8:05 pm - 04/29/2012

Open World Entertainment artists cleared of all charges + Company's future uncertain


While the case of Open World Entertainment's CEO Jang Seokwoo is still continuing, more articles have been showing up adding more information about what happened and will possibly happen in the future.
In light of the recent happenings, reporters from Sports Chosun met with an ex-OWE trainee earlier this month, to talk about understanding the life of trainees in Korean companies. Regarding the CEO's involvement in close to 10 harassment and rape cases, she said, "I think it's something that well could have happened. I had a lot of trainee friends and it's something I heard often. Even though 'rape' wasn't exactly mentioned, I've often heard of him touching their bodies or suggesting that they go somewhere secret to have sex." She went on to mention that trainees had to go out whenever he called them, and that they often went for karaoke. During those events, other people were often sitting there and after having a few drinks, and they would get touchy. Apart from the trainee life, she also talked about the CEO's many relationships, including those with two members of a famous girl group. She continued, "She told me, 'Even though you can earn a lot from this, I hope you don't do it too.' She's someone I've been close to since I was young. It was difficult for her." This trainee is currently preparing for her debut as a singer through another company. She was said to have had no choice but to leave the company after refusing to provide sexual favors at an investor's request. The ex-trainee left the company just last year after Jang Seokwoo started asking her to do things she didn't want to do. 


At the same time, the schedules of two of the company's idol groups have been halted. While The Boss was supposed to make their long-awaited comeback through their first full length album release, and labelmates X-5 were supposed to start their first activities in Japan for their Japanese advancement. After news about the CEO's involvement in various cases came up, both of their schedules were put on hold, resulting in a now very unclear future for both of them. Open World Entertainment has voiced their intentions of doing whatever they can to secure their artists' careers, and even stated that if they want, a transfer to another company could be made. At the same time The Boss is still receiving a full backing from their Japanese label as well as management, and if a Korean label transfer happens, the group's contract will have to be talked over with representatives from Japan as well as to not endanger their future Japanese career. At the moment, both groups' future is still uncertain, as the predominant view is that they should watch and wait with the investigation of CEO Jang Seokwoo still going on. A solo singer under the company is said to have canceled his contract with the label, and is highly likely to move to another agency. A source from the entertainment industry commented on this last development, saying, "While it's difficult to move rookie groups to another agency, it is a singer with an established fan base, and so he can move to another agency if he wants to."

With Open World Entertainment's previous statement fresh in our minds, it was now officially revealed that the boy group members allegedly involved in the case were cleared of all charges and assumptions made against them. While it was earlier mentioned that one of the members had been involved in the harassment since his teenage years, no mention of this has been made since and charges have been dropped. A representative of Open World Entertainment mentioned on behalf of the members, "They feel very intimidated because they say they haven't done anything wrong, but the investigators keep picking on trivial things, and the media has been paying explosive attention to it. They just hope everything can be settled quickly." 

The company has been around since September 2000, and has housed many different artists ever since, including management contracts with Shinhwa and its members Junjin and Lee Minwoo. More recent debuts include boy groups The Boss, X-5 and Lug, as well as actor Go Joowon and actress Shin Jisoo. The future of Open World Entertainment is very unsure at the moment, and will most likely only clear up when this case comes to a close.

Sources: TV Daily, Open World Entertainment, Sports Chosun (1, 2), enews24 (1, 2), and Sports World
Article: Koreaboo


devilstay 30th-Apr-2012 01:34 am (UTC)
but the investigators keep picking on trivial things,

Correct me I'm wrong, but I'm pretty sure there is a reason they do this, like I don't know...maybe, and I'm just throwing this out there, but maybe BECAUSE IT'S THEIR JOBS.

