SM reveals thoughts surrounding Hankyung’s lawsuit
Amidst controversies surrounding Hankyung’s Chinese CF, his agency, SM Entertainment, has revealed that they would still take back Hankyung, if he should decide to return to Korea.
A representative of the agency spoke with New Daily on November 19th and stated, “Hankyung filed an injunction against SM Entertainment on December 21st, 2009. All of the investigations have been completed and we’re waiting on is the final judgment. We’re curious on the reason as to why the court has yet to pass a judgment. The relationship between Hankyung and SM Entertainment is only becoming uncomfortable because of such delays.”
Regarding their feelings on Hankyung’s actual contract, the representative went on to state:
“At the time of the contract signing, Hankyung was present with his mother and clearly heard the explanation that the contract would be for 13 years. He is the one that signed it. For him to come out now and claim that he received unjust treatment from Korea and that the entire contract is invalid is ridiculous.
China has advanced a lot recently, but at the time, how could he have earned the skills in China in order to become an international star? Hankyung himself knew that SME’s star system was superior, which is why he came to Korea.
There were a few months in the beginning of Super Junior’s career where he was met with uncomfortable situations due to his visa problems, but the fact that he is claiming the contract as invalid is just an excuse.
There has been a lot of controversy surrounding ’slave contracts’ in the entertainment industry lately, and the way we see it, Hankyung just wanted to join the bandwagon and is now being used by associates around him. If he knows that he did not become a top star in China on his own with absolutely no background, I hope that he will think once more on whether it is right for him to go against the company that has raised him thus far.
At the time of his lawsuit, the Super Junior members and company employees found out about it through the newspaper. We are also praying that his recent CF controversy isn’t true as well.
Despite all of this, SM Entertainment believes that it is better for both Hankyung and the company to come back together as opposed to terminating the contract. Whenever Hankyung wants to return, we will take him back.”
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Okay, yes… We can all admit that SM raised Hangeng into the Star he is now… But no, he did not turn on SM. He simply had enough. Although for SM to say that he did not get unfair treatment is false. It is a proven fact that SME often turned down endorsers asking for Hangeng, and instead offered other Super Junior members for the endorsement. Also, I bet it was humiliating to have to perform on stage wearing a mask because of SM’s poor treatment of Hangeng’s visa. For SME to deny that their contracts aren’t nearing the line of slavery whatsoever is ridiculous. If their contracts were so jolly and kind, then why would JYJ file a lawsuit against SM? Why would fans often see their artists about to collapse on stage from exhaustion? They work hard. We understand that. But they are humans. Looking at it from both sides, SM invests ALOT of money on these artists and pay for all their living expenses. But this however does not give them the right to treat their artists so harshly. Show some compassion, okay?
Does anyone else think that SM’s above statement sounds somewhat too staged and fake? I highly doubt that they would Hankyung back if he chose to. The whole lawsuit should not have turned into such a big deal. I simply believe that Hangeng had had enough, and could not continue any longer working in the Hallyu wave.
P.S.: Someone should tell SM that Hangeng’s recent CF controversy has already been proven to be false and unjust. =]