On December 19, 2019, Yoo Jae Suk found himself involved in his first-ever scandal after Garo Sero Institute‘s YouTube channel shared a video unveiling the sexual misconduct of “a celebrity from Infinite Challenge“. In response to the growing allegation that he is the one who “masturbated in front of hostesses at a bar”, Yoo Jae Suk brought up the matter at an entirely unrelated press conference and denied everything.
While this press conference had actually been for his alter-ego Yoo San Seul, a “rookie trot singer” who debuted through the TV show Hangout with Yoo, Yoo Jae Suk took the time to clear his name. Post-conference, one reporter who attended the occasion shared that Yoo Jae Suk seemed extremely distressed about the situation.
All the reporters at the conference were surprised when Yoo Jae Suk brought up the scandal. No one had asked him about it. He was just talking about his plans for the year 2020 and suddenly he ended on that note. He seemed really stressed about it all.
— Reporter C
In a phone interview, this reporter pointed out that the press on site were surprised by Yoo Jae Suk’s sudden “statement” — because not only were they not expecting to hear about it at Yoo San Seul’s press conference…
The reporters there ended up double checking with Yoo Jae Suk… like, if it would be okay for us to write articles about his statement. He answered that he didn’t know if it would be okay either because he has never been in such a position before. He asked us what he should be doing.
— Reporter C
… but also because they had collectively agreed not to mention the scandal out of respect for Yoo Jae Suk. The reporter added, his decision to bring it up “shows how much it’s stressing him out.”
And knowing Yoo Jae Suk and his personality… For him to have spoken about it so abruptly like that… that shows how much this is affecting him and stressing him out. We didn’t ask him about it on purpose because for him to talk about it at all is exactly what that channel wants.
— Reporter C
Upon hearing about Yoo Jae Suk’s reaction, Korean netizens have begun “reporting” the video on Garo Sero Institute’s YouTube channel in hopes of shutting it down.
Imagine how people must have pestered him about it… so much that he chose to speak up about it even before he was asked about it. But all the channel did was say, ‘We never said it was Yoo Jae Suk’. Garo Sero Institute needs to be shut down for using him and dragging Yoo Jae Suk through this.