreans. any population of people can follow a craze and they are free to spend their money as they see fit.

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  49. *clutches heart*


    SO pretty, SO perfect.

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  50. Mariana Ferreira AlbuquerqueJanuary 5, 2015 at 2:27 PM

    But the original price is nothing close to cheap either...

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  51. this honey butter chips craze has not end yet?? *surprise*

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  52. A bit disgusting, they sound totally disgusting. Doritos did this cheeseburger chip a while back, tasted exactly like one. You could taste the individual ingredients, pickles mustard cheese etc. eat one, interesting and novel, but you would never order a bag to go with your sandwich. It has at least as far as I known been discontinued.

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  53. This is crazy. Just make them at home, it's easy. Slice some potatoes, fry them in a buttered pan and drizzle with honey.


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  54. what if they really did drug this thing? thus the obsession?

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  55. And now Woollim is under SM. The utter irony of it all.

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  56. How do you even know that?

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  57. You need to have a real life to realise that this is normal in every job

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  58. Because public likes trash

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