aespa ‘sexually harassed’ at boys’ school? Here’s what really happened

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Aespa members, who were supposed to perform to celebrate a milestone, unfortunately suffered alleged sexual harassment at an all-boys high school.

Aespa Sexual Harassment Controversy: Here’s What Happened To The Members

On May 2, SM Entertainment’s girl group aespa – consisting of Karina, Giselle, Winter, and NingNing – went to a high school festival in Seoul but reportedly suffered a disaster.

(Photo: aespa (News1))

In particular, the foursome attended an event at Kyungbock High School, an all-boys high school to celebrate its 101st birthday.

This is no surprise to some fans, because before aespa, other SM artists such as SNSD, Red Velvet, NCT, etc. also went to the same school to attend its annual festival. The school is believed to be “special” as it is the alma mater of Lee Soo Man, the founder and executive producer of SM Entertainment.

But on the day of their arrival, the members were immediately surrounded by male students, causing them to have difficulty reaching the main venue.

In the process, the male students began to “push” their cameras to aespa to take photos and videos with them.

aespa 'sexually harassed' at boys' school?  Here's what really happened

(Photo: aespa (News1))

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K-pop fans, especially MY (aespa fandom), pointed to the “lack of security” at the venue, based on the photos and videos. Only the managers of the quartet were seen controlling the stage.

But that was only the beginning of the disaster. During Aespa’s performance, male students took the stage and took selfies with the four female idols without their consent.

As the criticism rolled in, an SNS user, believed to be a student at the school, made sexually harassing remarks towards aespa.

aespa 'sexually harassed' at boys' school?  Here's what really happened

(Photo: aespa (News1))

On Instagram, Student A posted a photo of Aespa with the caption:

“I did everything but touch.”

Another post says, “xxx”

After seeing this, Aespa fans were furious with Kyungbock High School students and left comments such as:

“It’s hard.”

“I feel sorry for the members.”

“Wasn’t there a bodyguard?”

“The school should apologize.”

All-Boys High School Issues Apology Statement, Angers More Fans

aespa 'sexually harassed' at boys' school?  Here's what really happened

(Photo: aespa (News1))

As the controversy grew, Kyungbock High School eventually posted an apology on its website.

“Today, the school’s 101st anniversary was held under the auspices of the Kyungbock Dongchang Association. aespa was invited to the ceremony to perform. However, after the event, some media unwittingly damaged to aespa’s reputation, we therefore apologize.”

aespa 'sexually harassed' at boys' school?  Here's what really happened

(Photo: aespa (News1))

But the apology did not quell the anger of K-pop fans after the school claimed the author of the sexual harassment message posted online did not appear to be a student at the school.

“As a result of a survey of students at the school, there was a fact that several foreigners, not Kyungbock students, visited the place, but we did not allow them to enter for security reasons. It can be inferred that some articles posted malicious comments that are never true.”

aespa 'sexually harassed' at boys' school?  Here's what really happened

(Photo: aespa (News1))

Fans were baffled that the school blamed “outsiders”, allegedly siding with the students and not even sincerely apologizing to Aespa.

Subsequently, Kyungbock High School revised the apology and added:

“We will try to prevent recurrences by implementing gender-sensitive education.”

However, the statement was later removed from their official site.

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