U.S. Authorities Investigate Anonymous Death Threats Against BTS' Jimin Ahead of Upcoming Concerts
Multiple anonymous threats against BTS' Jimin ahead of upcoming Stateside stops of the act’s Love Yourself world tour have local police forces looking into the situation.
On May 10, a post from an anonymous user on the Curious Cat question-oriented app was shared on Twitter by a fan of BTS using the handle @TaehyungsBaby95, alerting the Fort Worth police of a potential threat against the Korean pop star. The user wrote that they were intending to shoot Jimin "in Fort Worth on September 16 while he sings Serendipity." They provided graphic, disturbing details about their intent, along with allegations regarding racism within BTS’ fandom aimed at black fans of the group, which Buzzfeed reported primarily takes place on anonymous apps like Curious Cat.
The Fort Worth Police Department’s Twitter account responded later that day to say that they “are aware of this threat and it is currently being investigated/looked into by our Intel unit.”
We are aware of this threat and it is currently being investigated/looked into by our Intel unit.— Fort Worth Police (@fortworthpd) May 10, 2018
A similar threat has the Los Angeles Police Department investigating allegations aimed at Jimin in regards to the first of the group’s four stops at the LA Staples Center in early September, set to kick off on Sept. 5.
On July 12, NBC News Los Angeles (KNBC) reported that LAPD was investigating the allegations. "We are aware of the matter and are looking into it," said Public Information Officer Tony Im of the LAPD's Media Relations Section.
In the past, BTS has cut Stateside concerts short due to anonymous threats aimed at the members.
The Korea Daily reports that BTS’ Big Hit Entertainment has issued a statement in which it says the company will take “necessary measures against activities that threaten the safety of its members and fans.”