11:59 am - 11/04/2019

Starship Ent. To Take Legal Action Against People Spreading Manipulated Photos Of MONSTA X’s Shownu



On November 3, an individual on Twitter posted three photos online and claimed that they were of MONSTA X’s Shownu. In the photos, a man can be seen sleeping on a bed in his underwear, and one of the photos is more explicit than the others as he appears to be fully unclothed. The photos in question seem to have been taken in secret while the man was asleep, and they began spreading quickly on social media and online communities.


Starship Entertainment has since released a statement regarding the photos. They stated:

"Photos that were illegally manipulated in relation to Shownu have been spread online and through social media. We will be filing a report with the police on the first person who posted the photos, as well as those who have helped spread the photos, and we will work with our legal representative to pursue strong legal action through civil suits for compensation of damages on the basis of violating the Act on Special Cases Concerning the Punishment, etc. of Sexual Crimes, circulating material deemed pornographic by the Act on Promotion of Information and Communications Network Utilization and Information Protection, etc., and violating personal rights."



Starship Entertainment has released a statement regarding legal action.

The statement provides an update on legal action taken in July and also reiterates future plans, including the agency’s previous statement on action that will be taken for manipulated photos in relation to MONSTA X’s Shownu.

"Hello. This is Starship Entertainment.

We express deep gratitude to the fans who show lots of interest and love for the artists of Starship Entertainment.

We previously announced plans for legal action regarding the spread of false information, malicious comments, sexual harassment, and defamatory posts.
Afterwards, through active tips sent in by fans and our own monitoring, we collected posts with false information, sexual harassment, personal attacks, and defamation that are spreading online and on social media, and we signed delegation contracts with the law firms Ius&Lex and Sejong. We submitted legal complaints on some of these malicious commenters on July 4.

Suspects who wrote malicious posts were specified through investigation by the investigative agency, and some of them have been forwarded to the prosecution with recommendation for indictment.
All confirmed suspects will be punished through the due process, and we plan on carrying out civil action in addition to criminal punishment.

In addition, photos that were illegally manipulated in relation to Shownu have been spreading online and on social media recently. We plan on reporting the person who initially posted the photos and those who spread them to the police, and we will take immediate and strong action through our legal representative with a civil claim for damages on the basis of violating the Act on Special Cases Concerning the Punishment, etc. of Sexual Crimes, circulating material deemed pornographic by the Act on Promotion of Information and Communications Network Utilization and Information Protection, etc., and violating personal rights.

Through continuous monitoring, we will continue to focus all of our efforts into protecting our agency’s artists to prevent additional harm, and we will continue to take strong legal action without settlement.

We thank all fans who love and support our artists, and we ask for fans to continuously show interest for the protection of the artists’ rights.

We once again express deep gratitude to the many people who support our agency’s artists."

source: @soompi, soompi 1 2, naver, @STARSHIPent
aures 4th-Nov-2019 11:12 am (UTC)
starship's lawyers must be busy these days, what a mess in just a couple of days
juhli 4th-Nov-2019 11:30 am (UTC)
seriously, does someone have it out for Monsta X? It's just punch after punch....
dongsaengkiller 4th-Nov-2019 11:57 am (UTC)
It takes a special type of bastard to upload pictures like that. I hope they end up in jail
4walls 4th-Nov-2019 12:34 pm (UTC)
it's so weird how all this mess happened all at once.

also, bring back wonho.
thebloomroom 4th-Nov-2019 03:29 pm (UTC)
It reminds me of the Cube mess last year, I bet there are disgruntled saesangs or company employers who start spilling tea or releasing the shit they have held on to once there is momentum. Except this is all one group

Edited at 2019-11-04 03:30 pm (UTC)
seulgibear 4th-Nov-2019 06:12 pm (UTC)
if non-mbbs still dont think this is a dog piling/strategic way to take down the group by all means necessary then idk what to tell them and obv people are buying into all the lies no matter the source they come from or how transparent they are. 🙃

bring back wonho [2] and everyone to JAIL
suggestivepeach 4th-Nov-2019 02:13 pm (UTC)

It sucks that so much controversy has surrounded this group now. It’ll be really hard for them to bounce back from this.

falling_cookie 4th-Nov-2019 02:35 pm (UTC)
See, this is why I think someone has it out for Monsta X and this BS with Wonho was staged and fill of lies. This is a lot of "scandals" to happen to a group with medium popularity in Korea in such a short period of time. I don't see anything showing why Wonho should've left. The whole group is suffering and it makes no sense.
seulgibear 4th-Nov-2019 06:29 pm (UTC)
most of the lies have easily been disproven or at the very least cast doubt upon by fans online which makes it even more insane how far this went with ZERO proof of anything. i do believe wonho left out of his own idk stubborness/impulsiveness thinking he'll save the group because ss cannot be that stupid and yes nothing else makes sense
goshipgurl 4th-Nov-2019 02:40 pm (UTC)
It took me 2 minutes to find the source on Twitter. I know their fans want to protect them but linking to the account that uploaded these pics so fans can report them is not really a smart idea.

Apparently meme guy is the next one with a scandal (if the rumors that someone is out to get them true)

Edited at 2019-11-04 02:41 pm (UTC)
dior_chic 4th-Nov-2019 03:42 pm (UTC)
Oh Starbucks guy is next?
luminous_wings 4th-Nov-2019 04:53 pm (UTC)
Wait what =o?
Damn, I wanna know who is doing this. And what their beef is with Monsta X.
thebloomroom 4th-Nov-2019 03:31 pm (UTC)
Yikes, poor guy. No one deserves having their private photos leaked. I read he was sleeping in them though, people are fucking psychotic w no boundaries
nekobot 4th-Nov-2019 04:15 pm (UTC)
People are disgusting. I don't know if the photos being manipulated is true or just a statement to save face but it's really scary to see how willing people are to use straight-up sexual abuse to humiliate other people and keep them in line, I dread to think how far this will go in the future.
juhli 4th-Nov-2019 05:19 pm (UTC)
makes me think of how scary deepfakes are and how much scarier it will be in the future once they improve the technology behind them.
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