The Seoul Central District Court has partially sided with former MOMOLAND member Daisy (데이지) in her ongoing legal battle against the girl group’s home label MLD Entertainment.
As reported by AllKpop earlier today (Monday, 11th October), the agency has been ordered by the court to pay Daisy (real name Yoo Jung Ahn) her unpaid earnings, totalling 79,260,000 KRW (~RM 276,000).
For those in the dark, MOMOLAND was formed by MLD Entertainment through the audition show “Finding MOMOLAND” back in July 2016. Despite being eliminated from the show, Daisy signed an exclusive contract with the agency in September 2016 and eventually joined the group in April 2017, approximately months after their official debut.
It was later revealed that the agency deducted 66 million KRW (around RM230K, which was the total production cost of “Finding Momoland” equally divided among the 10 participants), from Daisy’s earnings. The company further claimed that the 22-year-old idol should also be “responsible for the production cost” of the survival show.
Due to this, Daisy filed a lawsuit against MLD Entertainment as she finds it unfair to withhold a part of her earnings to cover the cost that was collected before she signed a contract with them. Apart from the unpaid earnings, MLD Entertainment was also ordered to pay 13 million KRW (~ RM45,361) that had not been paid to the “Wonderful Love” hit-maker. That being said, the court did not side with Daisy on her additional damage claim of 10 million KRW (~RM34,894).
Meanwhile, it’s been reported that MLD Entertainment was apparently “discontented” with the court’s ruling in favour of Daisy. As a result, the company has officially filed an appeal against the former member.
A source from MLD Entertainment revealed to the press, “As far as we know, the petition of appeal has already been submitted. It’s currently in process.”