Ha Minho’s controversy started w/ the alleged screenshots of him flirting with girls- I read the translations HERE. Of course this doesn’t seem terrible to international fans, but you have to take into account that these things might be viewed differently in Korea.
Edit: Just wanted to clear something up, just in case- When I said they (the messages) don’t seem terrible- I didn’t mean to make it look like I was downplaying the grossness of them, I was simply trying to say that to some international fans the messages may not seem terrible. This is obviously subjective to a person’s own definition of what terrible is. But to me, and to most other people, they are terrible and very gross, regardless of the sad fact that in some high schools (including the one I attended) these messages would seem like the “norm”.
Anyway, I assume when you say proven false you mean this tweet? I appreciate the effort that went into that but that’s honestly how jpegs look when they’re compressed. The screenshot was already low quality to begin with. There’s not much that proves other than the fact that the image is low quality.
The main point of the controversy and his subsequent dismissal from the show and his contract isn’t the screenshots, though. While they may have started the momentum, his ex-girlfriend did come forward and shared her story (you can read a translation here) which is a lot more serious than the screenshots.
To be honest, at this point, whether the screenshots are fake or not doesn’t really matter. His company did not deny the scandal. They looked into it and obviously found at least something very wrong so they terminated his contract and pulled him from the show as soon as possible. That’s a red flag that SOMETHING is true. What that is, of course, is up to speculation (although I’m pretty sure it was the harassment/bullying), but either way, he was wrong to do it.