6:16 am - 03/14/2019

2 Former Girl Group Members Open Up About Agency’s Inhumane Treatment



KBS JOY’s “Coin Law Room” recently gained attention for featuring two former girl group members on the show.

With cast members Song Eun Yi and Moon Se Yoon, “Coin Law Room” is a show where people are able to come into a room and meet with a lawyer to talk about their cases and receive a consultation.

On March 13, the show featured two female clients who once promoted in the same girl group but recently parted ways with the group. During the show, the women opened up about how their agency had treated them inhumanely.

The former girl group members shared, “They did provide us with rice. But there were bugs in it, so if we wanted to eat rice then we had to pick out the bugs [out of the rice] daily. Our parents paid the expenses for food, but our electricity and water were cut off. We had to look for a barbershop to wash our hair.”

They added, “While we were on our way to an event in Busan, there was a car accident and the rear bumper became crooked. Our necks hit [the inside of the car] three times and we spoke up about the pain, but despite this, we arrived at the event location in Busan by speeding. The next day after completing our event in Seoul, they did not take us to the hospital.”

One of the women shared, “So in the end, I went to the emergency room by myself.”

Showing his concern, Moon Se Yoon said, “If you release an album and promote, there’s a big possibility that the same situation might happen again,” to which the former girl group members replied, “It’s true. Even now there are other young idols who are promoting there [in the agency] again.”

Moon Se Yoon commented, “They are using the dream of (an idol debut) to satisfy themselves,” and Lawyer Shin Joong Kwon added, “It’s abuse. Abuse.”

The former girl group members continued, “While we promoted for 3 years as a girl group, our manager, food expenses, and transportation were not provided by our company at all. We didn’t even have an office. We would use a coffee shop or a fast food place as an office space.”

They added, “We would also have performances at clubs that were filled with cigarette smoke. When we met with the people in question, they would touch our butts and stroke our thighs. While a member was in the restroom, they would put their numbers into the member’s phone to find out her phone number. And they would try to kiss us when pictures were being taken.”

The two women revealed that the agency CEO responded to all this by saying, “They must have done that because you are cute and like a daughter to them.” After hearing this, Song Eun Yi replied, “That’s ridiculous.”

The former members shared, “For three years, we did about 500 events. When we asked other girl groups, [they said] event fees usually start at around 5 million won (approximately $4,400). After we left, our CEO even changed cars.”

Source: Naver via Soompi
xxqod 14th-Mar-2019 11:34 am (UTC)
Wtf this is sexual harrassment and abuse. It doesn't say clearly, but I assume the CEO pocketed most/all of the money while exploiting these girls/women :/
skybluecotton 14th-Mar-2019 11:34 am (UTC)
"The two women revealed that the agency CEO responded to all this by saying, “They must have done that because you are cute and like a daughter to them.” After hearing this, Song Eun Yi replied, “That’s ridiculous.”

This is so fucking disgusting..
I've actually heard this line from a kdrama before, I can't believe men say this in real life
rockerista03 14th-Mar-2019 02:12 pm (UTC)
wtf how much more disgusting could men get? They're basically being abused. And to not even attend to the medical needs of the group just saddens and angers me a great deal.
xoxkenzxox 14th-Mar-2019 02:28 pm (UTC)
Poor girls.
modestgoddess79 14th-Mar-2019 03:04 pm (UTC)
Sexual harassment and neglect
lizanka23 14th-Mar-2019 03:26 pm (UTC)
Eww that ceo needs to be investigated. Not just for pocketing money and violating workers rights but possibly sexual harassment if he thinks grabbing strangers butts in normal
daynr 14th-Mar-2019 03:57 pm (UTC)
So much exploitation, I'm impressed they're speaking up and I hope they get help if they need it.
myungung 14th-Mar-2019 04:13 pm (UTC)
CEO you are ridiculous, that's not true and you know it. 3 years is a long torture definitely, especially with so many events and the need to prepare for comebacks too?
vintage_boom 14th-Mar-2019 09:06 pm (UTC)
being a woman is an unending hellscape nightmare
aeries_amethyst 15th-Mar-2019 01:28 am (UTC)
Glad those girls were finally able to leave but jeez, having to put up with all of that nonsense for 3 years?! I've always had suspicions about these agencies but it's good to have idols speak up. Time to expose these creeps and lock them up!
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