The East Light’s Agency CEO Issues Statement Following Press Conference About Abuse
Media Line Entertainment CEO Kim Chang Hwan issued a statement after The East Light’s leader Lee Seok Cheol opened up at a press conference on October 19 about the verbal and physical abuse that the group members have suffered under the CEO and a producer (referred to as “A”).
The statement reads as follows:
“This is Kim Chang Hwan, the CEO and general producer of The East Light’s agency Media Line Entertainment.
“Firstly, as the person who is responsible for Media Line Entertainment and The East Light, I am strongly aware of my faults and apologize profusely for what has arisen because I was unable to properly manage the staff.
“As I watched Lee Seok Cheol’s press conference, my heart ached as much as it did when I first found out a year and four months ago that the members had been victims of assault. However, as was stated yesterday, while working with many artists in the past 30 years of my career, I have never once instigated or abetted violence, and while there have been times where I’ve taught or cautioned the members, I state once again that I have never committed verbal abuse or assault.
“I humbly accept the criticism in regards to my mistakes and negligence, and I will try to dispel all doubts by approaching them with honesty. However, for the future of the remaining four members of The East Light, we will be making an active response in regards to acts of defamation committed through exaggerated false information.
“I apologize once again for causing concern through this controversy.”
It was first reported on October 18 that the members of The East Light have been verbally abused by Kim Chang Hwan and physically abused by producer “A” since 2015. At the press conference on October 19, The East Light’s lawyer stated that the group will be taking legal action against both “A” and Kim Chang Hwan.