American government officials clarified over the weekend that Oh My Girl was not detained at customs, nor were they ever suspected of being sex workers. Rather, the group just raised suspicions about the purpose of the trip with their costumes, and thus it was revealed that they didn’t have the right visas.
“The K-pop group that was turned away at LAX this week was denied entry because the members lied about the purpose of their trip, not because they were mistaken for sex workers as the performers have claimed, a government official said Saturday.
An official with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, who asked that his name not be used because he was not authorized to discuss the matter, said the eight-member girl band lied to customs officials and said they were traveling to the U.S. as tourists, rather than for work.
Officials denied them entry when it became clear from the contents of their luggage that they were here to perform but did not have the required P1 performance visa.”
This is unfortunately not as funny as the original reason the company gave, which for whatever reason the company choose to make themselves look even more dumb with (though they thought it would make them look like victims), but in the end WM Entertainment still comes off looking rather incompetent considering this is hardly their first rodeo with overseas visas.