New Evidence in Alleged Fraud by Choi Eunbin of “Produce 101” Surface; Agency Responds
New photos and documents have been revealed regarding the fraud accusation case against Choi Eunbin, a former trainee of Mnet’s “Produce 101.”
According to the documents, Choi Eunbin sent a certificate of content regarding the cancellation of her exclusive contract with her agency Nextar Entertainment this March. Choi Eunbin, who had signed an exclusive contract with Nextar Entertainment on March 2012, claimed through the document that the contract was invalid, citing reasons such as default of obligation, among others.
An affiliate of GM Music helped in sending the certificate. A screenshot of a conversation between the affiliate and Choi Eunbin on a mobile messenger service allegedly show that GM Music had sent the certificate under joint understanding by both sides and also show a discussion regarding her subsequent schedules, such as meeting with the stylist.
It seems that Choi Eunbin left Nextar Entertainment and decided to join GM Music’s girl group Black Swan. After confirming the contracting verbally, GM Music apparently supported Choi Eunbin’s appearance on Mnet’s audition program “Produce 101,” at her request.
Nextar Entertainment refuted the claims, saying that they, “still have an exclusive contract with Choi Eunbin” and “GM Music and Choi Eunbin did meet several times and talked but they never agreed on a verbal or written contract.” The agency went on to claim that Choi Eunbin’s appearance on “Produce 101” was completely supported by Nextar Entertainment and that they are planning her debut and music release through Nextar Entertainment as well.
However, photos of Choi Eunbin hanging out in the recording rooms for GM Music is giving less credibility to Nextar Entertainment’s claims. Choi Eunbin allegedly was also seen getting on a GM Music vehicle at the filming set for “Produce 101.”
Nextar Entertainment released an official statement concerning this issue saying, “The current reality of trainees is that they sometimes feel frustration from the long training periods and postponement of their debut. Choi Eunbin also likely felt tempted to work with another company because of the desire to debut as a singer as soon as possible.”
The agency continued by saying that they heard the news of GM Music taking legal action against Choi Eunbin for breach of contract and fraud. Although they are looking into it further, as it is very sudden news, Nextar Entertainment wasn’t sure what it meant for another company to take legal action regarding contracting when the trainee in question was under Nextar Entertainment.
Regarding the claims that GM Music supported Choi Eunbin’s appearance in “Produce 101,” the statement reads, “Before arguing the truth of this matter, there is a point that we just don’t understand practically. We would like to ask the public, although it definitely has legal consequences, is it morally possible for an external agency to propose to work with a trainee that is already exclusively signed with an agency?
Although this case is a personal lawsuit, as she is an individual who is signed exclusively under Nextar Entertainment, the company will do its best to offer legal support to Choi Eunbin for this case. However, we would like to make it known that Choi Eunbin, who is the core of this incident, is and has been signed with Nextar Entertainment from early 2012 until the present and that she has been working toward her dream to become a singer by participating in programs such as “Produce 101″ while under her contract with Nextar Entertainment.
We ask that you please protect Choi Eunbin’s dream to become a singer.”
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