Jung Hong-joon, the CEO of the girl group FIFITYFIFTY‘s agency, Attrakt, expressed his feelings about the rejection of the application for an injunction on the exclusive contract.
In a phone interview with the Munhwa Ilbo on the day of the court’s decision, he stated, “It has been really painful day by day for the past two months. Seeing that the court rejected the application, I think, ‘They have at least acknowledged the unfairness.'”
On that day, the Seoul Central District Court’s 50th Civil Division rejected the application for an injunction on the exclusive contract filed by FIFTYFIFTY against their agency. The court stated, “There is no reason for this case, so all claims are rejected,” regarding the three allegations made by FIFTYFIFTY, including “non-compliance with settlement obligations,” “neglect of health protection obligations,” and “insufficient support.” As a result, FIFTYFIFTY will also have to bear the litigation costs.
Although the court reviewed the evidence presented by both parties, it was difficult to determine that the trust relationship between them had completely broken down. Jung stated, “I am truly grateful to the many fans who have supported me and the company. If I succeed, I feel like I should support those who have been unfairly treated even a little bit, like a grain of sand. I will not turn away from them in the future.”
However, Jung expressed his intention to continue with legal action against The Givers, which he identified as the force trying to seize the members. He stated, “Above all, I hope the members will return. I want this case to serve as a good precedent that alarms the forces that spread negative rumors and try to seize the group, especially those that hinder the development of the Hallyu wave.”
Meanwhile, FIFTYFIFTY’s legal representative stated on the day of the rejection, “After receiving the written judgment, we will consult with the members to decide whether to appeal. We will reach a conclusion within 2-3 days.”