The three members of group Dong Bang Shin Ki who are claiming to
have an unfair contract dispute with their agency, SM Entertainment,
presented at the court secretly on October 13th and had
failed to reach agreement with SM.
Previously on October 12th, the two sides had submitted final
official stand documents that have been required since early this month
for review so the court could make a final decision.
At the end of July this year, Dong Bang Shin Ki members Jaejoong, Yoochun, and Junsu
filed their disposition application to Seoul Central District Court to
terminate the exclusive contract effect against SM Entertainment.
Reportedly on July 30th at 4 pm, wearing sunglasses, the members
entered hurriedly to the side entrance of the court building. They
secretly received report about the trial request date and other
information regarding the case was not disclosed. There was no
appearance of the fans, and even most of court staffs couldn’t
recognize the three members who disguised themselves just like ordinary
civilians so they could move without any fuss.
On August 22nd the legal representative of the three members forwarded the
members’ feelings to the court, “We found it very difficult to improve
and reach our goals in this industry if we live under SM’s management
with all its terms and conditions.”
It’s also reported that, “The arguments happened with SM Lee Soo Man regarding
this dispute already reached our highest limit of emotion.” Meanwhile
the other two members who don’t participate in the legal case and still
have listed activities with SM said, “It’s not possible to breakdown a
group of 5 people who actually still want to work together.” showing
their intention to keep shinning together as a group.
After the failure of yesterday’s mediation between two sides, court
won’t summon the 3 members any further and will make its final decision
Translation by: SYC
In the past three months, DBSK members and SM Ent
attended at the Seoul Central District Court to coordinate the process
of the case. The court agreed that both sides should come up with an
amicable decision but because of the differences between each other,
the agreement did not end the conflict.
For TVXQ “They have the deep feeling that their goal which is changing their work conditions seems to be difficult to reach”.
The court is planning to make a difficult decision for both sides later in the month.