I don't understand, and I'm suspicious. I don't want to be any of these things. At first there were two male idols who were according to reports 'forced into raping female trainees', and now there are none? So these accusation were baseless, or aimed at the wrong people? How do you get something like that wrong. I don't want names, but I'd like to know why, and how that conclusion was found. I mean if it's not true, then fucking good. I don't want the male idols didn't to have done such a ting, but...this is a bit out of the blue, and what is happening with the CEO?

You see, it's reason like this, why the media should never get hold of these stories, or write about them until there are facts, not fucking rumours, because chances are that no matter what happens now, if evidence isn't released I'll always be suspicious.
iamtheliquorr 30th-Apr-2012 01:38 am (UTC)
mte

The entire way this whole clusterfuck went down has left me very uneasy
phantomyume 30th-Apr-2012 01:43 am (UTC)
We won't ever know the names of the people that were "allegedly" involved. As much as that is clear.

About them suddenly being cleared of charges. "Why now" you ask and not earlier? Their names might have been called out by someone, and in investigating this they discovered they weren't involved at all? There are so many things to take into account that even at this moment it's no use to go and think about it. The idols, whoever it were, are not involved and not charged. I'm fairly sure that's all we need to know for now about them.

About Jang, his investigation is still running. As well as the investigation against the male singer which was arrested for joining the harassment.
0th_place 30th-Apr-2012 01:52 am (UTC)
Your final statement sums up my feelings about how this whole thing was reported to the public.

Many of the articles that were written are from tabloids, and of course, those are mostly based on rumors.

What this writer at Koreaboo had to do was amass a large number of articles and then weed out the inconsistencies. No other site that wrote news in English on this specific issue has done that. I think trusted sources are a real problem when it comes to things like this.
falling_empress 30th-Apr-2012 01:57 am (UTC)
A+ comment
iznanassi 30th-Apr-2012 01:36 am (UTC)
Well that's not really closure but, hopefully people involved will forget this incident and that CEO can rot in jail for attempting to ruin so many people's lives.
0th_place 30th-Apr-2012 02:03 am (UTC)
Yeah, I know it...we all want him and his accomplices gone for good
miuratenshi 30th-Apr-2012 01:36 am (UTC)
I wonder who the police booked.

Edited at 2012-04-30 01:38 am (UTC)
phantomyume 30th-Apr-2012 01:48 am (UTC)
One article mentions "booked", another mentions "suspected", another one says they're "not involved"... Korean media itself doesn't know what's going on anymore. They should have waited until this whole mess was coming to a closure or even just when some things had been revealed instead of dragging in names and other things.

Akp as well should have bothered researching a bit and translating various articles instead of only one. A case like this needs multiple sourcing. Korean media isn't perfect. No media is.

Edited at 2012-04-30 02:07 am (UTC)
yingmoon26 30th-Apr-2012 03:14 am (UTC)
lol unfortunately akp never does research and properly translate. i always feel like they have teeny boppers writing the articles. a reason why i nvr go on there anymore
crazykaiyi 30th-Apr-2012 01:37 am (UTC)
Can they all move to Shinhwa Company or any of the Shinhwa members' managment companies...?
If I remember correctly, the officials of the companies managing Shinhwa members are all previous Good Entertainment officials, perhaps they will help somehow? ... :(
It's sad to see innocent parties get implicated...
kanbinayume 30th-Apr-2012 01:41 am (UTC)
I hope all the artists can transfer to other companies and still have a successful career.
Who is Lug?
nightfrost75 30th-Apr-2012 01:48 am (UTC)
Nugus who debuted in 2003 if I remember right. They last promoted in 2006 and now only one or two members are still signed with OW as individuals.
(I did a lot of research on OW artists when this broke.:P)
phantomyume 30th-Apr-2012 01:50 am (UTC)
Lug debuted in 2006. Last release in 2008 as a duo. Both members are still with the company while the other two left. The vocalist released a solo release in 2009.
kanbinayume 30th-Apr-2012 02:10 am (UTC)
interesting. that's waaaay before I was introduced to kpop so alright. Thanks bby!
nightfrost75 30th-Apr-2012 01:41 am (UTC)
Enews posted an article on this. Pretty much the same about The Boss and Jun Jin, X-5 though....
http://enewsworld.mnet.com/enews/contents.asp?idx=6040

