KUALA LUMPUR: Popular Korean actors Yoo Ah In and Gong Hyo Jin, who were expected to appear at Burberry's recent fashion show in London were reportedly banned from attending due to the novel coronavirus outbreak.
According to Koreaboo, various reports claimed that the two celebs and fashion icons were allegedly discriminated against.
Other Korean influencers and members of the press were also reported to have been blocked from attending the event.
The luxury fashion brand was alleged to have excluded those from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Japan as well.
Apparently, other brands such as Mulberry, Anya Hindmarch and Vivienne Westwood had not restricted the participation of Asian celebrities and press during their events, which were held in conjunction with the recent Fashion Week in London.
But Yoo's management company, United Artist Agency, had issued a statement to quickly clear the air.
It said: "Burberry didn’t tell us not to come. They asked if we would like to come, and after discussions, we decided not to attend as a precaution for everyone."
It added: "What kind of global brand would not invite their official ambassador to come to their event?"
Meanwhile, Gong's agency, Management Soop, also gave a similar explanation on the matter.
It said: "As we find ourselves in this situation, we discussed with Burberry and decided not to attend the show for the safety of everyone. It’s not true that we were banned from the fashion show."