Block B has filed a lawsuit against their agency, Stardom Entertainment, accusing them of not living up to their end of the deal and stealing money, among other things. As such, they have requested a nullification of their exclusive contract.
According to the media outlets that reported this, the Block B members have filed against Stardom at the Seoul Central District Court, stating, “During the signing of the exclusive contract, it was promised that in addition to providing proper training opportunity and facilities, we would be paid on every 25th of the following month… However, the agency has not paid us for nearly one year since April of 2011.” (it’s not clear whether it is 2011 or 2012 since the quote in the article states that it is nearly a year, but April of 2011 would be well over a year).
“It started last year in March when one member’s contract was ended and his portion of the pay was calculated… Appearance fees from events as well as pay from SBS drama ‘Phantom’s OST, MBC drama ‘Golden Time’ OST, and funds collected from the inaguration of our Japanese fan site’s fan club, and more for a total of 10 things, have been omitted.”
They also added, “The CEO of the agency, Mr. Lee, has also disappeared with the 70,000,000 KRW (~66,000 USD) that he collected from the members’ parents to use for promotion and production costs… He never listened to the members’ opinions or thoughts on their activities and directed only in his way.”
Uh … wow? I dunno what else to say, as I didn’t expect this at all.
I will say that this is only the start of the saga, obviously, as the company has yet to respond, and more is surely set to unfold as stuff comes to light.
Surprisingly, netizens seem to be siding with Block B, so I guess their anger towards companies screwing over artists overtakes making snide comments about past controversies or whatever.
2013, the year of scandals? I dunno, but I don’t think there’s been a three-day stretch that’s been more of a clusterfuck in K-pop that I can remember, so it’s certainly off to a “good” start in that regard.