YG Entertainment said they will take legal action against vicious rumor spreaders after 2NE1’s Park Bom, Minzy, and Dara were recently involved in false drug scandals.
The false rumors first started spreading after E-Sens of Supreme Team was arrested for smoking marijuana a couple days ago. Shortly after his arrest, Korean press reported there was a black list of star celebrities who smoked pot in Korea and it would be made public soon. One of the names rumored to be on that list was Park Bom, and later the rumor grew into include other 2NE1 members too, as it quickly spread through Twitter and Facebook.
“Park Bom has absolutely nothing to do with that list. It’s completely false so we just didn’t pay any attention to the rumors. But people started taking it as the truth and so we decided to address the issue with harsh legal measures,” YGE said.
“The initial rumor-spreader is currently being investigated by the Korean cyber police. We will also file a defamation lawsuit against some of the Korean press that falsely reported on this without enough fact-checking,” YGE added.
Meanwhile, YGE has passed screening to go public on the KOSDAQ (Korean Securities Dealers Automated Quotations), a trading board of Korea’s stock market, and is expected to be listed by later this month. However, following recent drug scandals involving some of its top artists, YGE’s initial public offering is expected drop nearly 10%.
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