As rumors saying that the certain celebrities are associated with Shincheonji (a religious cult at the center of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) contagion in Daegu, Korea) have quickly spread online, several management agencies are taking tough stances against the rumors to protect their own artists on March 4.
Namoo Actors, the prominent agency for various actors, issued a statement that it received some reports connecting some of its artists to the religious organization. “We’ve found out all those rumors are false and we’re taking legal actions against those who create and spread the malicious and indiscreet posts to defend our artists’ honors. There are no settlement or favorable arrangement for the scaremongers,” said the company.
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안녕하세요. 키이스트 입니다. ⠀ 최근 온라인 커뮤니티, SNS, 모바일 메신저 등을 통해 당사 소속 아티스트를 특정 종교와 연관 짓는 등 허위사실이 유포되고 있는 것을 확인했습니다. ⠀ 키이스트는 사실과 무관한 루머 생성 및 유포, 확대 재생산 등 명예 훼손에 해당하는 게시물에 대해 모든 법적인 절차를 따져서 강경 대응할 방침입니다. ⠀ 또한 이후 발생하는 소속 아티스트의 명예와 인격을 훼손하는 모든 행위에 대해서도 민, 형사상 조치를 취할 것임을 알려드립니다. ⠀ 당사는 추가적인 피해가 발생하지 않도록 지속적인 모니터링을 진행하고 있으며, 소속 아티스트 권익 보호에 모든 노력을 기울일 것입니다. ⠀ 감사합니다.
Other two big agencies for actors and K-Pop groups, KeyEast and FNC Entertainment, also reacted to the rumors in the same way. “We have been constantly monitoring online to prevent further damages and fully trying to protect rights and interests of our artists,” They said through their own official statements as same as that of Namoo Actors.
On the same day, many actors and singers such as Lee Dong Wook, Ivy, Nam Gyu Ri and Tei denied the rumors that they were believers in Shincheonji through their agencies or personal SNS channels. The rumors surrounding them have been widespread around the online communities and SNSs since March 3.