Another idol group is taking on their agency. B.A.P. have filed a lawsuit against their label TS Entertainment to cancel their contacts.
On Wednesday, November 26, the six members of the group formally submitted a lawsuit to the Seoul Western District Court claiming their contracts with the agency are unfairly advantageous to the company.
According to court documents, the official starting date of each member's contract is not when it was signed, but the date of the first album's release, elongating the contract that already has a term of seven years.
Legal representatives for the members — Zelo, Daehyun, Yongguk, Himchan, Youngjae and Jongup — allege that the agreement is not in line with the Fair Trade Commission's standards to prevent "slave contracts" in the entertainment industry. Additionally, B.A.P.'s contracts also include clauses that violate their civil rights and encourage unfair profit distribution, among others complaints.
TS Entertainment today, November 27, responded to the filing, claiming they were unaware of any lawsuits. Says a spokesman, "The company found out through the news articles… TS Entertainment has supported the various activities of the company's artist, B.A.P, and worked hard to achieve a common goal.
"Under mutual consideration and faith, the company, with the first priority put on the safety of the artist, has cancelled all official schedules and provided a time of rest."
In late October, the company announced B.A.P'S South American tour was cancelled and posted on their home page that the group needed time to rest after their hard work and busy schedules.
However, a source tells IdolWow! the impending lawsuit is why the group failed to show for the 2014 MTV European Music Awards in Glasgow, Scotland, despite RSVP’ing to event organizers prior, suggesting legal action has been building up for a while.
"Things have been falling apart for some time," says the source.
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But TS deny any wrongdoing and write in a statement, "We are currently checking for concrete facts. However, the issues of 'unfair contract conditions' or 'slave contracts' that have been reported, do not exist, and there hasn't been any one-sided and unfair treatment towards the artists either."
The case continues.