The label says it takes legal action against online posts that “damage the character or reputation of their artists”.
MANILA, Philippines – YG Entertainment announced on Monday, October 3 that it is now taking action to sue those responsible for distributing BLACKPINK member Jennie’s personal images.
“We have officially requested the police to investigate who first released BLACKPINK Jennie’s personal photos,” the agency said, according to a report by Korea JoongAng Daily.
The label shared that they were constantly monitoring the matter and gathering information before filing a lawsuit in September, and initially refrained from making an official statement about the situation in order to “minimize any further damage”.
“However, there have been indiscriminate rumors, criticism, personal attacks, sexual harassment and violations of personal life triggered by these private photographs. We are now announcing that we will take legal action and rectify the situation,” said YG Entertainment.
The agency further stressed that it takes legal action against online posts that “damage [their] the character or reputation of artists,” adding that they have already sued those who posted malicious messages and repeatedly uploaded unconfirmed claims.
“We will also take all possible legal action against any further damage caused without any leniency. Photos [of Jennie] distributed online were made public illegally, without Jennie’s consent. Sharing these images is an act of secondary victimization and may be subject to legal penalties,” they concluded in their statement.
The agency didn’t specify which photos they refer to, but Jennie has been embroiled in dating rumors with member BTS V for the past few months. In May, photos of the two K-pop idols who allegedly vacationed on Jeju Island circulated online, with other alleged photos showing the two continuing to spread in the following months.
YG Entertainment initially responded to the dating rumors, saying they had “nothing to say” about it. – Rappler.com