Expat TV sensation Enes Kaya battles adultery accusations
Over the past few years, Koreans have slowly started to open up to the idea of foreigners living, working and fully integrating themselves into modern-day Korean society. Of course, while some are still against the idea, the appearance and popularization of foreigners featured on Korean television has really helped to change the minds of both young and old generations alike.
Which is why recent accusations against Enes Kaya (popular expat TV sensation from 비정상회담 ‘Non-Summit’) couldn’t have come at a worse time. Foreigner-focused TV shows are all the rage here in Korea at the moment, and Koreans are being introduced to different ideas and perspectives from these various cultural ambassadors. However, the perspective of foreigners in the eyes of the average Korean might change drastically after today (regardless if rumours about Kaya are true or not).
It all started a few days ago (Dec. 2) when the first woman in question (who still remains anonymous) finally decided to ‘come clean’ about her apparent bizarre and shocking encounters with Kaya, who is reported to be married to a Korean woman and has a child, as well. She claimed Kaya told her he wasn’t married and seduced her with lewd comments and made several advances at her. Rumours of this first encounter spread so fast online, that the star has already apparently decided to pull the plug on all of his future TV appearances for the time being. There are snaps and screenshots of various texts/ messenger conversations between Kaya and the mystery woman available online that, if true, could result in severe backlash against the 비정상회담 star. Now, after a few days, more women (via an article posted on Koreaboo.com) have come forward claiming they had similar interactions with Kaya.
The most shocking claim from Kaya can be found in snapshots of his KakaoTalk conversations with the first anonymous woman, where he denied on several occasions the existence of a wife and child, saying that the network/ TV producers fabricated stories about a fake marriage and advised the woman that he was actually single. The odd thing is that Kaya admitted publicly several years ago that he got married to a Korean woman. So, where’s the real truth here?
We can’t confirm what is absolutely true or completely false as of yet, but what we can say is – Kaya’s career in Korea has come to a sudden, screeching halt. He has developed quite the name for himself here in Korea over the past 11 years, but his image may be permanently tainted and there will likely be no chance for him to recover from such a press nightmare. He has since spoken out, saying that he will be working with his lawyer to clarify and clear up any false accusations, but it’s unclear if his evidence is strong enough to beat out what has already surfaced online.
Let us know what you think about all of this. Did you ever watch 비정상회담? As a fellow expat or Korean native, were you a fan of Enes, and do you think that his alleged behaviour gives all foreigners a bad name and an image of being ultimately dangerous and deceptive? Leave your comments below!