K-pop Idols Fight For Their Freedom



By Uzair

June 14, 2023

K-pop industry has witnessed a lot legal battles and controversies involving idols and their agencies. These lawsuits often arise due to issues such as unfair contract terms.

Here are notable lawsuits filed against K-pop idols and their agencies, revealing the industry's dynamics and the challenges faced by artists in their careers.

Kris, Luhan, and Tao 

In 2014, three Chinese members of the K-pop group EXO, filed lawsuits against their agency, SM Entertainment, to terminate their exclusive contracts due to unfair contract terms.

Jang Keun-suk

In 2016, singer Jang Keun-suk filed a lawsuit against his agency, KeyEast Entertainment, to terminate his contract. Jang claimed that KeyEast has mismanaged his finances.


In 2017, the K-pop girl group filed a lawsuit against their agency, MBK Entertainment, to terminate their contracts. They claimed that MBK had failed to pay them their salaries.


In 2023, the K-pop girl group filed lawsuits against their agency, Blockberry Creative, to cancel their contracts. They claimed that their finances has been mismanaged .


In 2023, LOONA member Chuu filed a lawsuit against her agency, Blockberry Creative. Chuu claimed that Blockberry Creative had failed to protect her from malicious comments.

The lawsuits discussed in this story represent just a glimpse into the numerous legal disputes that have unfolded within the K-pop industry.


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