Choi sits out Japan fan event after fallout

A restaurateur died after being attacked by Choi Si Won's French bulldog (both above).
A restaurateur died after being attacked by Choi Si Won's French bulldog (both above).PHOTO: INTERNET

SEOUL • The fallout continues for South Korean boyband Super Junior's Choi Si Won.

Lambasted recently over reports of a woman who died of blood poisoning after being bitten by his family's dog, the band's management appeared to think it prudent not to include him in a fan event in Japan held over two days this week.

The E.L.F-Japan Festival - Super Sports Day was held in Yokohama, reported The Korea Herald.

"We are very sorry for the fans who have been looking forward to the event. We ask for your kind understanding," read a statement from E.L.F. Japan, the boyband's official fan club in that country, on Choi's absence.

A restaurateur died on Oct 6 after she was attacked by the French bulldog, which was not on a leash.

Choi and his father apologised to the victim's family on social media, but the public is still berating them for not maintaining control over their dog at all times.

Yesterday, South Korean media reported that Choi's father, the registered owner, had been fined 50,000 won (S$60.40) for allowing the dog to roam in public without a leash.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 26, 2017, with the headline 'Choi sits out Japan fan event after fallout'. Print Edition | Subscribe