Kris (Wu Yi Fan) Releases Official Statement in Response to SM Entertainment’s Lawsuit
Kris (Wu Yi Fan) has released an official statement regarding the latest lawsuit filed against him by his former agency SM Entertainment.
On July 31, Wu Yi Fan’s current personal workshop announced his statement.
The statement read:
SM Entertainment in Korea has filed a lawsuit against Kris and his employers in China, claiming that he has breached the contract with the Korean company.
On January 13, 2008, Kris became an SM trainee in a foreign country to fulfill his dream of becoming a star. During his time as a trainee, his debut plans kept getting pushed by SM Entertainment, on multiple occasions. And after debuting in 2012, in January of 2013 when the group was recording, Kris found out that his part, for which he practiced for about 10 days, had suddenly been cancelled. He asked SM why this was, and they forcefully asked him to leave EXO for a few months, disturbing Kris’ career. After multilateral negotiations, Kris returned to the team, but he was continuously treated unfairly and oppressively. SM’s discriminatory treatment, unbearable treatment, and lack of vacation resulted in a serious health problem for Kris. From July of 2013 Kris worked while taking medication, and in January of 2014, he was diagnosed with myocarditis in China. Despite these situations, SM did not look after Kris and his health. Furthermore, due to unfair profit allocation and lack of support in Kris’ development, he lost all trust in SM’s management.
Due to the reasons above, Kris unfortunately had to file a lawsuit against SM Entertainment with the Seoul Central District Court on May 15, 2014. On May 14, 2015, the Court ordered SM to grant management rights to him outside of Korea. Kris’ side considered the court’s decision fair. But even after a year of negotiations, SM did not accept the court’s decision, and they continue to take the issue to court. This is SM trying delay terminating the contract with Kris and to get in the way of his career as an entertainer.
Kris has always been thankful for SM, and he is also thankful for everyone who has helped him develop. He has wished to accept the court’s decision previously, and he will continue to accept what the court deems appropriate.
Moreover, Kris is currently working with a Chinese-Korean legal team to solve this issue, and as promised, he will continue his Chinese schedule. He will not make any claims to the SM Entertainment’s contract with him until the lawsuit is settled, and he will leave all matters to the legal team.
What are your thoughts on his statement?