It looks like SM Entertainment may have to set up a new office — in court!
A fresh new lawsuit launched by former EXO member Tao has been filed against the agency, using the exact same lawyers that former members Kris and Luhan hired for their cases.
Both Korean local news and Chinese media outlet Sina have reported details of the 22-year-old idol’s official filing against SM Entertainment, citing official documentation submitted on Monday, August 24, to the Seoul Central District Court.
The documentation shows that the EXO star had hired the same legal team that dealt with his two former EXO bandmates, both of whom filed lawsuits for the nullification of their allegedly “unfair” contracts after moving back to China last year.
But SM Entertainment said they will be putting up a fight, explaining in a statement, “In light of Tao’s filing, the company plans to respond from multiple angles including legal action in both Korea and China, whilst working with Korean and Chinese legal professionals and partners. We will also take firm legal action against all of Tao’s illegal activities.”
The former lead rapper of EXO-M made a sudden, unexpected exit from the group earlier this year in April and went on to launch a solo album in China which was received with positive acclaim and sold over 670,000 copies in its first week.
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Meanwhile, it’s work as usual for Tao, who will be holding a free concert at Beijing on August 23 in honor of the victims of the recent Tianjin explosion, which killed more than 100 people.