SM Entertainment announces lawsuit against TVXQ trio
Today on the 13th of April, SM Entertainment made an official announcement regarding their stance on the TVXQ JaeChunSu situation they have been tangled with for the past several months. The tables have now turned – SM Entertainment has revealed that they have filed a lawsuit against the TVXQ trio.
Here is a direct translation of the excerpt from the posted announcement.
SM엔터테인먼트는 동방신기 3인 관련 가처분 결정 이후, 지속적으로 동방신기의 존속을 위해 노력하면서 가처분 이의신청 및 본안 소송을 잠정 보류해 왔습니다.
그러나 3인 측은 당사의 동방신기 활동 요청에 대한 공식적인 입장을 표명하지 않고 있고 일본에서도 동방신기로서의 활동중단이 발표됨에 따라, SM엔터테인먼트는 지난 12일 가처분 결정에 대한 이의신청 및 전속계약 존재확인 등에 관한 본안 소송을 제기하였음을 알려 드립니다.
Hello, this is SM Entertainment.
After receiving a confirmation that the TVXQ trio will be filing an injunction, we SM Entertainment had continuously put our best efforts to keep the group in existence; thus we have delayed this lawsuit on our objection toward the trio.
However, the three are not giving us answers to our request of continuation on such activities, and instead declared to stop all of their activities in Japan. Therefore, we are here to notify that we have filed in a lawsuit on the 12th against the trio, to state our objection toward their provisional disposition of the contract terms and also to verify the contract’s remaining validity.
During a phone call with Newsen on the 13th, Lim Sang Hyuk, the official attorney for JaeChunSu’s side, revealed, “We’ve learned about the lawsuit through the internet, but we haven’t gone through the details yet. We will respond to their action accordingly.”
Until this day, SME has been rather subtle on their take on the lawsuit by Jaejoong, Junsu, and Yoochun. Just recently, the five-member group halted their Japanese activities altogether after the release of their Japanese single Toki o Tomete. Since then, many media source have declared that TVXQ is technically over, as they’ve seemingly split for good.
Of course, the real fate of the trio (and TVXQ in general) still isn’t certain. But with all these negative answers emerging at the moment, things aren’t looking positive.