Actor Sung Duk Ho revealed his resentment over his involvement in the military duty evasion controversy, based on a statement released Tuesday, January 31.
The statement came after industry insiders report about his decision to quit his upcoming drama “Beneficial Fraud” due to the controversy.
To address the reports, his agency Bistus Entertainment released a statement to confirm his involvement in the controversy and apologized for his actions.
Read the agency’s full statement below.
“Song Duk Ho was looking for information on the Internet to postpone his military enlistment around summer of last year.
After receiving consultation through a person’s (referred to as “A”) blog, he made the wrong decision and ended up receiving a Grade 4 (non-active duty) military assessment as a public service worker in an illegal way rather than delaying his enlistment, which was his initial goal.
Song Duk Ho is currently undergoing a police investigation, and he will diligently participate in the remaining prosecution investigations as well. We deeply reflect on this incident and sincerely apologize to the many people who are disappointed.”
Meanwhile, a source working from Studio Dragon, the company behind “Beneficial Fraud,” also confirmed that the actor will no longer be part of the drama.
Studio Dragon also revealed that the casting for Song Duk Ho’s vacant role has begun. His decision to leave did not affect the show’s filming schedule.
“Beneficial Fraud” will tell the story of a merciless con artist and a lawyer who is full of compassion. Together, they formed an unlikely duo to fight against evil.