After it was reported that The EastLight had been suffering verbal abuse and physical assault at the hands of a producer and their CEO, their company Media Line Entertainment released an apologetic statement saying that the producer did abuse them but defending the CEO as not knowing what was going on.
Today, Lee Seok Cheol of The EastLight held a press conference and recounted the incidents of abuse and assault that he and his brother/member Lee Seung Hyun had suffered. You can get the whole rundown here.
It’s a laundry list of fucked up things, but to give you an idea of the gravity of their situation, LSC said that he and his brother were hit with a baseball bat more than 50 times over the past four years, even in the head at times. Additionally, LSC says he was choked with a guitar string at one point.
As far as the identity of the producer, he was named as Moon Youngil, and it was also revealed that director Lee Junghyun helped cover things up.
Understandably, Lee Seok Cheol and Lee Seung Hyun are receiving medical attention and psychological therapy to deal with the trauma they suffered. They are also obviously both leaving the group and will be taking legal action against their company.
Meanwhile, CEO Kim Chang Hwan of Media Line Entertainment issued a statement in response to the press conference, once again keeping an apologetic tone but insisting that he had no knowledge of what was going on.
“This is Kim Chang Hwan, the CEO and general producer of The East Light’s agency Media Line Entertainment. Firstly, as the person who is responsible for Media Line Entertainment and The East Light, I am strongly aware of my faults and apologize profusely for what has arisen because I was unable to properly manage the staff. As I watched Lee Seok Cheol’s press conference, my heart ached as much as it did when I first found out a year and four months ago that the members had been victims of assault. However, as was stated yesterday, while working with many artists in the past 30 years of my career, I have never once instigated or abetted violence, and while there have been times where I’ve taught or cautioned the members, I state once again that I have never committed verbal abuse or assault. I humbly accept the criticism in regards to my mistakes and negligence, and I will try to dispel all doubts by approaching them with honesty. However, for the future of the remaining four members of The East Light, we will be making an active response in regards to acts of defamation committed through exaggerated false information. I apologize once again for causing concern through this controversy.”
In response, Lee Seok Cheol sent an audio recording to JTBC‘s ‘News Room‘ that revealed the CEO berating him for taking the abuse and assault public.
In the recording, Kim Chang Hwan says, “If you’ve entrusted [someone] with something, than you need to leave it alone even if they beat you to death. If you make the paper as a celebrity, you won’t have any ground to stand on, you **. Who’s going to ** take in a kid with problems? You can’t make a big deal out of this, you can’t. Your parents will just be more upset. Ten times more upset than they are now.”
Media Line Entertainment didn’t try all that hard to try and excuse this.
Media Line claimed that while the conversation between Kim Chang Hwan and Lee Seok Cheol did get heated, “[Kim Chang Hwan] just wanted to help all the members continue to do music.”
Seriously, man? Yeah, sounded like he had their best interests in mind.
The audio recording at least proves the CEO desperately wanted to cover this all up, and at this point all you can hope is that the brothers (and maybe the rest of the members if they come forward) bury these assholes.