Kang Daniel’s Response
Just a few hours later, Daniel and his team of representatives responded to LM Entertainment’s statement.
Kang Daniel’s side refuted LM Entertainment’s claims that deny the agency’s act of breaching contract terms by selling the exclusive contract to a third party.
The full statement from Kang Daniel’s legal representative, Yulchon LLC, can be seen below.
“Hello, this is lawyer Yeom Yong-pyo from the law firm Yulchon, who is carrying out legal affairs for singer Kang Daniel. First, Kang Daniel has repeatedly wished to deliver his apology to fans who cherish him and the Korean public for the ongoing legal battle [with his agency]. In order to help the understanding of people who are interested in the case, Yulchon will tell the truth on behalf of Kang Daniel, with a focus on the application we filed to the court requesting for the suspension of [the singer’s] exclusive contract [with LM Entertainment]. The key point of submitting the application to the court for an injunction [against LM Entertainment] for the suspension of [Kang Daniel’s] exclusive contract is whether or not [the agency] sold various rights written in the exclusive contract with Kang Daniel to a third party without Kang Daniel’s consent. Kang Daniel signed an exclusive contract with LM Entertainment on February 2nd, 2018, a year before the contract went into effect on February 2nd, 2019. However, on January 28th, 2019, which is before the exclusive contract went into effect, LM Entertainment signed a joint business contract that sells [Kang Daniel’s exclusive contract rights], including the content creation and management rights of Kang Daniel, to a third party. The context [of the joint business contract] mainly revolves around the point that ‘during the five years of the exclusive contract, the core rights of the exclusive contract, including the rights to produce and distribute musical content, concert, and international business rights, and negotiation rights regarding [Kang Daniel’s] activities in the entertainment industry, will be exclusively given to a third party.’ We were also able to confirm that in exchange [for selling the rights], LM Entertainment received a down payment from the third party that is triple the amount the agency paid Kang Daniel for signing the exclusive contract. However, Kang Daniel did not receive any explanation in advance regarding the signing and the context of the joint business contract nor did he give his consent. Kang Daniel later found out that LM Entertainment, whom he trusted, signed a joint business contract with a third party without his consent, and the legal battle began when the singer requested the agency to make corrections regarding this. In order to smoothly solve the conflicts, Kang Daniel made numerous requests to LM Entertainment for corrections of the illegal and unfair events that are stated above, but he failed to hear back a positive response and decided to appeal for the court’s decision. Yulchon is expecting the truth of this case to be revealed clearly by investigating the contract suspension, and Kang Daniel is currently expressing his desire for reasonable results to come out so that he can return to the arms of fans as quickly as possible.”
With the back and forth accusations from Kang Daniel’s side and LM Entertainment, fans are reluctant to take sides and are confused by the seemingly contradicting statements. Even so, most fans are still genuinely concerned and show their unwavering support for their favorite artist.
[+10,043, -1,663] “Ever since his days with MMO, Kang Daniel never received any training from them and was basically neglected for two years before he was put in Produce 101 right when he was going to quit being a trainee. Then the nation picked him and helped him debut, and MMO has been riding on his coattails ever since. The company is now MM LM, which Kang Daniel is trying to get rid of. Please just let him go. You haven’t done anything for him since Wanna One disbanded in the last two months. You haven’t done a thing for him since his trainee days till now, don’t use him for your media play.”
[+1,177, -118] “I knew this would happen when Wanna One disbanded and they neglected him for a month after he was at his most hyped status. Didn’t even open a lousy fan cafe for him. If they’re not willing to support him, please don’t let him rot and just let him go.”
[+960, -94] “No news of a fan cafe so long after fans were recruited, no fan cafe management… other members are having comebacks and pouring out different content and yet no news from Kang Daniel… ㅋㅋ They really left him on the backburner.”
[+90, -12] “If they can’t handle or support his career, let him go!!! Everyone else has been putting out albums and doing solo work since Wanna One disbanded but Kang Daniel hasn’t even gotten a fan club yet… Give us back Kang Daniel!!!”
[+85, -3] “What has his agency done for him since Wanna One disbanded? Let him go!”
Whatever happens between Kang Daniel and LM Entertainment, we hope it can be resolved well as quickly as possible. What do you think about this matter? Show your support and share your thoughts and opinions in the comment section below!