The company Attrakt, which represents the group Fifty Fifty, has raised allegations of external forces attempting to seize members, and they have pointed to The Givers as the party involved. However, The Givers has fully refuted the allegations and promised a strong counter-response.
Through their legal representative, the law firm Hwau, The Givers stated on the 29th of June that they had no involvement in the mentioned external forces or any acts of seizure. They emphasized that they have no connection whatsoever to the allegations made by Attrakt.
The Givers explained that they started working on the project in June 2021 after receiving a request for business services from Attrakt’s CEO, Jeon Hong Joon. They successfully contributed to the debut and exceptional achievements of the girl group Fifty Fifty. As of May 31, 2023, they handed over all planning, production, and operational tasks related to the project to Attrakt and concluded their involvement. Currently, they are only responsible for global promotion and overseas publicity in accordance with Attrakt’s request.
Regarding Attrakt’s CEO Jeon Hong Joon filing a police report against The Givers’s CEO Ahn Sung Il and others on the 27th, The Givers countered by stating that Attrakt had spread false information, thereby damaging their company’s reputation and obstructing their work.
The Givers stated, “Since Attrakt’s establishment until now, we have diligently carried out our duties according to the outsourcing service contract. Even on the day when Attrakt received a contract termination notice from the members of Fifty Fifty, we held a meeting at the request of CEO Jeon Hong Joon, where our CEO Ahn Sung Il and legal representatives from both parties were present, demonstrating our efforts in bridging the gap between Attrakt and the members of Fifty Fifty.”
The Givers also addressed Attrakt’s previous claim that they secretly purchased the song “Cupid” from an overseas composer without providing information about the copyright purchase. The Givers refuted this claim, stating that they had legally obtained all the necessary copyrights and, in particular, the song “Cupid” was a track they had owned since before the project with Fifty Fifty. They further clarified that the song was later worked on and became a song for Fifty Fifty.
The Givers emphasized that the allegations stated by Attrakt through the media are entirely different from the truth.
The Givers stated, “While maintaining a neutral stance and refraining from expressing any position between Attrakt and the members of Fifty Fifty, we have been subjected to false accusations and continuous dissemination of false information through baseless police reports and the media. In response, we will take strong legal action against these actions.”
Through the past week, Attrakt claimed that external forces had approached Fifty Fifty on the 23rd and the CEO even conducted an interview and said he will reveal the names soon and fight to keep the members. Later on the 26th, the agency accused Warner Music Korea and sent them a statement of proof, they also demanded an explanation. In a statement to the press, Warner Music Korea denies the accusations and expressed regret such rumors have been spreading around.
In a weird turn of events, the group’s fan café had also suddenly shut down on June 27 and the agency further blamed the said external forces of shutting it down. They have since retrieved the fan café. Later, through another statement to the press, The CEO of the agency announced he’s filed a lawsuit against producer and the CEO of The Givers, An Sung-il, and three more after accusing them of being the said external force attempting to poach the members. On June 28, it was revealed that Fifty Fifty has filed to suspend their contracts with them as of June 19.