Big Hit Entertainment released official statement in regards to blackmails!
Michelle Kim , Sept. 6, 2017, 10:38 a.m.
BTS’s house Big Hit Entertainment released an official statement in regards to the blackmail made to the agency and its artists. On September 6, CEO Lee of a marketing and contracting firm was sentenced to one year in prison by Seoul Central District Court. CEO Lee was charged with blackmailing Big Hit Entertainment. He was threatening to reveal information about the agency’s alleged illegal marketing practices.
CEO Lee sent Big Hit Entertainment an e-mail stating, "I've hacked and obtained documents regarding the illegal marketing you've done for your artists. If you don't send 330 million Won (~$291,000 USD), I'll release the documents to media and distribute it through messaging." Although it was reported that Big Hit Entertainment paid off CEO Lee, the agency in fact did not give money to the CEO.
The label stated, "The money transferred to Lee was the result of a personal attempt by a Big Hit employee who was initially threatened to protect our artists' images. The agency itself never gave money to the blackmailer."
The official statement stated, "Lee was tasked with advertising and handling marketing for albums two years ago, and it ended as a one-time project. Afterwards, Lee claimed that he found inappropriate marketing documents and made threats of blackmail against us."
They also added, "After becoming aware of the situation, Big Hit immediately reported Lee to the police, and after he was detained, he was sentenced to one year in prison for charges of threats, blackmail, and fraud. Big Hit and the agency artists are victims of blackmail threats. Big Hit is a transparent company that has legitimate dealings with external companies. All contracts and sourcing are managed according to accounting standards."
Big Hit Entertainment apologized to the BTS members and their fans ARMY for the issue. They stated, "We'll do everything we can to carefully manage our business partners and contractors to prevent this from happening again."