Daisy Says Agency Did Not Let Her Resume Promotions With MOMOLAND + Demanded 1.1 Billion Won For Contract Termination
KBS reported that the reason Daisy had come to their reporters was that she has been in conflict with her agency MLD Entertainment for a long time. Because of this, she had requested the termination of her contract with the company, however the agency demanded a large penalty for a breach of contract in return.
KBS described how in March 2019, MOMOLAND returned but with a smaller lineup. Daisy did not take part in the comeback for personal reasons.
She expressed her desire to promote again starting in May, but she was not given any opportunities for eight months after this.
Daisy said to KBS, “I told them that I thought I could [promote] but they kept saying to me, ‘No, it would be good if you rested.'”
KBS reports that she requested a termination of her contract, but the agency demanded a penalty of 1.1 billion won (approximately $943,330). On what’s known as a standard contract, it states that if an artist breaks the contract, they have to pay a penalty beyond compensation for damages.
KBS advisory lawyer Yang Seung Kook stated, “[The agency] has to prove that they carried out their duties properly, that the artist aims to unilaterally break their contract, and that they have really violated their contract.”
This standard contract protocol was put in place in 2009 with the intention of preventing unfair contracts between agencies and artists, however there have been criticisms of it. KBS reports that while it’s the duty of an agency to secure activities for an artist, if they do not do so, there are no ways of disciplining the agency, and the protocol also allows for a system of unfair costs being passed on to the artist.
MLD’s representative has said that it is up to the company to decide whether or not a member promotes and that they notified Daisy of the penalty because her side first revealed her desire to withdraw.
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