Noh Hong Chul found himself the target of disgruntled netizens after his overly “intimate” action towards Eugene. Some netizens felt that it amounted to sexual harassment and heated discussions ensued on discussion boards.
Noh Hong Chul and Eugene were guests on MBC “Come To Play” “Return of the Kings” Special where members from popular idol groups of the past shared their stories on 25th August. Eugene who was a former S.E.S member started dancing to their popular hit “I’m Your Girl” with Noh Hong Chul also joining in as he was a fan himself. But midway, Noh Hong Chul came behind Eugene suddenly, hugging her and sticking his face next to her. His action left MC Yoo and the rest of the guests flustered as the red siren sounded in the studio. Viewers and netizens were also pretty unhappy about this.
(happens around 4:55)
One netizen “Salmon2” posted the topic on the official “Come To Play” website, “Noh Hong Chul….totally obscene” and claimed that Noh Hong Chul’s action towards Eugene amounted to sexual harassment.
This netizen wrote
I feel really low after watching Noh Hong Chul’s performance. I am not one who loves to find fault while watching variety shows, but seeing Noh Hong Chul, I find that he is really not in the right frame of mind. He is not just hugging her lightly for the sake of creating laughter. He held on to her for a pretty long time until others dragged him off her. I felt that that was sexual harassment.
Eugene is really pitiful. In this situation, should Eugene be angry or sue him? If it’s just for laughs, probably she can just laugh it off. But this was simply too much. I am not sure if that’s Noh Hong Chul trying to build his “bitchy” image, but he should know when it’s appropriate to do this or that depending on situation.