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S. Korean president apologizes for deadly Seoul Halloween crush

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  • On Monday, South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol offered an apology for the deadly crowd crush that killed at least 156 people and injured 197 victims.
  • The Halloween crush happened on the night of Oct. 29, after thousands of partygoers flocked to a narrow alley in Seoul’s Itaewon district.
  • Yoon, whose approval rating dropped in the incident’s aftermath, denounced the authorities' poor handling of the incident and pledged that a thorough investigation will be conducted.
  • It was initially revealed that people had warned of an impending danger in the hours leading up to the tragedy.
  • Based on police data made public on Sunday, the first police squad to arrive at the scene showed up nearly 85 minutes after the deadly crush occurred.

South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol has publicly apologized for the deadly crowd crush that killed at least 156 people and injured 197 victims.

The Halloween crush happened on the night of Oct. 29, after thousands of partygoers flocked to a narrow alley in Seoul’s Itaewon district.

Yoo Ah-in denies rumor linking him to Seoul Halloween crush

  • South Korean actor Yoo Ah-in, 36, has issued a statement through his talent agency UAA to deny a rumor that he was involved in the tragic Halloween crush in Seoul’s Itaewon district on the night of Oct. 29.
  • Yoo, who lives in Itaewon, is known for his roles in the 2018 psychological thriller film “Burning,” the 2020 zombie thriller “#Alive” and the 2021 fantasy series “Hellbound,” among others. 
  • “Yoo Ah-in left [Korea] on October 29 and is currently staying abroad,” the statement read. “He has nothing to do with the Itaewon disaster.”
  • Local authorities are currently investigating the cause of the crush that left at least 156 people dead and 152 others injured.
  • On Wednesday, investigators also conducted raids on law enforcement offices in response to public outcry.

South Korean actor Yoo Ah-in has issued a statement to deny a rumor that was involved in the tragic Halloween crush in Seoul that caused the deaths of at least 156 people. 

Yoo, 36, was among the South Korean celebrities and influencers blamed on social media for attracting the thousands of partygoers who flocked to a narrow alley in Seoul’s Itaewon district on the night of Oct. 29.

Actor Yoon Hong-bin recalls administering CPR to Seoul crowd crush victim

  • South Korean actor Yoon Hong-bin shared his account of what happened in the Itaewon district on Oct. 29.
  • He recalled administering CPR to a victim at the Halloween crowd crush but was not able to save them.
  • Yoon said that the tragedy could have been prevented if police were deployed on the streets to guide people instead of at the roadside.
  • He urged authorities to identify the causes of the incident “so that it will not be repeated.”

South Korean actor Yoon Hong-bin recalled administering CPR to a victim at Itaewon’s Halloween crowd crush. 

In a now-deleted Instagram post, Yoon, 28, shared his account of what happened in the Itaewon district of Seoul on Oct. 29.

153 dead, 133 injured in South Korea Halloween crush

  • At least 153 people were killed and 133 more were injured amid Halloween festivities that drew tens of thousands of people to Seoul’s Itaewon district on Saturday night.
  • The tragedy reportedly occurred as a large crowd thronged an alley, resulting in a “crush” that saw people pile on top of each other “like dominos.”
  • A crowd crush is different from a stampede as the former happens when people push each other within a cramped space, while the latter offers the space to flee.
  • As of this writing, 141 of the deceased have been identified; 26 were foreign nationals from 14 countries, including two people from the U.S.
  • World leaders released statements to express their condolences following the tragedy, which some describe as South Korea’s worst since the sinking of the MV Sewol ferry in 2014.
  • The incident remains under investigation.

At least 153 people were crushed to death amid Halloween festivities in Seoul on Saturday night, with at least 26 identified as foreign nationals from 14 countries.

The tragedy, which injured at least 133 other people, occurred as tens of thousands of partygoers — many in their late teens to early 20s — flooded the nightclub district of Seoul’s Itaewon district to celebrate Halloween.

First openly gay K-pop idol Holland says he was attacked in Itaewon, called ‘a dirty gay’

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  • K-pop star Holland, whose real name is Go Tae-seob, said he was attacked and called “a dirty gay” in Seoul on Wednesday.
  • “Last night, I was walking around Itaewon with my manager and a friend. Suddenly, a stranger man approached me and hit me on the face twice, calling me ‘a dirty gay,’ Now I have a scar on my face and I’m going to the hospital soon,” the 26-year-old “Neverland” singer wrote in a tweet on Thursday.
  • “This should never happen to anybody in this world, no matter who you are,” he added. “I wish our world is filled with more love and hope rather than hate and violence.”
  • Holland, who became the first openly gay K-pop idol in South Korea in 2018, revealed during a livestream on March 24 that he now has a boyfriend who he wants to marry.

K-pop star Holland said he was attacked and called “a dirty gay” while walking around the city district of Itaewon in Seoul with his manager and a friend on Wednesday night.

Holland, whose real name is Go Tae-seob, wrote about the incident in a tweet on Thursday, showing the two cuts around his nose that he received from the attack.