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HIGHLIGHT‘s Yong Junhyung has announced his departure from the group in an Instagram post, following recent controversies involving hidden camera footage shared by Jung Joon Young in chatrooms.
Referring to the chat conversation he had with Jung Joon Young in 2016, he said:
“I did not receive a video at that time, but I did receive a video at a different instance. In addition, I participated in inappropriate conversations regarding it. All of these actions were very immoral, and I was foolish. I treated it as not a big deal without thinking that it is a crime and illegal act, and it is also my fault for not firmly restraining [Jung Joon Young].”
Staring that he doesn’t want to cause further harm to HIGHLIGHT and fans, he is leaving the group as of March 14, 2019. He added: “I will live while reflecting on myself again and again. I once again apologise sincerely”.
On March 11, it was reported that Yong Junhyung was allegedly one of the men in a chatroom in which Jung Joon Young shared illegal hidden camera footage. However, Yong Junhyung’s agency Around Us Entertainment issued a statement explaining that the messages found were not from a group chatroom.
The agency also stated that Yong Junhyung was not in a chatroom where the hidden camera footage was shared, and has never been in a group chatroom with Jung Joon Young.
The agency originally said that the messages, were between only Yong Junhyung and Jung Joon Young, with the former asking what was going on with the Drug Restaurant frontman after he was accused of filming a woman without her consent.
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