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Posted 25 January 2015 - 12:47 PM

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The return to screen of entertainers with a dark past doesn't seem easy, especially it involves sexual scandals.

Singer Isu, former member of vocal group MC the Max, suffered a setback from returning to a music program after a six-year hiatus due to fierce opposition online that it was too early to let a sex offender re-appear on screen.

Isu was charged in 2009 for buying sex from a teenager while working as a public service worker. He appealed that he didn't know the girl was a teenager and was suspended from indictment.

He had kept out of the public eye until recently when he received an offer from MBC's "I Am a Singer Season 3" to appear as a regular cast. "I Am a Singer" is a music program where singers compete with each other in front of a panel audience. The third season of the program will start Friday.

Isu's appearance on the program, however, was abruptly cancelled on Jan. 22, a day after the first recording of the program. MBC announced the cancellation of Isu's participation in the program through a press release without notifying the singer.

Isu's agency opposed the decision in a press release. "We find it extremely regretful that we were informed of the decision when the recording was complete and without prior consultation with the singer involved," said Music & New.

"We accept the public sentiment that it may be too early for Isu to resume his appearance in public."

Cyber space heated up once again after the abrupt cancellation announcement by MBC on Isu's appearance. Netizens criticized the broadcasting company for its hasty decision to recruit him in the first place.

"On Isu's part, he would have been desperate to resume his career on screen which is why he grabbed the opportunity. But on MBC's part, there should have been a reasonable cause for casting him. This situation was foreseen as they left the issue ambiguous," wrote TV columnist Ha Young-min.

Meanwhile entertainers with similar past sexual wrongdoings with minors such as singer Ko Young-wook and actors Lee Kyung-young and Song Young-chang have been banned from appearing on terrestrial broadcasting stations ever since their charges were confirmed. Singer Ko Young-wook is serving a five year prison sentence for raping and sexually assaulting minors while Song and Lee have resumed acting careers in cable television and movies despite criticism.

Korea Times