The Okay-pop boyband held a press convention yesterday (November 16) alongside their authorized counsel the place their 11 members personally aired allegations of abuse and sexual harassment in opposition to the company’s ex-CEO Kang Seong-hee, who’s accused of “threatening, assaulting and exploiting” members of the group previously 12 months since their debut.
OMEGA X’s attorneys shared plans to press costs in opposition to Kang and revealed that they’ve utilized to nullify the group’s present unique contract with SPIRE.
Claims concerning Kang first surfaced final month after the conclusion of OMEGA X’s ‘Join: Don’t Give Up’ US tour. Korean outlet SBS Information printed video clips that reportedly depict Kang verbally abusing and manhandling members outdoors the live performance venue and of their lodge foyer in Los Angeles. The band launched a brand new, unbiased Instagram account shortly after the clips went viral, the place they claimed they had been topic to “unwarranted therapy” from SPIRE.
Kang beforehand denied the allegations to SBS. SPIRE later issued a proper apology and concurrently introduced the resignation of “the CEO accountable for this matter”. The corporate has but to reply on the newest allegations aired by OMEGA X and their attorneys in the course of the press convention. NME has reached out to SPIRE Leisure for remark.
Within the press convention, OMEGA X’s members spoke on how their psychological well being deteriorated as a result of alleged abuse, per a report from Korea JoongAng Each day, and acknowledged they imagine different Okay-pop hopefuls and idols are dealing with comparable therapy behind the scenes.
“I actually tried to endure it,” member Hangyeom advised press of the alleged abuse and mistreatment. “Since this was my second debut, I didn’t need to make followers hear the phrase ‘disband’. So I simply picked up the cellphone at any time when Kang, drunk, would name me on a regular basis; throughout our schedules and even late at night time after work.” (All members of OMEGA X had been in several, now-disbanded boy teams previous to their re-debut collectively.)
“At any time when I bought house, I turned anxious that Kang would name any minute,” Hangyeom continued. “I ultimately couldn’t take it anymore and began going to a psychiatric clinic. In reality, even now, after I hear a cellphone ring or vibrate, or something remotely like an alarm, I panic. Even earlier than beginning psychiatric therapy, I had many events after I couldn’t breathe due to her infinite calling and verbal abuse.
“As soon as, when one other panic assault occurred, I advised Kang that I couldn’t breathe. She mocked me saying, ‘Oh, are we going to see articles that say ‘OMEGA X turns into a 10-member band as a result of Hangyeom has panic dysfunction?’ I used to be shocked by that.”
Different bandmates additionally alleged that the abuse they confronted whereas underneath SPIRE’s administration didn’t finish with Kang. “Not simply Kang, but in addition staff and managers yelled insults at us and gaslit us,” Jaehan, who’s the chief of OMEGA X, stated. “And in the course of the latest world tour, we had been bodily assaulted by them too.” Yechan additionally recalled that “one other excessive[er]-up at our company advised us [to] ‘die’ within the group chat whereas we had been touring South America.”
OMEGA X additionally stated they imagine the verbal and bodily abuse they confronted was not an remoted incident distinctive to the group nor SPIRE. “I do know not each company is like that, however I believe numerous Okay-pop trainees and even present idols are being handled unfairly,” Taedong stated.
“I practiced 15 to 17 hours a day with no single day without work. They confiscated my cellphone and compelled me to share my passwords,” he alleged of the company he was with earlier than SPIRE. “There was abuse in my previous company too,” Hangyeom added. “I wasn’t crushed however different members had been, on the workplace and even throughout excursions.”
Following the press convention, Japanese media firm SKIYAKI, which holds the license for OMEGA X’s actions in Japan, introduced yesterday that it’ll not be working with SPIRE transferring ahead. SKIYAKI stated it “has decided that SPIRE… has dedicated a critical compliance violation. We’ve determined to terminate our unique contract with SPIRE,” the corporate wrote on the group’s Japanese web site. NME has reached out to SPIRE Leisure for remark.
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