On November 2, SM Entertainment issued the following statement:
This is SM Entertainment.
Regarding the various illegal acts that have taken place against our artists, we have commissioned more than 10 law firms, including the nation’s top law firms and specialized law firms, to take strong civil and criminal legal action.
Recently, malicious rumors, malicious postings and comments, and defamatory posts have been indiscriminately posted and circulating on online communities, social networking sites, and portal sites, all prompting us to take stronger legal action.
We inform you that the act of fabricating such rumors and posting defamatory statements based on unconfirmed or baseless facts are clearly illegal and subject to strong legal action. This also applies to the spreading of said rumors and statements. We ask you to be mindful and to avoid getting involved with anything of the sort.
In addition, thousands of reports have been received daily in our tip-off e-mail account (firstname.lastname@example.org), which was opened in December 2017. We have followed up with all of them and in certain instances have filed complaints after consulting with the related artist.
With the steady stream of malicious postings and groundless rumors, we are continuing to look into these cases and taking legal action against confirmed cases based on the information gained from our own monitoring and fan reports and help received from domestic and overseas platforms and portal sites. Many of the culprits have been convicted.
We will continue to support and do our best to protect the rights and honor of our artists as well as to help them grow, develop, and become active artists.
We would also like to reiterate that we will actively handle all illegal activities by taking serious legal action as we have done so far.
Source: Naver via Soompi, @soompi