2:36 pm - 10/19/2018

[TW] The East Light’s Lee Seok Cheol Releases Recording Of Agency CEO After Speaking Out About Abuse

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.

*Note: The producer has been named to be MOON Yeong il. Apologies, I had written the wrong surname in the previous post.

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
youtubelargo 19th-Oct-2018 07:40 pm (UTC)
I have been kind of quiet on this - it's hard for me to speak given my past abuse. But I want OP to know how deeply, deeply appreciated their work is and that I appreciate them doing all this despite how awful the story is. You're really helping. <3
eelgirl13 19th-Oct-2018 07:48 pm (UTC)
thank you for this <3 The fanbase is so small but seeing how fan accounts on twitter was doing their best to spread the situation I wanted to help spread the word in anyway I could as well.

Please stay safe and take care of yourself!! <3
lydzi 19th-Oct-2018 08:11 pm (UTC)
*hugs tightly*
ohbubbajoan 19th-Oct-2018 08:36 pm (UTC)
sending you all the love *hugs*
sparkb 19th-Oct-2018 08:01 pm (UTC)
This is so heartbreaking I wish both of them can heal properly and the other members is safe as well. ):
eelgirl13 Some more information that came out 19th-Oct-2018 08:07 pm (UTC)
-Seunghyun has left the group for about two weeks now, and classmates have reportedly said he has been showing up to classes with bruises. He also has said he has not spoken with the other four members since then. (source: https://twitter.com/balloon_wanted/status/1053237101599150081)

-the story has been broadcasted on the 7pm KBS news. I admittedly do not know much about the broadcast stations in Korea but as far as I understand, KBS has a much wider reach then JTBC (the first new station to report on this) has. (source: https://twitter.com/TEL_Base/status/1053236185835823104)

-the issue is spreading in korea. Once again, I am not knowledgeable in how naver upvoting works and what this shows about how many people are aware of this, but the east light and the CEO's name have been trending in naver search and the articles on this are amongst the top. the only reason it appears not to be spreading is only bc the international community has not picked up on it, but in korea it is.

(on a side note, do send some love towards the twitter translators if can. balloon_wanted has mentioned being exhausted from translating, and tel_base has actually come back from hiatus just to keep the international community in the loop. )
lydzi Re: Some more information that came out 19th-Oct-2018 08:23 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much. I signed it. I really hope that it takes traction. I've seen several people talk about it on tumblr too so hopefully, it's spreading around and the boys will know that they are not alone. I'm a bit worried about the four remaning (where are the parents? for real? where are they? oO)
eelgirl13 Re: Some more information that came out 19th-Oct-2018 08:30 pm (UTC)
i'm glad that the international community is slowly starting to pick up on it as the days go on.

honestly right now my biggest worry is the remaining four. the radio silence could means they are also in contact with their parents and working on legal measures like lee brothers did, and if they want to do it quietly to protect the kids i would understand. However, given that they have kept quiet for almost a year and a half about this situation, and if the PD did not return to the company they may have continued to keep quiet scares me that what we hope they are doing might not be the case... I'm so glad that Seunghyun and Seokcheol have gotten out of this, so I really hope the next news I hear is that the other four have done the same.

Edited at 2018-10-19 08:36 pm (UTC)
ohbubbajoan 19th-Oct-2018 08:35 pm (UTC)
all the news and evidence made me tear up... i'm so sorry for these kids. they're really brave to come foward. the CEO, the PD and everyone in that agency that knew about this and did nothing deserves to be locked up and never allowed to be around kids or anyone, really, ever again.
I'm know there's no news about the others members so far but i hope their families take them off that agency asap.
reader17 20th-Oct-2018 03:48 am (UTC)
This whole thing makes me sad and mad all at the same time. Mad that people could treat any human being that way especially being kids. I think all of these kids are really talented, and I am hoping that they are all getting help because I think all of them need it. I am also afraid that we are not hearing anything from the other 4. Hope that they all leave the company and are able to move on with their lives and hoping from this day forward they are no longer treated badly.
babyjenkski 22nd-Oct-2018 03:09 pm (UTC)
I read an update earlier today that company has terminated the contracts of the remaining 4
idlewilds3 20th-Oct-2018 04:02 am (UTC)
Besides commenting here and there on LJ, I have no social media presence anywhere else so I can’t really help to spread the words. Hoping to do my little part by repeatedly googling their situation so some kind of metric is picking up to give them a tiny bit more presence.

Also, thank you so much for all your work on this. It must be so hard to go through everything and compile such heartbreaking news.
daceymormont 20th-Oct-2018 08:41 am (UTC)
this is all so upsetting - my heart is breaking for these boys. they're so brave for coming out like this and i wish them all the best.

these monsters deserve to rot.
babyjenkski 22nd-Oct-2018 03:08 pm (UTC)
I can't help but feel so sad reading the updates. I am thankful that there are other fandoms as well (I saw this from BTOB fans) who are going around with petitions and support for the boys. I may not be a fan of East Light but my prayers are with them as they go through this.
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