05:29 GMT14 April 2021
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    Recent accusations by a netizen forced the agency behind the girl band - which has had such hits as Dumdi Dumdi, Hann and Uh Oh - to make an official and unequivocal statement refuting the charges.

    Cube Entertainment issued a firm and immediate denial when controversy involving (G)I-DLE member Seo Soo-jin - better known as Soojin - on 21 February.

    According to Cube Entertainment, the anonymously made accusations were entirely false and the company will take measures to punish those who spread malicious comments and false information about its artists.

    On 20 February, a netizen posted an online community article alleging that Soojin abused younger pupils in middle school. According to posts that have now been removed, Soojin not only used abusive language to a younger sibling but also harangued her friend and then slapped both of them. Fans, known officially as Neverlands, suspected this was the same person who has posted similar messages in the past, accusing Soojin of bullying.

    In light of how many of these accusations have started to appear from anonymous "victims" about how they have been mistreated by idols and other famous people in Korea without giving any evidence, netizens have become accustomed to the trend and Neverlands posted words of support for their beloved Soojin.

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