SM Entertainment file charges against perpetrators behind malicious comments on arists

By Maria A. / 2016.12.13
Red Velvet in attendance during the 24th Seoul Music Awards.

SM Entertainment is filing charges against netizens that are spreading false rumors about EXO's Chanyeol, Red Velvet's Yeri, NCT's Taeyong and other artists in the agency. The agency is taking a strong stance against malicious commenters by filling multiple lawsuits.

The lawsuits have been filed by the Gangnam Police Department and warrants are being drawn up. The perpetrators behind hateful comments and false reports face charges of libel and defamation, Koreaboo reports.  

This isn't the first time SM Entertainment took legal measures to protect its artists. In 2014, the agency filed charges against a woman who spread rumors about Sulli's hospitalization, claiming the former f(x) member was suffering more than just a stomachache.

The agency clarified that while it is true that Sulli was sent to the hospital the stomachache she was experiencing was stress-related pain. Two months after the charges were filed, Sulli asked SM Entertainment to drop them after the culprit apologized.

Other South Korean entertainment agencies also take aggressive measures against netizens who fabricate false reports or malicious statements against its artists. According to Soompi, JYP Entertainment filed a complaint against 38 netizens in March this year for making malicious rumors online about couple Lee Min Ho and Bae Suzy. In 2014, Suzy also filed a lawsuit against a netizen who left hateful comments on her personal social media page.   

Meanwhile, Red Velvet's Yeri has delighted fans by giving an update on her current condition following her car accident in October. As per allkpop, the singer shared a photo of her on Instagram. In the caption, Yeri said that she's healthy and eating well. She also apologized for making fans worry about her. Additionally, she expressed how much she misses the fans and is looking forward to seeing them again soon.

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