MASC’s Agency Releases Official Statement On Assault Incident + Chibin’s Decision To Leave Group
MASC’s agency has released an official statement regarding the assault incident involving ACE and Chibin.
JJ Holic Media took to MASC’s official fan cafe on July 30 to share their statement. It read, “First, we want to sincerely apologize to the fans who have loved and supported MSAC for worrying you with such bad news. We are apologetic that we were unable to prevent this incident, and we feel a strong sense of responsibility.”
They continued, “Since March up till now, we have been holding deep conversations with the members of MASC in order to ensure that the remaining members are not affected negatively by the situation. We had been discussing their future activities and schedules when this incident unfortunately came to light. We were slow to notify you of this incident as we were worried that it would negatively affect the other members and the name of ‘MASC,’ and this is also why our official statement has been delayed as well, and for that we apologize.”
The agency then spoke about the current status of ACE and Chibin as they wrote, “Since the incident in March, ACE has been excluded from the member roster. This decision was made as we believed he is not able to continue group promotions and there is no absolutely no excuse for his use of physical violence.” The agency said, “Chibin, who has been resting as he receives treatment for his mental trauma, came to us last month and stated that he finds it difficult to continue activities as MASC. He is currently preparing to apply for college and change his career path to acting.”
JJ Holic Media concluded by stating, “We want to apologize once again for worrying so many people, and we ask for your support for the other MASC members so that they are no longer hurt by what has happened. We will take this as a lesson to become an agency that is more attentive and considerate of our artists. We will also do our best to make sure that the incident is concluded as soon as possible. Thank you.”
On July 26, Chibin revealed through his Instagram account that he had been physically assaulted by someone he knew, and then went on to elaborate on the incident. On July 28, ACE confirmed that he had been the assailant and had left the group. However, he has stated that some of the details shared by Chibin are incorrect, and both parties have since held interviews to elaborate on their side of the story.