As of today, July 21, Wu Yifan (Kris) and Luhan’s contractual dispute with former agency SM Entertainment has drawn to a close. Continue reading
SM Entertainment has announced that it has filed a formal lawsuit against former EXO member Kris (Wu Yi Fan) for contract violation.
In 2014, Kris and Luhan each filed lawsuits in May and October, respectively, against SM Entertainment to cancel their exclusive contract with the company. In February of this year, SM Entertainment filed a lawsuit against Luhan for violating his contract with SM Entertainment with his Chinese activities since, as the company argued, Luhan was still technically tied to SM until the court officially rules on Luhan’s suit against SM. It had filed lawsuits not only against Luhan, but also the companies that used him for their endorsement model.
Now SM has filed a similar lawsuit against Kris, the companies that contracted him as their endorsement model, and the movie production companies that casted him for their projects. It argues that all of Kris’ professional activities in China are illegal and were obtained using the popularity he earned while he was with EXO. His action caused serious conflicts and financial damage to contracts that EXO was involved in Korea and elsewhere, SM argues, and they are demanding that he take responsibility.SM Entertainment announced today, July 31 KST, that their lawsuits against Kris and others related were officially drawn up in Beijing courts yesterday, July 30.
SM Entertainment has announced they will begin seeking legal action against those who are spreading false information regarding Kris’ leaving EXO.
They also urge sasaengs, fans and netizens to stop harassing EXO members through online media. Furthermore, SM asks not to believe untrusted sources and to wait for the responsible sides’ explanation.
Before, there were rumours about Kris’ reason of nullifying his contract.
Kris’s law firm, Hankyul, released an interview through Chinese media, Sina, and said the reason of his lawsuit wass no other than requesting equal treatment and for his ambitions as an artist to be considered. They also said, “Kris received several movie and drama role proposals, but they were all refused by SM Entertainment.”
Since the news about the termination of Kris’ exclusive contract broke out, many false rumors and personal attacks on the EXO members and the company have been circulating online, and we will be responding to those with legal actions. The EXO members are struggling to cope with the rumors and malicious comments, so the company will respond firmly against them.
Despite the lawsuit case, SM Entertainment will still proceed with EXO’s concert as scheduled.
On May 16th, a representative from SM Entertainment told Star News, “The concert will be held next week as scheduled and we are doing the best for the concert.”
He also added that they couldn’t contact Kris at the moment and the current situation is still unknown (whether Kris will be attending the concert or not).
EXO will hold their very first solo concert, ‘EXO FROM. EXOPLANET #1 – THE LOST PLANET -‘, since their debut at Seoul Olympic Gymnasium on May 24th-25th.
Belatedly, Kris were reported to submitted a lawsuit against SM. He asked to nullified his contract on SM, and rumoured to be the same case with what happened to Hangeng and JYJ.
But, both SM and Kris still not speaking to public about the case, beside admitting of the lawsuit were put on Seoul District Court. K-Media speculated this week is going to be a crucial moment for both sides, which decided the future of EXO.
Source: Korean Updates