Lalisa Manoban, or better known as BLACKPINK’s Lisa (리사) had recently been scammed when a former manager stole ₩1 billion Korean won (approx. RM3.5 million) from her.
After firing the aforementioned manager, nicknamed “A”, YG Entertainment released a statement, confirming the news and provided an update on the situation.
According to Market News, “A” had been with Lisa since she was a rookie when she debuted as part of BLACKPINK in 2016. “A” exploited the trust and friendship between the duo when the person claimed to be looking into real estate purchase opportunities. It was later discovered that Manager “A” had wasted all of Lisa’s money on gambling.
Media outlets explained that many were blindsided by “A” because they were a long-time employee of YG Entertainment and has been well-established within the music label. It is understood that this was not an easy decision for Lisa to make this public since her image and team activities might be compromised.
YG Entertainment also released the following statement:
“After looking into the matter, we confirmed that Lisa was a victim of fraud by former manager “A.”
According to Lisa’s wishes to settle this amicably, as the former manager was someone Lisa had trusted, Manager “A” has reimbursed a part of the sum and has left the company after agreeing on a reimbursement plan for the rest of the sum.
We bow our heads and apologize for causing concern to the fans who love our artist. We are embarrassed by the misconduct of “A,” and we are feeling responsible for the management and supervision. We are taking preventive measures so that this does not happen again.”
A close friend has also shed light on Lisa’s case. Get the full scoop here.