TS Entertainment Releases Statement About 1st Trial With Jun Hyosung + Plans To Appeal
Following the courts ruling in favor of Jun Hyosung in the first trial for the legal battle between the singer and TS Entertainment, TS has revealed their intention to appeal the ruling.
TS Entertainment’s official statement is as below:
“Hello, this is TS Entertainment.
“We are revealing our stance on our exclusive contract with Jun Hyosung.
“It is true that the first trial regarding the validity of Jun Hyosung’s exclusive contract ruled that the exclusive contract is invalid. However, we are naturally planning on filing an appeal through our legal representative because the court ruled that our company did not commit any unfair transfers regarding payments and management.
“Jun Hyosung filed a lawsuit in September 2017 against our company to confirm the invalidity of her exclusive contract based on contract violations with unfair transfers regarding payments and management as the reason. The court cited parts of Jun Hyosung’s claims, but the validity for a considerable amount of her claims were not acknowledged and dismissed.
“First, Jun Hyosung claimed that she has not received any payments from the company since a payment of around 6 million won (approximately $5,300) in 2015. She also claimed that she was underpaid because costs that cannot be deducted as they were not directly related to entertainment activities were deducted which is a violation of payment duties.
“However, in regards to the problem of getting underpaid, the court acknowledged that the deduction was valid in cases of distribution of profits according to the exclusive contract. The ruling stated, ‘It cannot be determined that TS Entertainment didn’t fulfill their duties of paying Jun Hyosung and that she was underpaid.’
“Also, the court ruled that it cannot be determined that the company did not fulfill their payment duties because Jun Hyosung rejected receiving payments starting from when she raised issues about the validity of her exclusive contract.
“Second, Jun Hyosung claimed, ‘[the company] violated the duty to receive her prior consent in management rights for her acting activities being transferred to a third party which was done without prior consent.’
“However, because a part of her management was acted out by an agency in order for her entertainment activities to be organized to run smoothly, the court ruled that we did not violate the exclusive contract. The court stated, ‘It cannot be determined that full or partial rights to her exclusive contract were transferred to a third party.’
“Third, Jun Hyosung claimed that the company violated duties to explain prior to making contracts regarding her acting management contract and various variety appearance contracts.
“However, the court stated, ‘It cannot be determined that TS Entertainment did not fulfill their duties to explain beforehand to Jun Hyosung.’
“Fourth, Jun Hyosung claimed that our agency employees did not faithfully carry out their management duties for her entertainment activities.
“However, the court stated, ‘It cannot be determined that TS Entertainment did not faithfully carry out their management duties for Jun Hyosung.’
“Upon examining the court’s ruling above, you can see that our company had no issues regarding transparency of payments, fulfilling payment duties, and faithfully carrying out management duties.
“Also, regarding the 130 million won (approximately $115,000) that was revealed through the press, Jun Hyosung rejected receiving payments starting from when she raised issues with the validity of her exclusive contract. This is not an amount that came from wrong payments.
“Furthermore, the truth is different from what Jun Hyosung’s legal representative Lawyer Park Jung Ho said through the press about ‘the court’s ruling meaning that Jun Hyosung is practically receiving everything she demanded from the lawsuit excluding taxes and other exemptions.’
“The court only ruled that the exclusive contract is not valid due to the company being seen as lacking in regards to providing payment materials.
“Whenever making payments, the company has made payment materials available for reading and held payment explanation meetings in processing payments. On June 15, 2017, Jun Hyosung’s side raised an issue with payments and requested materials be made available. On June 20, at 10 a.m. we made the payment materials available for reading at our office and after consulting decided to release it, but Jun Hyosung’s side did not come so the payment materials were not taken by them.
“Following this the company said, ‘We released all of the payment materials and in the process decided that some parts needed to be released so we blacked out some important parts in order for it to be viewed outside of the company.’ We are very disappointed that the court ruled that we did not fulfill our duties in providing payment materials because of this and the contract was terminated.
“Our company expresses regret at the court’s ruling and we will do our best until the end to appeal and straighten out the truth.
“Also, we will take strict legal responsibility regarding the spreading of false statements and defamation against our artists and our employees.
“We would like to express our thanks to the many people who are looking over our company and supporting us.”
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