Hyosung‘s lawsuit to terminate her contract with TS Entertainment is going well for her so far, as the last we heard was that she was free to promote without the company’s interference. However, she recently took things a step further and announced a contract with Tommy & Partners Entertainment.
On October 29, Tommy & Partners Entertainment announced that the former Secret member was the latest addition to their roster. A representative of the agency stated, “Recently, Jun Hyosung’s exclusive contract with her former agency was ruled invalid. While searching for a new agency in order to resume her activities in the entertainment industry, she ended up signing an exclusive contract with Tommy & Partners.” The representative continued, “After signing an exclusive contract with us, Jun Hyosung has become part of our family. Jun Hyosung is talented in many areas, including singing, acting, and variety, and we will not hold back in fully supporting her so that she can make a fresh start. Please show her a lot of love and interest in the future.”
As you might imagine, TSE didn’t take too kindly to this and said she was in violation of her contract.
“Hello, this is TS Entertainment. We are conveying our official position on the news about Jun Hyosung’s exclusive contract which was released today. Our exclusive contract with Jun Hyosung is valid and the court will give a verdict regarding this on November 14, 2018. Therefore, Jun Hyosung signing an exclusive contract with a new agency is obviously a breach of her contract because she has entered into two contracts. On our company’s part, we feel deep chagrin toward the company that Jun Hyosung one-sidedly signed an exclusive contract as the company did not question or inquire about the procedure while we are currently in a dispute regarding the validity of her exclusive contract and that they released the information through a press release. Additionally, we would like to say that we will take strict legal action and be calling into account how the one-sided contract signing and media report has tarnished our company’s image and created confusion. We thank everyone who loves and watches over our company’s artists and we promise to actively work for our company’s artists. Thank you.”
Hyosung’s side said this contact was simply a result of the injunction that gave her freedom.
Jun Hyosung’s lawyer Park Jung Ho said, “Jun Hyosung’s new contract is not based on the judgement of merits from the previous case regarding the validity of her contract [with TS]. Instead, it is based on the injunction cited from the court ruling on September 27 which had the purpose of suspending the validity of Jun Hyosung’s contract with TS Entertainment. TS disregarded the validity of the court’s ruling and is being very unreasonable as the company continues to claim the validity of the exclusive contract and demand responsibility. TS needs to immediately withdraw their statement and respect the court’s ruling.”
While we don’t know the details regarding the legality and all that, it’s definitely one of those situations where regardless of what the courts rule, it’s difficult to sympathize with TSE given what an unmitigated mess they’ve been in recent years.