11:21 am - 02/28/2018

TS Entertainment Responds To Legal Dispute With Secret Members + Reports Of Disbandment


Members of Secret are in a legal dispute with TS Entertainment. (OP: surprise surprise)

On February 28, a news outlet reported on Secret’s current status.

In August 2017, Song Ji Eun submitted a request to the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board to verify that her contract is no longer valid due to TS Entertainment not following the terms of the contract, including basic management duties and transparency of payments.

Song Ji Eun stated three reasons for the invalidity of her contract. The first is that her payment for the drama “Sweet Home, Sweet Honey” was not distributed properly. The second is that contracts were signed against her will, and promised reimbursements for lessons, monthly rent, and car rentals were not given and continuously delayed. The third point is that her exclusive contract rights were transferred to a third party without her permission.

The Korean Commercial Arbitration Board accepted the second and third points. TS Entertainment transferred management duties outlined in her contract to an acting agency and sent Song Ji Eun an agreement through a mobile messaging service afterwards. The Korean Commercial Arbitration Board commented, “The transfer of a celebrity’s exclusive contract rights is very important, and the violation of this is grounds for contract termination.”

In response, TS Entertainment commented, “We signed a non-exclusive agency contract [with the acting agency] for the diversification of revenue and increase of profit. If that agency finds work opportunities, we would follow the artist and agency’s opinions to sign a new contract before progressing, but this has not occurred.”

It was reported that Jun Hyosung is also in a legal dispute with TS Entertainment due to issues including not receiving payments. TS Entertainment commented, “The agency wanted to continue management duties and [support] her entertainment activities, but she refused and it is her will to continue a lawsuit, so we are working on a response to the situation.”

The agency stated, “There were no issues with payments.”

On the future of the group, TS Entertainment shared that only Jung Hana is preparing to release music and added, “The Secret members can release an album whenever they want to. We are not at the level of discussing disbandment.”

Sources: OSEN and OhmyNews via Soompi
gathyou 28th-Feb-2018 04:27 pm (UTC)
As much as I loved Secret, TS is a shithole and I hope they manage to all run from this company asap. I don't believe that TS is planning a solo release for Hana, she wasn't given anything to do for two years now? it won't change soon.
I feel bad for the artists still signed there :( haven't they just debuted a boy group?
mikachi613 28th-Feb-2018 04:39 pm (UTC)
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You'd think after all that with B.A.P they'd have learned their lesson.
Honestly, Secret is so talented and they all deserve so much better.
lostintheechoes 28th-Feb-2018 06:07 pm (UTC)
bloodtaki2 28th-Feb-2018 04:45 pm (UTC)

Free these poor girls!

clayray3290 28th-Feb-2018 05:37 pm (UTC)
Hana's solo debut has been talked about for years now. I honestly think it was first mentioned like 5 years ago.

I used to be the Admin of Secret4Time and so, I'm coming from a place of having invested SO MUCH into Secret, and I don't even know how to express how bitter I feel about how Secret's careers were handled.

Jieun says on her Instagram that she's leaving Secret and that she's going to be promoting as Song Jieun from now on, and I am trying to be hopeful for great new things from the ladies of Secret but right now I'm just kind of a resigned sadness.
adenar 28th-Feb-2018 05:56 pm (UTC)
hmm, what a surprise
Get out girls!
benihime99 28th-Feb-2018 06:37 pm (UTC)
I am shocked, shocked I tell you
pikapika217 28th-Feb-2018 07:40 pm (UTC)
They NEVER should've re-upped. At least the last mini/comeback was flawless
audiograms 28th-Feb-2018 08:29 pm (UTC)
Throw TS in the trash.
audiograms 28th-Feb-2018 08:30 pm (UTC)
Secret should have been massive. And TS mishandled their career so badly.
modestgoddess79 28th-Feb-2018 09:01 pm (UTC)
how do these companies continue to get away with not paying people?
arysthaeniru 28th-Feb-2018 10:19 pm (UTC)
I'm so happy that Jieun and Hyosung are finally running from TShit, but I understand why hana isn't. TShit didn't even give her scraps, nobody else would take her. god.what a mess. I miss SECRET so much. They could have been legends, if only TS wasn't terrible at management
minho_lover 28th-Feb-2018 10:28 pm (UTC)
these poor girls;a; they just needa leave this annoying ass company. they couldve been great
oppameansit 28th-Feb-2018 11:19 pm (UTC)
not surprising. they've done nothing with the girls all year. like where is hyosung?
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