Hybe denies rumors of school bullying surrounding Le Sserafim

Kim Ga-ram, member of girl group Le Sserafim (Source Music)

Hybe on Wednesday denied rumors of school bullying against a member of label girl group Le Sserafim.

“After the online rumors regarding Kim Ga-ram were raised, we made efforts to confirm the facts. Such allegations have been edited with malicious intent to problematize past events,” the K-pop agency said in a press release.

After Source Music, an agency under Hybe, introduced Kim as the second member of Le Sserafim on Tuesday, several netizens claiming to be Kim’s former classmates took to online communities with several allegations. They alleged Kim was a smoker and underage drinker and bullied classmates at her college.

“The charges related to cases that occurred at a time when she was making friends early in middle school. It was confirmed by the statement of a third party that Kim Ga-ram was in fact the victim of various malicious rumors and of cyberbullying,” the statement added.

Hybe also warned that Source Music has started legal action against the dissemination of one-sided, distorted and false information related to the case. The agency pointed out that Kim is still underage.

Sserafim is the first girl group to be launched through a collaboration with Hybe and Source Music.

The group has garnered attention ahead of their scheduled debut next month, following news that Miyawaki Sakura and Kim Chaewon – members of now disbanded girl group IZ*ONE – have joined the group.

By Jie Ye-eun ([email protected])

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