Hong Jin Young Reveals That She Filed Lawsuit For Contract Termination Against Her Longtime Agency

Updated August 23 KST: Music K Entertainment Responds To Hong Jin Young’s Lawsuit For Contract Termination

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On August 23, Hong Jin Young took to Instagram to share the news that she had filed a lawsuit against her longtime agency to terminate her exclusive contract.

The following is her statement:

Hello, this is Hong Jin Young. I am about to deliver some sudden and serious news to everyone today…

I have taken legal proceedings to terminate my contract with the agency that I have thought of as family for over 10 years, from my debut until now. I have been thinking over this decision every day since April, and every day was painful with doubts, worries, and fears.

Because I trusted and was loyal to my agency, I never tried to properly assert my own opinion to the agency but immersed myself in the work without ever skipping out on my schedule.

After seeing various online comments that accused me of being unhealthily obsessed with money, I hated that I had that kind of image and there were many times when I wished I could take a break. But I thought that working hard to perform at multiple consecutive events per day and dozens and dozens of events per month was repaying my agency for taking me in when I was nothing.

But suddenly my health took a turn for the worse and in the beginning of June, I had to have surgery for inflammation of the lower abdomen. It was very difficult to carry out my scheduled events and I pleaded to them that I was in pain multiple times, but they enforced my schedule nonetheless. Moreover, there were many things that were taking place in my name but without my knowledge. There was a dual contract with an advertiser that I didn’t know about, and there were suspicious accounting practices like subtracting money every month in the name of “commissions” through a paper company. At the very least, this money would amount to millions of won, and sometimes would even run to ten millions of won. They forced me to enter into joint business contracts that I didn’t want and would subtract some of the profits from my events and commercial advertisements. After thinking it over, I sent my agency a notice to terminate my exclusive contract in June.

Even I did not think that the situation would ever become like this. We were a family, and I had iron faith in them. We had spent so much time together that I thought there must have been a misunderstanding. Until the very end, I trusted that there might be an explanation or an apology.

But the agency did not apologize, only gave excuses, and did not acknowledge that they had done wrong. After seeing that, I decided that I could no longer be in a relationship of trust with them.

Today, I sent the court an application for an injunction against my agency to terminate the effect of my exclusive contract. I have decided to sue representatives of my agency, whose betrayal was even greater by the fact that they had always said that we were like family. I am also pained that things have come to this. I was not able to sleep comfortably and spent many days crying to myself. Even while writing this, I have tears in my eyes. I want to show everyone my bright personality and promised myself when I was a rookie that I would not show myself having a hard time. I’m really sorry to be showing this side of myself to everyone now.

I trusted my agency for so many years that the betrayal that I’ve witnessed over the past few months has left a huge wound. I have to fight on my own now, and I judged that it would be best if I told everyone this news directly, so that’s why I’m writing this. I’m sorry for causing concern to the people who have supported me.

Hong Jin Young’s agency is Music K Entertainment. When asked by fnStar for a statement, they said, “We are currently checking the truth of the matter. We’ll release an official statement after confirming.”

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