In response to the recently revealed text messages between Clara and Polaris Entertainment’s CEO Lee Jong Myung by Dispatch, which largely contained information supporting Polaris, Clara’s lawyer has also taken to the media to reveal their side of the story.
He explains some points regarding the legal battle between the actress and Polaris:
Regarding the issue of “sexual harassment”
“The article that was released about ‘sexual harassment’ had nothing to do with us. We never revealed any documents or information. The first ones to mention ‘sexual harassment’ in reports was Polaris,” says Clara’s legal rep.
The reason for being against revealing the full text content?
“These types of celebrity conflicts always result in relatively larger hits on the celebrity. And that’s why our actions were continuously passive. (Polaris requested) to reveal the full content of the texts, but from the point of view of the celebrity, who would want to do that? For the civil and the criminal suit, we revealed all the texts to the judge and investigative chief, respectively.”
Regarding the messages that were revealed
“They only make up about 30-40%? It doesn’t even come to half of the texts exchanged. Polaris claims that it was revealed by media with no connection to the agency, but we believe that Polaris is attempting to avoid any legal responsibility regarding libel and defamation. We can only see the report as something backed by Polaris, as the claims made are identical to those of the agency. It seems the statement that the contract ‘was no different from an exclusive contract’ is something taken straight from the analysis of Polaris’ legal expert. The content of the report is edited so that it’s favorable to Polaris and disadvantageous to Clara, and was just released at an opportune time.”
Is there any evidence other than the texts?
“We have emails and recordings. Those contain information so sensitive it’s difficult to release to the media.”
The main content of the lawsuit is?
“It’s been made out to be ‘sexual harassment,’ but that is not the only reason for [Clara] wanting to end the contract. Overall, the decision to cancel the contract was made considering the fact that Polaris didn’t follow through on their promises. The one who sent the certification of contents and started the legal dispute is Polaris. The focus of the lawsuit is that Polaris didn’t keep their promise, which led to the request for contract nullification. It is a matter that should have ended with the civil suit but [Polaris] suddenly revealed their criminal suit to the media, and Clara has received a major impact on her image as a result.”
Plans for future legal action?
“If we are attacked 10 times, we will defend ourselves each time. That is all. (Polaris’ plan) seems to be one similar to previous celebrity legal disputes, pressuring Clara through media and subsequently attempting to take hold of the stronger position in negotiations.”