Kang Daniel applies for injunction
According to Yeom Yong-pyo, a lawyer from Yulchon law firm, Kang filed for his exclusive contract with the agency to be suspended on the grounds that the agency went against the terms of the contract without Kang’s consent.
“LM [Entertainment] signed a business contract that transfers all their rights to Kang as stated by the contract to a third party without Kang’s prior consent, which breaches the contract,” said Yeom.
The lawyer explained that since a court’s decision on an injunction is made within a month or two, Kang will be able to immediately start his own activities if he wins the court’s decision.
The “third party” refers to CJ E&M, according to industry insiders. The entertainment conglomerate includes cable channel Mnet - the channel that first introduced Kang through the audition program “Produce 101” in 2017 - and MMO Entertainment, Kang’s agency while he was a part of the project boy band Wanna One.
Kang is said to have sent the necessary paperwork to have the terms of the contract changed on Feb. 1, warning that he will deem his contract terminated if the changes are not made.
Fans were at first divided over whether Kang would come to an agreement with this agency and make his scheduled debut in April or if he would push through and break off on his own.
Thursday’s news, however, comes as the ultimatum, in which a peaceful understanding between him and his agency flew out the window.
“He regrets to inform his fans who love him dearly that the situation has resorted to a legal conflict,” said Yeom. “He hopes that a solution will come quickly.”
By Yoon So-yeon