Blockberry Creative insist abuse claim wasn’t an attempt to expose former LOONA member Chuu

After the overwhelming show of support for former LOONA member Chuu following Blockberry Creative kicking her out of the group and alleging that abuse of staff was the reason, the company has now released a follow-up statement.

In it, they essentially say that it was never their intent to throw Chuu under the bus, but they just revealed the abuse claim as a procedural measure.

We would like to additionally explain our position relating to the contents of the notice regarding ‘Removal of Chuu from LOONA’, which was posted on the fancafe on the 25th.
That notice was about explaining the current situation to and asking for understanding from fans who have loved LOONA for a long time, and was not written with the intent of exposing Chuu’s abuse of power to the public and to the media.
In the few days since the notice was posted, there have been articles published demanding the company to ‘provide evidence’ regarding the reasons for Chuu’s removal, or articles with content such as ‘Chuu is not the kind of person to do that’, or ‘The company is victimizing her’. As such, we would like to further explain our position to correct the topic of discourse.

They acknowledge that people want evidence for their claim, but effectively default to their internal investigation and leave it up to the parties involved.

The fan announcement posted around 5pm on November 25 was an announcement to explain the change in Chuu’s status and the cause of her removal to fans and those who support Loona; it was not an exposé.
Stating the cause of removal is a natural course of explanation, but needing to provide the relevant facts and evidence is the right of Chuu herself and the staff who was victimized.
Regarding the facts of the matter, if any party feels wronged about some issue or wishes to rectify an issue, the concerned parties themselves will have to bring it to light; the Company had already finished confirming what happened between Chuu and the staff, and thus we posted the announcement related to that.

Also, they want people to stop being mean to them about all this and stuff.

Going forward, we ask that you refrain from baseless and speculative reporting related to the announcement post, as well as from malicious comments or rumors that defame the Company. Regarding the verbal abuse and abusive power relationships, if Chuu and the victim are in agreement, we will cooperate in providing the relevant content and evidence.
Furthermore, so that the Loona members may begin group activities without being hurt by the present situation, we once again earnestly ask that you refrain from indiscriminate, baseless and speculative reporting.

Not sure how anybody could possibly buy that they kicked an idol out of their group while accusing them of gapjil but didn’t understand what they would be doing in terms of reaction to the news. Now that the backlash has been swift, it seems like they’re using LOONA (again) — despite Hyunjin being among those speaking up for Chuu — and an anonymous employee as cover for the decision. It’s especially unbelievable since members leave groups under dubious circumstances with bullshit PR reasons given all the time, so this aggressive tack from the company surely seems due to the ongoing contract dispute.

That said, it should be interesting to see what the response of Chuu and her legal team is to all this, as Blockberry have essentially put the ball in their court and seem oddly content to just leave things as they are no matter the backlash.


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