Tensions have erupted into public view as FIFTY FIFTY lodged a court injunction seeking the suspension of their exclusive contract with ATTRAKT.
The members of FIFTY FIFTY (Aran, Sio, Saena, Keena), represented by attorney Yoo Young Seok from Barun Law Firm, released a statement on the 28th, stating, “I filed an injunction at the Seoul Central District Court on June 19th to suspend the effect of their exclusive contract.” He added, “The lawsuit is ongoing. This action is in response to ATTRAKT’s breach of contract and the ensuing breakdown of trust.”
The members alleged that the agency has not transparently accounted for their activity earnings and forced some members to continue their activities despite facing health issues.
Attorney Yoo repeatedly stressed, “This is a decision that the members have made autonomously and unanimously without any external intervention.” His statement is seen as a rebuttal to ATTRAKT’s previous claims of having found signs of an outsourcing company inducing members to breach their exclusive contracts and enter into new ones with them.
Through their lawyer, the girls conveyed, “We pledged to become artists who would exert a positive influence when we first began our training. We never condoned or turned a blind eye to any wrongdoing. We promise to continue our activities autonomously and diligently.”
Meanwhile, ATTRAKT has labeled the dispute as an attempt by “external forces” to steal their artists and pointed fingers at producer Ahn Seong Gil. Ahn supervised FIFTY FIFTY’s debut project and produced the hit song “CUPID.”
The agency announced that they had filed a lawsuit against three producers, including Ahn, on charges of obstruction of business, destruction of electronic records, fraud, and breach of trust. The company claims that Ahn deleted FIFTY FIFTY-related materials and secretly acquired the copyright of “CUPID.” An official from ATTRAKT stated, “There are also suspicious circumstances that may lead to additional lawsuits.”