I'm really not sure who to believe anymore when it comes to who's involved, I guess we just have to wait and see.
mya13 30th-Apr-2012 02:25 am (UTC)
I don't think we're ever going to find out tbh. Especially if they're underage.
secretchord 30th-Apr-2012 01:43 am (UTC)
What is even going on.
ideservestars 30th-Apr-2012 01:51 am (UTC)
"I think it's something that well could have happened. I had a lot of trainee friends and it's something I heard often. Even though 'rape' wasn't exactly mentioned, I've often heard of him touching their bodies or suggesting that they go somewhere secret to have sex." She went on to mention that trainees had to go out whenever he called them, and that they often went for karaoke. During those events, other people were often sitting there and after having a few drinks, and they would get touchy.

UHH THIS IS SEXUAL HARASSMENT THOUGH. WHAT THE FUCK IS THE CASE. I'm sorry you just don't let sexual offenders of the hook, I don't give two craps about who they are or what their name means.
phantomyume 30th-Apr-2012 01:53 am (UTC)
Which is what the CEO was arrested for. The girl was talking about the CEO, not about anyone else. The CEO won't get "of the hook". Not at all.
ideservestars 30th-Apr-2012 01:56 am (UTC)
oh sorry I misspelled off, oppsy let me write an apology letter
phantomyume 30th-Apr-2012 01:58 am (UTC)
I wasn't calling you out on a spelling mistake...I made that mistake myself...
0th_place 30th-Apr-2012 01:55 am (UTC)
Nobody is talking about letting them off the hook, though.

And she was just specifying that rape wasn't one of the happenings she knew of. Other people have mentioned otherwise, but she is just speaking for herself in this quote.
miki_831 30th-Apr-2012 01:53 am (UTC)
Well D-NA is staying Japan forever.
sers_sers 30th-Apr-2012 01:57 am (UTC)
wow just looked at their website and seems to me they're out of business alr

cant read korean tho so not sure what statement they posted
phantomyume 30th-Apr-2012 02:00 am (UTC)
Full statement is included in this article. It's been online for a while now and just states that the company is sorry for the media having dragged in their artists among other things...

http://www.koreaboo.com/index.html/_/exclusive/recap-open-world-entertainment-case-continues-r14435

Edited at 2012-04-30 02:01 am (UTC)
sers_sers 30th-Apr-2012 02:02 am (UTC)
ahhh ok then! thanks :)
phantomyume 30th-Apr-2012 02:06 am (UTC)
You're welcome!
falling_empress 30th-Apr-2012 01:59 am (UTC)
Why is it that when someone is suspected of possessing marijuana (or even convicted of it) they are dropped like hot rocks, whereas someone is alleged to sexually assault someone and they just brush it off? i don't even understand their fucking priorities.
luvey 30th-Apr-2012 02:34 am (UTC)
i never will understand the priorities....but it just tells me that since korea tends to be a pretty patriarchal society things like these (especially when it is crimes against women) will be seen as more "trivial." also added corruption adds to the wtf results in cases like these vs marijuana.
asnindie 30th-Apr-2012 02:45 am (UTC)
The law makers are men, they apparently find sexual abuse trivial, the fact that a man can't be raped shows how stupid they are.
iznanassi 30th-Apr-2012 03:00 am (UTC)
good question.
charlieu 30th-Apr-2012 03:12 am (UTC)
I think has to do with the fact that one is easier to prove. I mean look at this whole mess, lots of unanswered questions. It's not clearcut, unfortunately.
gypsy_sonata 30th-Apr-2012 03:19 am (UTC)
THIS to the max.
fivil 30th-Apr-2012 10:15 am (UTC)
Fucking word. :|

I'm not at all pro-drugs but that shit is ridic.
sisterjune 30th-Apr-2012 05:50 pm (UTC)
you said it. its bullshit.
jesymphony 30th-Apr-2012 02:26 am (UTC)
Open World Entertainment has voiced their intentions of doing whatever they can to secure their artists' careers, and even stated that if they want, a transfer to another company could be made.

