In the wake of The East Light member and leader Lee Seok Cheol’s allegations of abuse against their now-former producer and now-former agency CEO, a past video of The East Light has resurfaced and sparked outrage in the online community.
The video, posted to The East Light’s official YouTube channel in November 2017, follows the boys as they go about their schedule for the day.
Following the recent allegations of abuse, netizens noticed noises in the background of the video at the 28-second mark: Lee Seok Cheol saying “It was a mistake” and repeatedly saying, as he is being hit with something, that it hurts.
Lee Eun Sung, Kim Jun Wook, and Jung Sa Gang were on camera at the time, and after looking over to see what was going on, Lee Eun Sung explains, “Actually, on the way here, Seok Cheol was playing music in the car and had opened the sunroof without starting the engine, doing everything he wanted to do, so the battery in one of the cars died. He’s being disciplined by our manager.”
The camera turns to show what is going on but cuts to a different clip, with a short message saying that the video was deleted at the request of the agency.
Viewers commented, “If it’s like that even while a camera’s rolling, I can’t even imagine what it’s like when they’re not filming,” and, “How much must this have happened on a day-to-day basis that they put this in like it’s something funny?”
Meanwhile, in the latest developments, Lee Seok Cheol and Lee Seung Hyun announced through their legal rep on October 22 that they plan to file an official legal complaint. On the same day, Media Line released an official statement saying that their contracts with the remaining members of The East Light have been terminated.
The public has also moved to action, and a national petition on the Blue House website asking for proper punishment of producer Moon Young Il and CEO Kim Chang Hwan of Media Line Entertainment has now reached support from over 205,000 people.
Source: @soompi, Naver via soompi, TheEastLight.