11:25 pm - 08/10/2017

(TW) the horrific untold story of a girlgroup and their abusive producer

On the insider reporting program “Brave Reporters”, several industry insiders revealed the tragic, sad story of an abusive producer and a disbanded girl group.

The story begins when A, a popular female song producer, was hired to produce a song for rookie girl group B, who was getting ready to make their debut. The group featured a member who was a former beauty pageant contestant and was skilled in both singing and dancing. Despite not having yet made their debut, the group was already very popular among industry insiders, and their debut was very highly anticipated. Before the group made their official debut, the producer reportedly won the members’ hearts by constantly bringing them food and complimenting them. Despite not being a big company, the group’s schedule became packed with events, photo shoots, broadcasts, etc., right after their debut. Industry insiders explained that although it was a very rare scenario, B’s debut was incredibly successful.

One day, the idol group was scheduled for a broadcast so the CEO decided to drop by but the members and their manager could not be found. The CEO called them repeatedly but no one answered. The broadcasting staff pressured the CEO because the group was late so the CEO lied and told them that the group got into an accident. The group never made it to the broadcast and their next events were also canceled because they never showed up. It didn’t make any sense for a rookie group to repeatedly cancel scheduled events, and rumors started to spread about them, causing them to lose all credibility.

After several days, the CEO finally received a call from one of the members. The member who called the CEO asked him to come to them in a voice that sounded like it was on the verge of death. The CEO finally met the members but they all looked drastically different from before. They used to look very pretty but were now reduced to skin and bones, and also smelled strange, shivering in fear. When the CEO asked them to explain their situation, the idols explained that A, the producer, had called them to come over and see her before the broadcast. The idol group’s manager then took the members to the producer’s house where she was found holding a baseball bat. The producer told the manager that she’d make him a team captain if he remained silent about what was going to happen next. At that point, she started threatening the members with the baseball bat, demanding them to sign a contract with a different company. The members refused to, and the producer began to beat them with the baseball bat and curse at them. The members continued to refuse to sign the contract even after the beating and the producer proceeded to lock them in a room. She also took away their cell phones to cut them off from contacting anyone.

After days of captivity, the members were finally released.bli They explained to their CEO that they could no longer be idols anymore because they were too scared, and left the industry that day. The future of these girls is not known due to the nature of the anonymous reporting to protect the innocent.

sources: koreaboo, 티캐스트 tcast

the original video was uploaded over 2 years ago but koreaboo recently picked up the story again. iirc we haven't had a post about it back then.
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blck_ink 10th-Aug-2017 09:45 pm (UTC)
wtf!! i already know the answer but stil: did the producer and manager ever get sued?
mblaq_joon 10th-Aug-2017 10:03 pm (UTC)
is this...KARA? Cuz the only pageant contestant I can remember is Park Gyuri lol
tsubaki874 10th-Aug-2017 10:15 pm (UTC)

I don't think it'd be them since the article suggests it was unlikely that rookies would cancel events because of credibility. KARA was definitely above the rookie level and were still pretty popular when they disbanded

hyungmoney 10th-Aug-2017 10:11 pm (UTC)
whoa
violoncelliste 10th-Aug-2017 10:18 pm (UTC)
holy fuck

lil_poisonfrog 10th-Aug-2017 10:27 pm (UTC)
What about that 1st gen group whose debut song was super successful, but they disbanded almost immediately afterwards, and no one knows why? I can't remember the name atm. :/ I do remember seeing an article that one of the members is a lawyer at a top Korean law firm now. But regardless of who it is, this is awful.

Edited at 2017-08-10 10:33 pm (UTC)
goshipgurl 10th-Aug-2017 10:36 pm (UTC)
https://www.soompi.com/2017/06/12/former-sm-associated-girl-group-member-revealed-currently-work-lawyer/

"Before the likes of Girls’ Generation, f(x), and Red Velvet came around, SM Entertainment had a couple of girl groups that debuted under its subsidiaries, but were promoted as a part of SM Entertainment.

One of these groups included Shinvi, who was known as the agency’s “third girl group,” after S.E.S and M.I.L.K.

The trio Shinvi debuted in 2002, and only has one official album to their name. Their first title track, “To My Friend,” gained attention for featuring Shinhwa’s Jun Jin, and their follow up promotions with “Darling” earned a notable amount of popularity as well. While there was no official announcement at the time, many regard this group as having disbanded as they did not promote or release any new music after 2003, and have since gone their own ways."
giriboy 10th-Aug-2017 10:31 pm (UTC)
jfc
oxfordowls1 10th-Aug-2017 11:13 pm (UTC)
Im so confused because why would them signing with a different agency be of any value to the producer?? the new company would just hire a different producer and if it was the producer trying to make her company with these girls wouldn't she have to pay out their contracts?? Other than the pure disgust and sadness I feel for what happened nothing really makes sense. Like, what was the end girl, their current company wasn't going to give them up easily.
sjtaazrz 11th-Aug-2017 03:12 am (UTC)
She could have wanted them to sign a company she had more say in. It could have been a company she had a piece of or a company that her relative/husband or somebody runs, and she'd benefit from it somehow.


That's my guess anyway....
youtubelargo 10th-Aug-2017 11:52 pm (UTC)
Jesus fuck, not often I'm reminded of a Brett Easton Ellis novel while reading about Kpop. Those poor women! I hope they got justice, though I sadly feel like they didn't.
mycorrhizoid 11th-Aug-2017 12:39 am (UTC)
These stories are so chilling.

I can think of plenty of rookie girl groups who disbanded unexpectedly, but none where all members left the industry which makes me happy because I wouldn't wish this on any of them.

It's somehow worse that it's a female producer, like there aren't many of them to begin with, (only one I can think of offhand is Kenzie and she's pretty much SM exclusive so she doesn't fit) show a little solidarity with the poor rookie girls! Don't beat them!
krissasaur 11th-Aug-2017 01:27 am (UTC)
This sounds like bad fanfic..... wtf.
lemonadetea 11th-Aug-2017 03:03 am (UTC)
wtf
sra_interesante 11th-Aug-2017 03:39 am (UTC)
uuhh i hate this kind of blind items :(
welljustguess 11th-Aug-2017 04:41 am (UTC)
Was the manager taking the side of producer A? I mean, they could easily stop producer A if she was alone and there rookie group has like 5 members + the manager.
hibaalhadid 11th-Aug-2017 04:19 pm (UTC)
yes, she promised to promote him if he helped her
tungatunga 11th-Aug-2017 05:38 am (UTC)
Scary but rather unbelievable after multiple contract disputes we witnessed.
nashaa 11th-Aug-2017 08:22 am (UTC)

Yeah but if it happened in like, 20 years ago during the 1st gen idol groups it's possible because back then not every company signed contract with their artists. Only verbal. Sechskies didn't have a written contracts with DSP. That's why YG freely re-released their old songs, DSP doesn't own the rights to them. Otherwise no company in their right mind will hand over money to rival company.

mjspice 11th-Aug-2017 01:14 pm (UTC)
Omg this is GROSS
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