South Korea Traditional Singer Pay Ex-Agency W300 Million

Irene Kim, Aug. 22, 2017, 9:34 a.m.

The Seoul High Court on Monday ruled that young traditional singing sensation Song So-hee must pay her former agency Deokin Media W300 million for terminating her contract (US$1=W1,140).

The elfin performer signed with Deokin Media in July 2013, when she was a teenager, but began to question the deal when the company assigned her a representative who had been accused of sexually assaulting another artist.

Song's father demanded that the representative, who happened to be the owner's brother, be replaced. But the agency refused and assigned the brother as Song's personal driver. He was sentenced to three years in prison in 2015.

In 2014, Song's father set up his own talent management agency and unilaterally terminated her contract with Deokin, but the owner sued demanding W600 million in compensation.

The court ruled that Song is not accountable for cancelling the contract since Deokin damaged trust with the artist, but ordered her to repay costs the company spent on her and a portion of profits made during the contractual period.

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