After the police sided with Polaris Entertainment against her in both the blackmail and sexual harassment cases, Clara released a recording to Channel A News of Polaris CEO Lee Gyu Tae threatening her.
In the recording, you can hear Lee Kyu Tae saying to Clara, “[Celebrity A] ultimately said that she wasn’t going to work with me anymore and I stopped everything in one day. CJ, Loen, I stopped every airing, right? She was nothing after that. I’m talking about that. If I wanted to…”
The reporter then finished Lee Kyu Tae’s sentence, claiming that he had said, “If I wanted to, I can easily stop the path of any celebrity.” According to the report, Clara claimed that these were the words Lee Kyu Tae had said to Clara back in August 2014.
CEO Lee Kyu Tae was also heard saying, “What can you gain when I get mad? I can use the money that I could’ve used for your benefit to destroy you. You don’t know, you don’t know who I am. I can see everything that you’re doing, your Kakao messages, even the messages you send after changing your phone.”
She has the worst PR/advice team in the history of the universe, because if Clara had just stuck to the contract dispute, she wouldn’t have outed the text messages of her basically not caring about Ladies’ Code, she wouldn’t be involved in what amounts to a frivolous sexual harassment suit, and she wouldn’t be involved in the blackmailing either.
Clara would be fine right now if she stuck to suing for a release from her contract and then dropped this shit on the public. Paired with the timing of Polaris getting raided because Lee Gyu Tae was defrauding the military and government, Clara would have the backing of just about everybody*. But no, now she’s in a situation where it’s just both parties come off terrible and she still probably loses the lawsuits.
*If she could see the future, she could’ve just waited a few months and she would’ve been out of the contract anyway.
It’s just really puzzling to me why her team decided it would be smart to go with sexual harassment over a contract issue when it didn’t actually happen when they have the CEO on tape threatening to ruin her career if she leaves. Shit, Polaris didn’t even deny it was said:
Later that day, Polaris Entertainment addressed the report, confidently stating that the so-called evidence was not enough to turn the tables around, and told Star Today, “[The police] sent its opinion about prosecuting Clara and her father Lee Seung Kyu on the charges of joint-blackmailing to the prosecutor’s office. Everything can be explained through [the outcome of the case]. We don’t feel the need to respond to this.” The agency added that they have enough evidence against Clara of her wrongdoings.
Just mindblowingly terrible management. I can’t wrap my head around it.