Update: All Artists Mentioned In Park Kyung’s Comment About Sajaegi Announce Plans To Take Legal Action
Updated November 26 KST:
Follow his agency’s announcement that they will be taking legal action, Yoon Min Soo has personally spoken up after Park Kyung’s accusations.
On November 25, Yoon Min Soo posted on Instagram with photos of Vibe’s album covers and an image that reads, “Vibe does not do sajaegi.”
Updated November 25 KST:
Jang Deok Cheol and Hwang In Wook will also be taking legal action against Block B’s Park Kyung regarding his tweet that accused several artists of sajaegi (the manipulation of music charts and streaming numbers by an artist’s agency).
Jang Deok Cheol’s agency released the following statement:
Hello. This is LIMEZ Entertainment.
Here is our official statement regarding a certain singer who brought up our artist Jang Deok Cheol on November 24 and damaged their reputation.
First, we believe it is unfortunate that [the singer] has damaged the reputation of our artist and made a statement that he could not take responsibility for as an influential public figure. We announce that we will not take this incident lightly and take strong action to protect our artist.
To this day, the agency continues restore the reputation of our artists that was damaged due to the rumor that surfaced last April.
The statement made by the singer on the dawn of November 24 has inflicted indelible harm on the agency and our artist once again.
Moving forward, we will continuously monitor [the internet] to protect our artists. We state that we will take strong action without negotiation or leniency regarding the spreading of false facts and defamation that occur hereafter.
We thank all fans who love and believe in our artists including Jang Deok Cheol, and we once again state that we have not committed any unlawful deeds in relation to the agency’s artists.
Hwang In Wook’s agency released the following statement:
Hello. This is singer Hwang In Wook’s agency HOW Entertainment.
We announce our official statement about the singer who mentioned our artist Hwang In Wook’s name and brought up sajaegi on November 24.
We reveal that the sajaegi suspicions that were brought up on a certain singer’s personal social media account are completely false.
The agency and our singer Hwang In Wook have never committed the crime of sajaegi. We find it deeply unfortunate that a certain singer has damaged the reputation of our agency and singer by stating a false fact to the public as if it’s an accomplished fact without checking whether it is true or not.
We cannot overlook this situation, and we announce that we will take strong action according to legal procedures to settle this controversy.
We will gather documents regarding the additional spreading of false facts or malicious slander that take place after the social media post in question, and we will take strong legal measures without any sort of leniency.
All artists who were mentioned in Park Kyung’s tweet have now announced that they will be taking legal action for defamation.
Updated November 25 KST:
Song Ha Ye’s and Jeon Sang Keun’s agencies have also announced that they will be taking legal action against Block B’s Park Kyung for defamation.
The agency’s statement is as follows:
This is Song Ha Ye’s agency Plusmedia.
Here is our official statement about the sajaegi suspicions regarding our artist that were raised by a certain singer on November 24.
First of all, we inform you that the suspicions of sajaegi that were brought up are completely false. The agency and Song Ha Ye will take strong action following legal procedures regarding the spreading of false facts and defamation that are constituted by the singer’s statement.
Song Ha Ye is currently receiving psychological damage due to the controversy online. We believe it is deeply unfortunate that [the singer] has harmed the agency and our artist’s reputation through a groundless statement.
Moving forward, if anyone becomes the target of legal action by spreading groundless facts or malicious slander, we will take legal measures without lenience or negotiation.
We will continue to do our utmost to protect our artists, and we thank all fans for sending love for and supporting our artist Song Ha Ye.
Below is the statement from Jeon Sang Keun’s agency:
Hello, this is singer Jeon Sang Keun’s agency.
We inform you that the sajaegi suspicions regarding our artist that were raised by a certain singer on November 24 are completely false.
We express our regrets that the singer publicly named our artist and severely damaged his reputation without checking the facts, and the agency and Jeon Sang Keun will take strong legal action for the spreading of false facts and defamation.
Moreover, we plan to gather data regarding the malicious slander and spreading of false facts that continue to take place online and take strong measures against them.
We thank everyone who loves and supports singer Jeon Sang Keun.
Updated November 25 KST:
Lim Jae Hyun, another artist who was mentioned in Park Kyung’s tweet accusing several artists of sajaegi (the manipulation of music charts and streaming numbers by an artist’s agency), will also be taking legal action.
His agency released the following statement:
Hello, this is singer Lim Jae Hyun’s agency.
We state that the suspicions of sajaegi regarding our artist that were brought forward by Park Kyung on November 24 are completely false.
“Manipulation of charts through sajaegi” is an obvious crime, and we clearly state that the agency and artist have never committed such a crime.
We express our regret that Park Kyung publicly committed an act of libel by calling [Lim Jae Hyun] a lawbreaker. We will have him take responsibility for spreading false facts, and we will take strong action through legal measures.
Vibe’s agency has stated that it will be taking legal action in response to a post made by Block B’s Park Kyung.
On November 24, Park Kyung took to Twitter to accuse several artists, including Vibe, of sajaegi.
Later that day, Park Kyung deleted the post in question, and his agency KQ Entertainment released a formal statement apologizing to all of the artists mentioned in his tweet.
On November 25, Vibe’s agency Major 9 responded with an official statement of their own. The statement, which made no mention of KQ Entertainment’s apology, announced the agency’s plans to move forward with taking legal action—not only against Park Kyung, but also potentially against other individuals who have been posting malicious comments about Vibe online.
The agency’s full statement is as follows:
Hello, this is Major 9.
We are informing you of our position regarding the malicious remarks made by a certain artist on November 24, in which he mentioned our agency’s artist Vibe by name.
Although we gave the artist in question plenty of time to apologize through his agency, we still have not received a sincere apology, and the controversial statement in question has become accepted as fact. In order to correct this [misconception], we are announcing our plans to respond with strong legal action.
Our artist has already suffered irreversible and severe defamation, in addition to psychological pain and suffering. They express their regret that this rumor was spread so carelessly, without any fact-checking or consideration of the consequences.
We are also currently gathering evidence regarding the calumny and malicious spreading of false rumors about our agency’s artist that has been going on in the online sphere ever since the remark in question was posted. Should we decide to take legal measures against [such malicious commenters], we will be taking strong legal action without any leniency or negotiation.
Thank you to everyone who has given their love to our agency’s artist, and we will continue to do our utmost to protect our artists in the future.
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