Well that's surprisingly nice of them. The Boss and X-5 are very talented, and providing that it is true none of the members were involved, I'd want to see them continue their careers. There is real talent there and it'd be a shame for them to go down in flames as well. There is something to be said about label loyalty and all, but I don't think Open World's reputation can ever really be repaired after this and I don't want the boys to suffer along needlessly. The stigma will remain and Open World will probably forever be perceived as "that company with that scumbag CEO".

A solo singer under the company is said to have canceled his contract with the label, and is highly likely to move to another agency.

So Junjin is signing on with Shinhwa Company then?

I do wish that when all is done and processed we'll get the real, true facts about this case. Everything about this was a mess.
shineebambi 30th-Apr-2012 02:54 am (UTC)
this whole thing just leaves a really sour taste in my mouth and I'm just hoping this sick fuck of a CEO gets more then a fucking slap on the wrist or 2-3 years in prison, this shit stain deserves life in prison imo but id be happy with 10+ years
abortions 30th-Apr-2012 03:35 am (UTC)
he needs to be tortured to death slowly life in prison is too humane imo.
shineebambi 30th-Apr-2012 04:17 am (UTC)
made to watch Joan and Melisa rivers interviews until his eyes pop out of their sockets
abortions 30th-Apr-2012 04:21 am (UTC)
he has to watch mitt romney rap 2pac's discography till his ears bleed
sisterjune 30th-Apr-2012 05:53 pm (UTC)
He should have life in solitary confinement. darkness, and no human contact. he'll go insane in a few weeks if its done right.
aworldoflies 30th-Apr-2012 03:03 am (UTC)
The CEO should rot in jail.

And I'm just so happy the babbies are cleared.
icierrrrrblue 30th-Apr-2012 03:18 am (UTC)
DGNA still has a career in nippon land
idk about X5
lonelymoon 30th-Apr-2012 03:55 am (UTC)
Oh, christ. I read it as OWE cleared of all charges. Had a minor heart attack. Good to know CEO's still being charged.
yunhalove 30th-Apr-2012 06:09 am (UTC)
Pfft. The damage has already been done; X-5 is still being called "Sex-5" by netizens and I doubt they'll be able to recuperate from their image loss by just moving to another company (which company would take them, anyway)? DGNA is slightly more lucky with the earlier report clearing their name and Sony/DA behind them in Japan, so at least there's a chance for them to have a career somewhere.

Sideeyeing this whole investigation rn, anyhow. I can see how X-5/DGNA aren't involved because of the timelines or w/e but are you telling me this whole witchhunt only managed to nab one dude? Not to mention the whole media blitz was full of inaccuracies and misleading titles.
phantomyume 30th-Apr-2012 12:18 pm (UTC)
I heard there are more people involved and arrested. For instance, the earlier articles mentioned a singer "A" who willingly took part in the harassments. He has been investigated and arrested for this.

Actually, I'm pretty sure this whole thing is even bigger than it seems and seeing as how stories about trainees getting harassed are slowly popping up everywhere, this won't be the last thing we'll see. OWE will have just been the first.
genie17 30th-Apr-2012 06:23 am (UTC)
Junjin better transfer!
dysphoriia 30th-Apr-2012 03:12 pm (UTC)
...two members of a famous girl group. She continued, "She told me, 'Even though you can earn a lot from this, I hope you don't do it too.'...

what. am i reading it right? 2 popular gg members are victims of such acts too?

ugh this bastard ceo makes me rage. please expose more assholes like him. and korea please ruin their lives.

Edited at 2012-04-30 03:13 pm (UTC)
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