Following a laundry list of allegations against LE SSERAFIM member Kim Garam, Source Music responded that they’re taking legal action and it was actually her that was the victim. Now though evidence has emerged of Garam’s school violence record, putting her under fire again as netizens say it’s clear evidence of wrongdoing.
Yesterday a netizen shared a document from the Autonomous Committee Of Countermeasures Against School Violence, which states that a Kim Garam from the first grade was a perpetrator of school violence along with somebody else.
In reply, another netizen confirmed that Kim Garam was in classroom number three in the first grade, with a picture of their school trip.
This led to increased scrutiny, and Source has responded again, saying that nothing has changed from their previous statement and they are going to handle things legally.
Later that day, a spokesperson for HYBE officially responded to the alleged evidence by telling News1, “Nothing has changed from our agency’s previous statement [on the matter].” They added, “We have begun to take legal action, and the details will be sorted out during the legal process.”
As I said before, I don’t really have a problem with people withholding judgment as I’m not sure there’s definitive evidence of anything yet outside of being a cringe teen edgelord. However, it’s also hard to see this as anything but supportive of the bullying allegations, as the company didn’t even outright deny its validity.
Should be interesting to see what turns up in court, if anything.
Kim Garam’s school has responded, saying they are unable to comment.
Meanwhile, when Korean newspaper Money Today contacted Kim Garam’s former middle school to ask about the alleged evidence, the school replied, “We cannot give a response.”