Wow, this is no publicity stunt people! Who said what? What excuses did Stardom made up? What about Block B’s response? One thing for sure somebody is lying! Click here for more!
Before people chew me out, a lot people speculated that this whole ordeal is a publicity stunt for God knows what reason. It’s not like Block B is promoting something new, but you know how people, aka haters, are. As I stated before, Stardom released a statement countering what Block B told the Seoul Central District Court, like duh, but here’s what they said:
“Hello, This is Stardom.
We are sorry to greet you with this kind of situation during the beginning of the New Year. We wanted to offer an explanation as a part of what has been reported is false.
– On the issue of not being paid
Stardom Entertainment has calculated all the earnings of our agency artist Block B and have paid them. Regarding the calculations, we have fulfilled all the calculated payments.
In the contract, when there is an earning, the pay was supposed to be made on the 25th of every month. However, starting from April of 2011 to October of the same year, there was not a single earning during those 6 months, and thus, during then we could not pay out every month.
We want to make clear at this point that although the pay was scheduled to be issued out every month in the original contract, when the members’ parents visited in March of 2012, we settled to change the pay schedule from every month to every three months.
– On the issue of the agency CEO swindling money for promotions and such received from the parents of the members
Mr. Lee, who was first hired as a manager, falsely used the name of ‘CEO’ by forging documentation and it is true that he swindled money from some of the members.
Mr. Lee deceived the agency as well as the parents of the members and met separately with the parents and disappeared with the money of the agency and the parents.
The agency belatedly learned of this, and at the the time, the members’ parents decided to hold off on pursuing legal action as they were concerned about bringing harm to Block B.
Another victim of Mr. Lee has filed against him and the police are looking for him, we at Stardom are hoping that Mr. Lee will be caught soon.
The individuals who helped Mr. Lee during his fraudulent deeds are no longer with the agency and are putting the blame on the agency who is managing the Block B members. Regarding this we will be taking legal action [against the individuals].
– On the issue of the lack of broadcast appearances
After much preparation by Stardom, in February of 2012 Block B made a comeback; however, while in the midst of active domestic promotions, due to the incident that happened at the Thailand interview, [the members] had to go through an eight month reflection period. Because the members weren’t able to make as many broadcast appearances after then, it seems the members of Block B are holding a grudge against the agency.
Stardom has also experienced difficulty during that period, and after working hard so that Block B could promote again, we were able to have them return to broadcast.
– On the existence of individuals behind Block B
We cannot help but lament as we have confirmed that there exist individuals who are encouraging and controlling the members behind this situation of requesting for the nullification of their exclusive contract when we have tried our best to provide even the smallest earnings to our agency artists, and cannot help but lament.
The individuals have purposely used the issue of pay to block the communication between the agency and the members and their parents, and have created mistrust towards Stardom; and we were able to learn from conversing with the members and their family recently that these individuals, who have done wrong while they were working within Stardom, have put all the blame on the agency.
– On our future course of action
To communicate with the Block B members, we sent over documents to their homes during the end of the year, and while preparing to meet them this afternoon, we learned of the lawsuit requesting for the nullification of their exclusive contract through articles on the internet. Despite that, Stardom promises to try our best to resolve the misunderstanding between the agency and Block B.
We will try our best so that we can greet you with better news. Thank you.”
Phew, a very long official statement. This is the first, for me, to see paragraphs worth of official statement from a company. That’s telling me something…they’re covering their butts right now. Using these words as toilet paper to wipe up their s…mess. Of course, Block B fired back. You know how they are, I mean look at Zico’s “Cocks” song, they live to prove their points. Here’s what they said:
“This is the official statement of the 7 members in response to Stardom Entertainment’s (Stardom below) statement on January 4th, 2013.
Firstly, we are very sorry to cause worry to all the fans who love and care for Block B from the start of the new year.
The Block B members took a long time thinking about their decision to nullify their contract and file for an injunction. However, they have come to their decision because of the many things that happened from the start of the contract with Stardom, which [caused them to decide that they] cannot trust Stardom anymore. We would like to let you know that the choice was unavoidable.
Stardom currently states that they have straightened out all the profit [issues] as if there was a mutual agreement about the balance distribution calculation, but this is false. The actual truth will all be revealed in court.
The explanation that Stardom gave about the previous CEO, Mr. Lee, is also false, and they are just trying to deny responsibility. Stardom has explicitly and implicitly agreed to use the title of CEO for Mr. Lee from the start.
On other matters, Stardom’s statement that the request to nullity the contract is because of dissatisfaction about appearing on television and because of a mastermind behind the other members is also completely different from the truth. It is nothing but them trying to derogate the members’ unavoidable decision after careful consideration.
We respectfully ask Stardom to stop making comments that mislead the media and the public.
We apologize once again about causing worry to the fans. The Block B members promise to respond to the fans’ love with a more mature side.
January 4th, 2013
Law firm Shinwon, legal representative of the 7 Block B members”
Wow, now I would hate to be a judge because this is a lot. It’s basically a he said she said thing going on right now. All I want right now is some evidence. That’s the only thing that will guaranteed a victory for either side.
So, who do you think is telling the truth? Stardom or Block B?