SM suit filed in Beijing court
SM Entertainment, the home agency to the all-male act Exo, announced Friday that its lawsuit against Exo’s former Chinese member Kris along with several advertisement sponsors that hired the celebrity to star as a model has been accepted by the court in Beijing.
The entertainment firm charged that the singer, who left the group earlier in the year, illegally worked on various activities in China using the popularity he earned from performing as a part of Exo.
SM Entertainment, which has signed an exclusive contract with Kris, is claiming that the TV personality’s independent acts in China are illegal.
Another Chinese ex-Exo member Luhan and his sponsors have also been embroiled in the lawsuit filed by SM in February for the same reason.
The talent agency claimed that “Kris absconded from SM last May and has been illegally taking part in various projects [in China], which is morally unacceptable.”
“Kris has not only violated the contract but has also caused us huge economic damage.”
Kris and Luhan sued SM last May and November, respectively, demanding that their exclusive contracts with the agency be terminated.
By Jin Min-ji