Lee Seok Cheol’s Side Responds To Further Claims Made By Media Line Entertainment, Including Suggestion Of Abuse By Lee Seok Cheol’s Father
December 28, Media Line Entertainment released another statement to the press, and the legal representative of Lee Seok Cheol and Lee Seung Hyun responded asking Media Line Entertainment to stop using press to try and sway public opinion and to submit their statements and evidence to investigative authorities if they have something to say.
Previously, on December 26, Media Line Entertainment held a press conference with CEO Kim Chang Hwan, Lee Jung Hyun, and former The East Light Members Jung Sa Gang and Lee Eun Sung, in which they refuted the claims made by brothers Lee Seok Cheol and Lee Seung Hyun. The CEO said the members of The East Light knew that they would receive physical punishment when having done something wrong, and that the parents were also aware. Lee Eun Sung and Jung Sa Gang also gave statements during the press conference, saying how close they are to the CEO and that the reports thus far have not been true.
In Media Line’s following press release on December 28, the agency asks Lee Seok Cheol’s side to “stop exaggerating and distorting the truth with lies.”
Media Line said:
From the moment the press reported on this matter, we’ve consistently taken moral responsibility regarding the actions of our employees. Due to concern for further harm to the brothers Lee Seok Cheol and Lee Seung Hyun as well as the other members of The East Light, we refrained from responding through press. However, the plaintiff’s side, who has been speaking to press since the beginning, is saying that we’re making false claims with no facts.
The agency added that they haven’t violated the rights of their artists, and simply did everything they could to care for them. Media Line went on to claim that Lee Seok Cheol and Lee Seung Hyun’s father knew and kept quiet about Moon Young Il’s abuse, and expressed their suspicions that the brothers were being abused by their father, as well.
On why they held a press conference so long after the initial reports of abuse, the agency said that they submitted plenty of evidence to support their claims during police investigation, but that what was said by Lee Seok Cheol’s side in the press was already being presented and accepted as truth.
Media Line’s claim that Lee Seok Cheol’s father abused the brothers was denied by the father, who said in an interview with Xportsnews that it’s not true. He asked that Media Line produce evidence to support their claims and revealed that he plans to sue for defamation.
Lee Seok Cheol and Lee Seung Hyun’s side also responded via their legal representative:
We are asking Media Line Entertainment to stop the press war with indiscriminate claims and documents and to submit any statements and evidence to investigative authorities.
Regarding Media Line’s [December 26] press conference, we’ve expressed that they should submit evidence if they have any to prosecutors, who are currently investigating the matter. Considering that there were no facts discussed during the press conference, but rather false claims, we previously released a bare minimum rebuttal.
Today, Media Line once again sent out another press release and documents to the media refuting our claims. This is an attempt to influence the investigation with indiscriminate claims and documents released through press, and it’s incredibly unjust.
On the claims made during Media Line’s [December 26] press conference, we are preparing a detailed rebuttal, and will be submitting it to prosecutors, in addition to a rebuttal made regarding Media Line’s additional claims made today [December 28]. Following, Media Line should stop trying to influence the investigation through the press and simply submit necessary statements or evidence to prosecutors.
Additionally, while Moon Young Il was to be detained until December 29, we have confirmed that the arrest has been extended by 10 days (until January 8, 2019). As a result, whether or not the suspects will be indicted will be determined in early January.
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