WARNING: As with the other posts, the following information and links all contain descriptions of violence and abuse. In particular, the JTBC News link is to a video that contains actual photo evidence. PLEASE PROCEED WITH CAUTION.
October 19, following repeated denials by Media Line Entertainment’s CEO Kim Chang Hwan that he ever abused or ignored violence against members of The East Light, JTBC’s “News Room” released an audio recording from The East Light’s Lee Seok Cheol of the CEO speaking to him after he made it known that he was going to go public about the abuse.
In the recording, Kim Chang Hwan says, “If you’ve entrusted [someone] with something, than you need to leave it alone even if they beat you to death. If you make the paper as a celebrity, you won’t have any ground to stand on, you **. Who’s going to ** take in a kid with problems? You can’t make a big deal out of this, you can’t. Your parents will just be more upset. Ten times more upset than they are now.”
Regarding the audio file, Media Line claimed that while the conversation between Kim Chang Hwan and Lee Seok Cheol did get heated, “[Kim Chang Hwan] just wanted to help all the members continue to do music.”
Meanwhile, Lee Seok Cheol and Lee Seung Hyeon’s father spoke out about the issue to KBS2’s “Entertainment Weekly.”
He said, “For three to four days, I haven’t been able to eat or sleep. I’m so upset. After hearing that the other members of The East Light were also abused, I’m so upset. Hearing [Lee Seok Cheol] say that he grit his teeth and endured being hit, my heart hurt so much.”
Emphasizing the need to protecting everyone, including both adults and children, Lee Seok Cheol’s father said, “I hope that there is never another agency like this. There are a lot of kids doing music nowadays, and no agency should be hitting them.”
Earlier today (October 19), Lee Seok Cheol held a press conference about the physical and verbal abuse the members of The East Light endured from CEO Kim Chang Hwan and a producer, who remains anonymous, since before their debut.
There is a petition going around that if it reaches 200,000 signatures, the Blue House will directly respond. @TEL_base on twitter has a guide on how to sign.
other omona posts regarding the situation: initial report | press conference news | press conference
[In this spoiler, I have also compiled various other links and information regarding this case. Please proceed with caution when looking.]
pann_choa has two posts regarding the abuse that provides more evidence including a text conversation with the PD. Apologies though, I don't want to look through them again so you can find them at their blogspot.
K-Suns (The East Light's fanbase) have also been tweeting picture evidence from past vlives and other video that show possible signs of injuries. It's a lot so it's hard to compile... twitter accounts such as sunnietel, balloon_wanted, bitterssweets, shineusnow_anne have been retweeting many of them along with news broadcasts regarding the situation. this post on reddit provides an organized timeline of the events that were occuring. As always, proceed with caution when reading. The videos have graphic pictures, the posts have graphic images and descriptions.
The CEO has also released another statement regarding Lee Seokcheol's press conference. Medialine's website has been shut down and other personal schedules have been cancelled (all group schedules have been cancelled for a while - presumably after Seunghyun's expulsion from the group.)
sorry for all the links and information. tbh i'm just mindlessly compiling them all as they come out, i'm still in shock. there's a lot of small things from the past that meant nothing when i saw it before but now with this coming to light it's a lot to process. everyone please take care and stay safe.
also would like to add that there has been no word on the other four members current status, so please do proceed with caution if planning to leave encouraging messages on their instagram. their official instagram theeastlight.official follows the six of them so you can find their instagrams from there.
source: @soompi, JTBC News, naver and tvreport.co.kr via soompi