On June 18, APRIL’s Chaewon took to the group’s official fan café to respond to a post that former member Hyunjoo had made on Instagram earlier that day.
On Instagram, Hyunjoo had written that she and her family were focusing on the lawsuits and requested that people stop sending personal attacks and malicious comments toward the APRIL members and their acquaintances. In the post, Hyunjoo wrote, “Anyone can take wrong actions. However, if those who took those actions admit they were wrong and work to correct themselves, I think they can be forgiven and those actions can be called mistakes.”
Chaewon’s statement reads:
Hello, this is APRIL’s Chaewon.
I am releasing another statement in case?fans misunderstand or get worried about the post that Hyunjoo shared on Instagram today.
Yesterday, after I posted my statement, there were posts uploaded saying things like I had done wrong but I was not acknowledging my wrongdoings.
I’d like to state this again clearly. I have never committed any wrongs against?Hyunjoo and I’ve never made any mistakes that I need to be forgiven for either.
The spread of false information and rumors has turned me into a bully who dated my manager and forced them to keep silent about the bullying.?I am being treated as if these false rumors were the real truth.
In the statement that I released yesterday, I was negligent in not checking more carefully about the exact dates involved. I’m sorry. I posted in a hurry because I felt a sense of injustice after?enduring for so long, and I’m sorry that I caused more confusion. However, I want to say that there was not a single lie in the statement I posted yesterday.
We are currently in the middle of collecting evidence that will?clearly reveal the truth, such as photos and testimonies from witnesses. This evidence has to be turned over to the investigation authorities first, and there must also be protection for the witnesses, so please understand that we can’t reveal this yet.
For the fans who have trusted and waited for us, we will repay them with the truth.
In February 2021, Hyunjoo’s brother and her high school acquaintance shared posts online alleging that Hyunjoo had been bullied by the other APRIL members. DSP Media denied the allegations and took legal action against Hyunjoo and her family and friends. In April, Hyunjoo released a personal statement about the allegations, which DSP Media again denied. Chaewon and Yena were the first APRIL members to personally respond to the allegations, followed by Naeun and Jinsol. Hyunjoo took legal action against a former DSP Media employee,?while DSP Media’s defamation case against Hyunjoo’s acquaintance was recently dismissed by the police. The “previous statement” that Chaewon refers to in the above post was?shared on the official fan café?on June 17.