A former English tutor of the Wonder Girls, Daniel Gauss, recently made allegations on JYP Entertainment’s “ill-conceived” management of the girl group’s venture into the U.S. market.
Jung Wook, CEO of JYP Entertainment released a rebuttal statement, denying such claims and clearing up misunderstandings that may have been caused because of them. Even with the company’s rebuttal statement at hand, there was still heavy doubt towards them as they have been plagued with controversial issues as of late.
However, their words may be easier to believe as Yenny herself spoke up about JYP Entertainment’s alleged mistreatment towards the Wonder Girls on her Twitter.
Let me say just one thing. One day, while recording, I said that I felt a cold coming on and he gave me a bottle of vitamins and told me to always take one vitamin everyday. Then, on another day, he bought five jars of organic honey and told me to always eat one spoonful every morning. Because it was good for my throat. When it was my birthday, you wrote me a heartfelt message on a puppy card you handpicked yourself. This is the kind of “unjust” treatment that we have received. It is because we were unable to give back that much in return.
As implied from Yenny’s recent tweet, it seems like things are going swell at the JYP headquarters. So did Daniel Gauss really have the girls’ best interest at heart like he claimed to be, or was he harboring an ulterior motive, like gaining 15 seconds of fame?
JYPE is now seeking to pursue legal action against him for raising such allegations.
Although it is unfortunate that the issue had to arise four days before the Wonder Girls’ long-awaited comeback, you can’t keep a good thing down.
UPDATE: Yenny recently updated her twitter with these two tweets:
@followjyp JY, u said the truth always wins and i believe that cuz u said so. just hope u know that we are here for u as u’ve always been.
@followjyp and we love you..! :)
(edit: yep, this is translated from her korean post)
Yesterday, a former English tutor of the Wonder Girls went public with allegations regarding JYP Entertainment’s mistreatment of the pop quintet, alighting interest among Wonderfuls and kpop fans around the world.
After the JYPE CEO Jung Wook and WG member Yeeun responded to Gauss’s allegations yesterday, leader Sunye followed suit and posted an entry on her blog today in response to the issue.
Hi, this is Sunye of Wonder Girls.
I’m writing because I came across a heartbreaking news while preparing for our comeback.
First… I would like to say that what the English tutor have mentioned is not true.
Especially the story about my father. It is a bit upsetting that personal issues of my family was brought up publicly.
My father was suffering from a long-term illness and few months ago, he was rushed to the hospital when it suddenly worsened.
Upon hearing the news, I immediately flew from New York to Korea to visit my father,
and it so happened that other members were to return to Korea after a week in order to attend an event set up in Korea.
I watched after my father for a week and thankfully he got better, so after consulting his doctor I was able to attend the scheduled event.
He had the illness for almost 20 years, and it wasn’t something that could be dealt with immediately,
so after seeing that he got better, I could settle my mind and return to performing.
Regarding other things he was worried about…
When Sunmi was still not well after receiving a surgery in Korea and flying to New York, although she was against it,
because of our opinion and the company’s opinion she visited hospital frequently until she was fully cured.
We had no trouble with going to hospital over even little things like problems with our skin.
JYPE does not set limit on us entering and exiting the building,
and the JYPE building that we live in was a residence for students before we moved in.
Coming to the US was a matter that we decided upon carefully after receiving the company’s proposal,
and after an year here, the life at New York is fun and we’re thankful, we’ve been seeing and experiencing so many new things.
Even we are finding it hard to understand the points that the English tutor made,
and I decided to write this myself as it is just so heartbreaking for us, who are preparing for a comeback soon.
We have told all these to the company,
and they will take good care of this situation so don’t worry!
We promise that whatever happens, we will tell the truth.
We thank everyone for showing that you care for us,
and we will visit you with our new song “2 Different Tears”!
source: allkpop 1, allkpop 2