TWICE’s Nayeon currently is under police protection following an ongoing threat from a stalker.
On Jan. 1, TWICE’s company JYP Entertainment issued a statement titled “Related to Nayeon’s overseas stalker issue,” revealing that the girl group member was under police protection after a man attempted to approach her and followed the popular K-pop act on a flight from Japan to South Korea.
“Today [Jan. 1] when boarding a return flight from Japan to Korea, a stalker of TWICE member Nayeon attempted to approach her numerous times after boarding,” reads the statement, as per Soompi’s translation. “We were able to respond to the situation right away, and [Nayeon] wasn’t harmed, but she is currently quite discomfited and anxious. Due to the incident, Nayeon is currently under police protection. We warned the stalker several times to halt his actions, but he ignored our warnings and attempted to force his way through and raised his voice, escalating the situation with problematic behavior.”
It also said that JYP is also taking legal action against the man, and investigating the inappropriate release of artists’ flight schedules and information.
A post to TWICE’s Instagram story appeared during the flight. “Please go home,” it read. “Please stop. Please, I ask this of you.” It has been circulated by fans of the act, who screengrabbed the graphic before it was deleted from the account.
The incident followed multiple videos, posts, and attempts by a German man in recent months to reach Nayeon (also known as Im Na-yeon). JYP Entertainment has communicated with the man numerous times, but he has persisted in trying to get close to the 24-year-old singer, even while denying that he is a stalker despite mounting evidence against him. JYP had previously issued a statement on Dec. 19 in which the company revealed it was taking action against allegations of stalking and requesting police protection for Nayeon. Prior to that, the company had issued several statements in December revealing it was taking action against malicious comments and activities aimed at its artists.