The entertainment industry may seem glamorous on screen but there are many dark stories that goes on behind the scenes. Terrifying stories of how far one would go in making their dreams come true even if it makes them uncomfortable. The K-pop entertainment industry is no different and there’s tons of stories shared by idols as well.
We’ve had idol Coco (코코 ) and former JYP trainee Gina Maeng (맹지나) whom have shared the dark side of K-pop from body shaming, to financial issues to traumatising trainee days. They also mention how smaller companies take advantage of these young trainees especially if they’re rich. Speaking of small companies, one is currently under investigation for possible sexual advances. Here’s the scoop:
A CEO of a South-Korean entertainment company is currently being investigated for inappropriate behaviour. According to several media reports, the Incheon police department is investigating this case after a complaint was filed back in June earlier this year. According to the complaint, the CEO apparently asked the female trainees to send in photos of themselves in their underwear for monthly evaluations.
The complaint stated that this has been going on for 3 months since April where the CEO in question asked both international and Korean trainees to pose in their underwear for body checks. The CEO claimed that this is a necessary method to reduce the time for them to debut. Police raided the CEO’s office and are currently checking his laptop, phone and other devices for anything suspicious.
According to reports, the CEO claimed that the trainees consented to these disturbing photos and that he has no sexual intentions towards them. While the company was not named in these reports, netizens on Twitter speculated that the company in question is LPA Entertainment.
Other than forcing the trainees to send photos in their underwear, it is currently unknown what the company or the CEO in particular has done in the past to previous trainees. So far, there has been no further updates from authorities and no idols or trainees under the agency has come forward.