The 31-year-old K-drama actor Kim Jung-hyun has been embroiled in one relationship scandal after another.
Last week it was rumored that he had been dating his co-star Seo Ji-hye, 36, of Crash Landing On You (2019) for a year, although both management agencies have denied it.
Now a former lover of his, Seo Yea-ji, 31, has been named as the person behind his unprofessional behavior on the set of the drama Time 2018, which he eventually left.
According to text messages allegedly received between Seo Yea-ji and Kim from the South Korean entertainment portal Dispatch, she had ordered that he had no physical contact with his co-star singer Seohyun, 29.
Seo Yea-ji, who met Kim on the set of the 2018 film Stay With Me, ordered him to remove all “skin ship” scenes – the term refers to intimate, non-sexual contact – and to be strict with female employees cease to behave. He also had to send her videos from the set so she could monitor his actions.
According to an analysis by Dispatch that compared the script to the actual episodes, numerous scenes were changed in which Kim and Seohyun touched.
Even in a wedding scene, they walked down the aisle without holding hands.
People who were on the set were also quoted as saying that Kim frequently asked about script changes and prevented Seohyun from getting into the role, causing her to break down while filming.
An anonymous source said, “He kept asking for the script to be adapted on set. If his requests weren’t met, he ran out and dried up.”
Kim allegedly used an eating disorder as the reason for the script changes and eventually left the drama until Crash Landing On You paused playing a rich man hiding in North Korea.
He is also currently in a dispute with his administrative agency over the end date of his contract and a statement has yet to be released.
On Monday (April 12th) Seo Yea-ji deleted the entire contents of her Instagram account. She was also noticeably absent on Tuesday at a press conference on her upcoming film Recalled, which opens on April 21.
The star of “It’s All Right To Be Not Right” (2020) has just been nominated for Best Actress for her role in the hit Netflix series at the 57th Baeksang Arts Awards, held on May 13th.