B.A.P files lawsuit over "slave contracts," vocal coach backs claims
Over the Thanksgiving holiday, K-pop group B.A.P (Best Absolute Perfect) made waves in the industry when it was revealed that all six members were filing a contract nullification suit against their entertainment company, TS Entertainment.
The group claims their contracts benefit only the company and not them. Their contracts are said to include "clauses that violate civil rights and go against what is outlined by the Fair Trade Commission." Profits made from the group are also allegedly being distributed unfairly, where TS is collecting most of the profit, leaving the group with only a small fraction of their earnings. According to the suit, since debuting in 2012, B.A.P have earned over 9 million dollars, yet the company has only given each member $16,000.
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Now group member Daehyun's vocal coach has come forward backing the group's claims. On Twitter, he stated various instances of the company's mismanagement of the group. He claimed the company wouldn't give them details of their bank accounts, kept them from seeing their families, and that they had no cell phones for three years to contact anyone. He also claimed the company's own CEO screamed and cursed at the members' parents when they requested to meet with him, and they were only allowed a break in their activities because their parents and company had been arguing.
TS Entertainment released this statement in regards to the lawsuit: "Currently we are looking into the details of the matter. However, the unfair contract clauses and slave contracts that were mentioned in previous reports as the main issues brought up by the lawsuit do not exist, and the unilateral unfair treatment of the artist by our agency also never happened. Upon confirming the details of the lawsuit, we will be taking the proper steps to see it through. We sincerely apologize to all the fans of TS Entertainment artists for causing concern."
Whatever ends up happening, do you believe B.A.P can recover and continue on with their success?