In light of the recent scandal involving their company CEO, Jang Seok Woo, Open World Entertainment has issued an official statement about the media reports regarding his arrest, and it basically consists of damage control and threats.
The representatives of Open World Entertainment issued a message titled “Warning of Legal Action For Defamation of Character Due to False, Exaggerated Reports, and Interference of Work” to Korean media outlets:
2012.4.10 False reports and exaggerations (such as the number of victims being over 20) by a portion of the media reports about Open World Entertainment’s CEO Mr. Jang as well as the confiscation, investigation, and arrest. By releasing the real names and pictures of stars under the agency who have nothing to do with the suspicions concerning Mr. Jang, artists and the reputation of Open World Entertainment have been defamed, causing setbacks in work and loss.
Shedding light on such a situation, Open World Entertainment’s officials, all agency artists, and CEO Jang Suk Woo’s legal representative request the withdrawal of articles, and will take legal action against media outlets that do not issue out correction apology articles as well as the rest of the media outlets that have been blindly following the false, exaggerated reports, and will also make sure that there will be no reports defaming agency artists.
Oh, the number of victims was less than 20, so that makes it cool, yo.
Basically, this statement is full of empty threats towards the media and serves as a way to try to control the image of the ongoing investigation, but somehow I don’t think it’s going to work.
For starters, they aren’t a major company, so I doubt the media will give a shit about their threats. And yes, unfortunately that matters.
Furthermore, not sure about you, but if this is their rebuttal to the serious charges levied against their CEO, it doesn’t sound good. Shit, there isn’t even a half-hearted attempt at a denial in there.
At least they finally confirmed the name of the guy in question, even though anybody with Google could have figured that out from the initial release.