- Nine members of K-pop girl group LOONA — HeeJin, HaSeul, YeoJin, Kim Lip, JinSoul, Choerry, Yves, Go Won and Olivia Hye — have reportedly filed injunctions to terminate their contracts with label BlockBerry Creative.
- The news comes days after member Chuu was expelled from the group for “violent language and misuse of power” to staff.
- BlockBerry Creative deny the reports of the other members’ injunctions and have responded to fans demanding they provide evidence for the claims against Chuu, writing, “It is the rights of Chuu herself and the staff who was harmed to provide the truth or evidence of this.”
- Following Chuu’s removal, fellow LOONA members HyunJin, HeeJin and Go Won have all shown signs of support.
- Several former staff members and industry professionals who have worked with Chuu came to the idol's defense.
Nine members of K-pop girl group LOONA have reportedly filed injunctions to terminate their contracts with label BlockBerry Creative.
JTBC Enternews reported on Monday that most of the members of the 11-person group — HeeJin, HaSeul, YeoJin, Kim Lip, JinSoul, Choerry, Yves, Go Won and Olivia Hye — are in legal proceedings to terminate their contracts. The news comes just days after BlockBerry Creative announced Chuu’s expulsion from the group over alleged “violent language and misuse of power” to staff.
The report claimed the members have decided that their mutual trust with BlockBerry Creative has collapsed and that any future activities as a group would be difficult.
In the same report from JTBC Enternews, Blockberry Creative denied the purported injunctions were filed. Chuu filed an injunction in December 2021 to terminate her contract.
Members Vivi and HyunJin are the only two LOONA members who have not taken legal action against their label. ViVi, who is from Hong Kong, is the only international member of the group. Netizens have speculated that she could not take legal action as her visa is likely tied to her work with Blockberry Creative.
Vivi likely hasn’t filed due to her foreigner status. Her work visa is likely directly tied to her contract. And Hyunjin likely hasn’t filed either to support ViVi until she can file, or due to her current gig with The World Cup
— Leslie (@assaoncebit) November 28, 2022
Vivi is most probably working out visa issues before trying to terminate her contract.
Hyunjin is most probably staying behind with her. She was the first entering this god forsaken company, she will be the last to leave. https://t.co/5elKxAVKtQ
— Bree Van De Chonky Cat 🌕 (@LoonaCodex) November 28, 2022
Meanwhile, HyunJin has voiced support for Chuu following her removal. She allegedly wrote about Chuu on the artist-to-fan messaging app Fab, saying, “I have a headache. My heart it’s break. I’m angry. I’m really angry.” Additionally, at a recent fan call event, HeeJin and Go Won showed a small sign of support for Chuu when they both made Chuu’s signature “Chuu heart” hand gesture.
🐱: “I have a headache. My heart it’s break. I’m angry. I’m really angry”.
👤: “Hyunjin, you can be on fab? Just in case be careful with your words. Our heart hurt”.
🐱: “…” pic.twitter.com/qsFleiWj5z
— cherrymotionメキシコ (@cherrymotionwrd) November 25, 2022
Former staff members and other industry professionals who have worked with Chuu have also come to the ousted idol’s defense, including a longtime LOONA choreographer, a former A&R employee, a music journalist, writers on Chuu’s show “Chuu Can Do It” and even veteran idol Sunmi, among many others.
Longtime LOONA choreographer Faryoung Kim IG Story
“My daughter that I love❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️”https://t.co/LEOgGj6qBP pic.twitter.com/CWea4rmH8E
— 💫 Orrery/nim (@orrery_nim) November 26, 2022
Former Loona A&R Ryu Ji-in via Instagram story:
“We work with each other’s lives on the line
I wish they wouldn’t play around with someone else’s life.” pic.twitter.com/ctay7rffmv
— LitellJohnn (@litell_johnn) November 25, 2022
Music and culture journalist Joy Park: https://t.co/4MpJDWGWVg pic.twitter.com/9R6VTEoatY
— LitellJohnn (@litell_johnn) November 25, 2022
Chuu Can Do It writer Instagram Story:
“Power abuse, that’s really funny 🙃
Even when it was tiring for Jiwoo she was someone who worried in case the staff wouldn’t get paid
Once I got frustrated and said hey Jiwoo worry about yourself first!”
— 💫 Orrery/nim (@orrery_nim) November 25, 2022
[IG] 221126 #Chuu on Sunmi (miyayeah) Instagram Story update
🔗https://t.co/qj3DHmkbyb@loonatheworld #이달의소녀 pic.twitter.com/n10R3vELFM
— LOONA Press 🌱🗞 (@loonapress) November 26, 2022
Blockberry Creative issued another statement on Monday following Chuu’s removal, claiming their actions against Chuu were not “with the goal of exposing Chuu’s misuse of power to the public and media.” The statement goes on to say that although they understand why fans and netizens demand evidence of the label’s allegations against Chuu, it is “the rights of Chuu herself and the staff who was harmed to provide the truth or evidence of this.”
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