Kim Rae Won is currently under fire for his controversial Instagram post. In fact, the Korean actor might face legal consequences for posting such photo on his social media account.
On Sunday, the "Doctors" actor took to his Instagram account to share a few snippets from the screening of "Guardians of the Galaxy 2." The updates immediately caught the attention of the netizens who thought that the act is illegal.
The Hallyu actor, on the other hand, deleted the previous posts and replaced it with a still shot of the Hollywood film. Kim Rae Won's agency, HB Entertainment, also released an official statement regarding the issue and assured that their artist acknowledged his mistake.
"We sincerely apologize for the controversy Kim Rae Won caused by posting to his social media account photos taken during the screening of "Guardians of the Galaxy 2,"" the label said as per Soompi.
HB Entertainment continued, "Kim Rae Won recognizes that his actions, regardless of the reasoning behind them, were wrong and is taking time to genuinely reflect. He will be more careful moving forward."
Despite the apology, some netizens continue to criticize the actor for his ignorance of the law, while others stood by Kim Rae Won and defended him from online backlash and hate comments.
"I didn't even realize this was illegal. I know it's illegal to take a video, because someone might try to sell bootleg copies of it, but never heard about taking photos," a commenter wrote.
Meanwhile, an affiliate of "Guardians of the Galaxy 2" said they are still reviewing the details of Kim Rae Won's case. Aside from that, the film has also asked Disney to provide a statement whether or not the Korean actor will be held accountable for his act.
"We're currently trying to figure out the details. We have also requested an official statement from Disney, who will be checking if there wil be legal problems," the source said.