9:13 am - 10/18/2018

The East Light's agency releases official statement, Unnamed Member 'B' to hold press conference

Warning: the two articles below don't feature any description of the violence but still be aware that they are related to the reports of abuse.

Media Line Entertainment has released an official statement following reports of abuse inflicted on the members of The East Light.

On October 18, it was reported by news outlet Xportsnews that the members of The East Light had been verbally abused by the agency’s CEO Kim Chang Hwan and physically abused by producer “A” since 2015. At the time, Media Line Entertainment had been reached for comment and stated that they were looking into the matter.

Now, they have released an official statement regarding the issue and the actions that have been taken since. Their statement reads as follows, “Hello. This is The East Light’s agency Media Line Entertainment. First, we want to apologize for the regretful situation that has occurred.

“It was approximately one year and four months ago that we first became aware of The East Light’s executive producer’s acts of physical abuse towards the group during their training and lessons. Afterwards, we spoke with the members’ parents to resolve the situation, and we promised that such acts would never occur again.

“There have been no such incidents since then, and The East Light has been actively promoting. However, the emotional rift between some of the members and the producer has deepened, which we believe has led to the current situation. The producer in question has taken full responsibility for his wrongful actions and has handed in his resignation, which we have accepted.

“Regarding the reports made earlier today of CEO Kim Chang Hwan, he has affectionately watched over the members from when they were very young trainees for the past four years, and though he has disciplined them at times like a parent would, he has never instigated or abetted any acts of violence. However, he feels pain at the knowledge that he was not as attentive as he should have been towards the members.

“We will work hard to find the best solution for the affected members and for The East Light’s future activities. Once again, we express our deepest apologies.”

The East Light will be holding a press conference to open up about the recent reports of abuse.

On October 18, it was reported by Xportsnews that members of The East Light had suffered from verbal abuse from Media Line Entertainment CEO Kim Chang Hwan and physical abuse by producer “A” since 2015.

The agency later released an official statement addressing the issue. According to the statement, the agency became aware of the physical abuse by the producer in 2017, and the situation was resolved with a promise to never let it happen again. They also stated that the producer in question had handed in his resignation to take full responsibility of his actions, and they denied that CEO Kim Chang Hwan had “instigated or abetted any acts of violence.”

A legal representative of The East Light has since released an official statement announcing that a press conference will be held on October 19 to address the initial reports of abuse from both the producer and the agency’s CEO. The lawyer stated, “Member ‘B’ [from The East Light] will personally attend the press conference to give his own testimony about the abuse. He will also provide relevant evidence and answer questions from the press.”

balloon_wanted on twitter has been providing additional information about the situation.

on a more personal note, i am absolutely horrified. i have been following them since their debut, and just... they are all so young.

sources: first article: @soompi, naver via soompi
second article: @soompi, naver via soompi
eelgirl13 18th-Oct-2018 01:47 pm (UTC)
There are rumors of which member it may be but regardless I hope they are all being taken care of well going forward with this situation and whatever they, their parents and their legal representatives decide is the best course of action going forward.
goshipgurl 18th-Oct-2018 01:52 pm (UTC)
and though he has disciplined them at times like a parent would, he has never instigated or abetted any acts of violence

but you are not their fucking parent, you are their boss! jeez.

i just realized that woojin was on PD101 and BFFs with kang daniel :(
torontok 18th-Oct-2018 02:46 pm (UTC)
How the fuck is he allowed to crawl away with a resignation when he was abusing minors?????
lydzi 18th-Oct-2018 02:50 pm (UTC)

Omg, I am seething rn. They are kids, like litteral kids. Jstice needs to be done, there's no need for little slaps on the wrists here, it's jail time and that's final. And a big huge fine to the agency. Those poor boys ;___;

That statement is a load of crap btw. I do hope netizen will start a riot over this asap.
eelgirl13 18th-Oct-2018 03:14 pm (UTC)
the sad thing is this isnt gaining as much attention as it should be. abuse in general is something that should not happen and when it does should be brought to light for justice, but for such a sensitive case there isn't that much traction at all - even in the international community who usually would start trending hashtags and the likes.

i hate the fact that one of the members is going to have to come out during that press conference and publicly testify (even more so that member B is going to be named while the asshole is not so far) but i am hoping that with this press conference that it will help bring awareness to their case.
lydzi 18th-Oct-2018 03:47 pm (UTC)
Things don't seem to change in Sk regarding those kind of treatments and it truly pisses me off so much. I get the fact that no one wants to aknowledge this but it's really appaling that people don't seem to be outraged. The lack of empathy is just gnnnn

The boys are brave, and probably so full of despair that they don't even care anymore. I can't fanthom the scum that takes advantage of young one's dreams to make stuff like that.

Do they have a twitter or something? I don't but I'm truly willing to create one just in order to show support. The all idol industry needs to check itself asap. We're not in the 60's anymore.

Edited at 2018-10-18 03:48 pm (UTC)
eelgirl13 18th-Oct-2018 04:27 pm (UTC)
it really is horrible honestly. thankfully it did seem to pick up a bit (the east light is trending in top ten on naver now), but we'll see how it goes when the press conference happens.

they do - its @teltheeastlight! but that is run by their management, they have individual instagram accounts (this link shows their usernames https://twitter.com/honeysuckletae/status/1052768358603661312) and have been known to read comments from fans.

fair warning though - right now things are a bit... tense. its a lot of speculation and obviously there is a lot that has not been revealed but to put it in vague terms - there is a lot that needs to be revealed before jumping to conclusions. :/

lydzi 18th-Oct-2018 04:35 pm (UTC)
Thanks bb ♥ I will go there after the press conference but I really hope that this time, it will not go like dust under the carpet. Things need to be resolved truthfully >< Otherwise nothing will ever change :/
lydzi 18th-Oct-2018 02:52 pm (UTC)
Also I'm fed up with "producer A" "agent B". Give me the names of the bastard. They don't need protection if they can abuse kids.
theweebdream 18th-Oct-2018 03:11 pm (UTC)
Uhhhhh how about pressing some fucking charges against them as well??
eelgirl13 18th-Oct-2018 03:17 pm (UTC)
i'm hoping that they will - as of now they haven't sued or anything of the likes but at the same time this morning is literally the first time any of this has been made known so i'm really really hoping that the next step is pressing charges.
babyjenkski 18th-Oct-2018 03:45 pm (UTC)
This is making me so mad right now. I really hope those people who did this to the kids pay for their crimes.
ashdevilrun23 18th-Oct-2018 04:29 pm (UTC)
This is literally child abuse these poor kids :(
I hope they get some form of justice
rainstormraider 18th-Oct-2018 04:38 pm (UTC)
So essentially they fired the producer only when the news came out.

Trainees are your employees not your children, the fact that they made this claim in their statement makes it clear that this is a bad agency.
ohbubbajoan 18th-Oct-2018 06:53 pm (UTC)
this is literally child abuse, what the fuck. that statement is absolute bullshit. i hope the kids and their families press charges.
and i'm not looking foward to the press conference, i bet this is going to be so emotionally tiring for the kid :( i hope they're receiving all the care rn
sra_interesante 18th-Oct-2018 07:22 pm (UTC)
this is horrible, im kinda glad you guys put warning in those posts because details are indeedd triggering 😥😥😥

i cant believe translator account shared they dont have more updates to share about this scandal because isnt getting public attention


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