On Monday, Han So Hee’s agency 9ato Entertainment issued a fresh statement to clarify the matter and revealed that the actress has no involvement and hence, no plans to take responsibility for the same.
Soompi quoted the agency statement, “Hello. This is 9ato Entertainment. We are giving the following explanation regarding the news of actress Han So Hee’s mother.”
“(Han So Hee’s) mother Ms Shin used a bank account under Han So Hee’s name in the process of borrowing money. Ms Shin arbitrarily opened the bank account when Han So Hee was a minor, and she used that account to borrow money without Han So Hee’s knowledge. Similar cases happened a few more times. There was even a case involving the forgery of a private document. Due to these series of cases, a civil trial was carried out, and the court drew a clear line that Han So Hee had nothing to do with these cases,” it continued.
Citing last year’s court order on the fraud case, it added, “The Ulsan District Court’s final ruling on April 8, 2021, stated, ‘Money was borrowed using an account under Han So Hee’s name, but it is insufficient to acknowledge that Han So Hee is jointly responsible for the debt due to this, so there is no evidence to acknowledge (her involvement).’ We apologize for causing concern with private matters rather than an acting project. However, we are giving an additional explanation again because we are hoping that there will be no other victims in the future.”
“Furthermore, we are additionally revealing that Han So Hee has no plans to take responsibility for this debt. This is to block from the source the actions of (Ms Shin) using her daughter’s name to borrow money and abusing the fact that her daughter is a famous celebrity to borrow money. It is true that (Han So Hee) cannot cut the moral ties between mother and daughter. She feels apologetic for people who were harmed against her will. Despite this, we hope that incidents like these will not be repeated through this strong response. Please be understanding,” it concluded.
Reports about Han So Hee’s mother’s debts under the actress’ name were first published in 2020. Back then, Han So Hee had revealed that she repaid the loan as much as she could before her acting debut and said, “I was not in contact with my mother, so I learned about her debts after I turned 20.”
“I also learned that she had put my name in the debt documents without my knowledge and that my name was involved in a debt so large that I could not handle it. I was so young at the time, and through my immature judgment, I thought that the only solution was to repay the debt in her stead. However, I think that ended up causing more victims in the end, so I apologize,” she apologized.