Los Angeles police are investigating a second death threat against Jimin, a vocalist in South Korean boy band BTS (also known as Bangtan Boys), ahead of the group’s upcoming Love Yourself world tour, broadcaster NBC reported on 12 July 2018.
An anonymous Instagram user posted a photo of a gun and a statement that they plan to shoot Jimin “right in the head” at the seven-piece boy band’s Los Angeles concert on 5 September, reported Metro.co.uk.
Without divulging further details, Los Angeles Police Department officer Tony Im told NBC, “We are aware of the matter and are looking into it.”
The first death threat relating to BTS’s upcoming sold-out world tour came in May 2018, when an anonymous person threatened to kill Jimin with a gun at the Fort Worth, Texas show on 16 September. “It’s going to be fun seeing his lifeless body hit the floor,” the user said on question-and-answer social network Curious Cat, according to Metro.co.uk.
Another death threat against Jimin was made in March 2017 on Twitter, with an ‘anti-fan’ account threatening to shoot the singer at a BTS concert in Anaheim, California that April.
‘Anti-fans’ are people who have an aversion to a particular piece of media or artist and usually specify that media or artist in their name.
Jimin isn’t the only Korean pop star to be threatened in recent years. In June 2017, a man called Gangnam police in Seoul and said he wanted to stab the members of girl group Apink.
A day earlier, Mina Miyoui from girl group Twice received a death threat via social media of an image of a wrist and a knife with a message the singer would be violently murdered is she didn’t mutilate her boyfriend. The threat turned out to be a practical joke.
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