[Maeil Business Newspaper Park Se-yeon]

Lai Kuanlin from Wanna one has entered a dispute with his agency, Cube Entertainment, seeking an injunction to suspend his exclusive contract. “There is no reason to cancel a contract with Lai Kuanlin,” the Cube said, but the mood is serious.

On 18th, Lai Kuanlin notified Cube of the cancellation of the exclusive contract. The reason is that Lai Kuanlin judge he could no longer trust the company because of the various acts that Cube Entertainment did.

In response to that, Cube said: “There is no contractual reason for termination between us and Lai Kuanlin.” “If there are any groundless complaints, we will actively respond to them through legal procedures,” they added.

And Chaeum, a law firm that in charge of singer Lai Kuanlin’s legal affairs argued that Lai Kuanlin lost faith in Cube saying “we submitted an application form for an injunction to the local court seeking the suspension of the exclusive contract”

“Cube Entertainment signed an exclusive contract with Lai Kuanlin on 25th May 2017. Within a few months, Cube Entertainment transferred his exclusive management rights to a third party, Tajoy Entertainment, and received dozens of times more than the money Cube Entertainment paid to Lai Kuanlin. And he and his parents have not heard any explanation from Cube Entertainment, nor have they agreed to it at all.” They added.

Also, Lai Kuanlin argued, “Cube claimed that there was a document with a seal of Lai Kuanlin and his father.”

The Cube’s position was different. They said, “There is no contractual reason for termination between us and Lai Kuanlin.” “In the course of Lai Kuanlin’s management, we explained all schedules and contracts and proceeded after we got the Lai Kuanlin’s agreement.” They added.

In response to that statement, Cube said: “We got the agreement about the contract with Korean Agents to Select the Management Companies in China, which is essential for Lai Kuanlin‘s entry into China, and have been working with a Chinese company in charge of Lai Kuanlin‘s management in China.”

“We have provided support through our know-how, networks and dedicated support personnel, ranging from Lai Kuanlin‘s trainee days to <Produce 101> and <Wanner One> activities, and recent drama and entertainment programs in China through our agency.”

“However, when Lai Kuanlin was so successful in China, there are those who want to encourage Lai Kuanlin and his family to exclude us from our agency in Korea and make a direct contract with Lai Kuanlin to monopolize the fruits of Lai Kuanlin‘s success” They argued.

As the Cube has asked Lai Kuanlin and his parents for talks to resolve the dispute, attention is being paid. “I’d like to know why,” Lai Kuanlin said on his SNS account on 22nd afternoon before the release of the official statement of the Cube. “Don’t worry too much. Everything’s going to be alright”

Coincidentally, the aspect of the Lai Kuanlin contract dispute draws attention as it is similar to the image of Kang Daniel from Wanna One who has been in dispute with LM Entertainment since March. While Kang Daniels and Lai Kuanlin have started disputes over exclusive contracts, industries are also paying keen attention to the results.

<Next is the official position of Lai Kuanlin>

Hello. 

I’m Park Sung-woo, a lawyer for Chaeum, a law firm that in charge of singer Lai Kuanlin’s legal affairs. 

First of all, Lai Kuanlin apologized to fans and people in the broadcasting and entertainment industry for causing concern over the media coverage of Cube Entertainment’s one-sided claims on 20th July.

Rather than opening the conflict with Cube Entertainment to the public first, Lai Kuanlin tried to settle it as smoothly as possible through consultations between each other. However, Cube Entertainment effectively declined the agreement and distributed the press release to the effect that there was no breach of contract, and some of the articles contained the wrong information that Lai Kuanlin is currently acting independently, so this statement was issued to correct the wrong facts and to clarify the facts of the case.

Lai Kuanlin notified Cube Entertainment of the termination of the exclusive contract through a legal representative on 18th July 2019 and submitted an application form for an injunction to the local court this morning seeking the suspension of the exclusive contract. The reason is that Lai Kuanlin judge he could no longer trust the company because of the various acts that Cube Entertainment did.

Cube Entertainment signed an exclusive contract with Lai Kuanlin on 25th May 2017. Within a few months, Cube Entertainment transferred his exclusive management rights to a third party, Tajoy Entertainment, and received dozens of times more than the money Cube Entertainment paid to Lai Kuanlin. And he and his parents have not heard any explanation from Cube Entertainment, nor have they agreed to it at all.

It wasn’t until around April 2019 that Lai Kuanlin learned about it after finishing his group Wanna One activity and starting his China schedule on January 2019. On 23th March 2019, there was something unsavory happened about the overlapping schedule of drama shooting in China while Cube was making Lai Kuanlin attend an agency’s performance in Japan called “U&Cube Festival” So Lai Kuanlin didn’t participate in a program that was seriously discussing his appearance on Honam TV in China, and was informed that it had a bad effect on his relationship with Honam TV. As he was briefed by his local manager about the details, he found out that there was a contract he didn’t know about.

Shocked at the fact that the company he trusted transferred his rights without his consent, he sent the contents certificate in the letter on 21st June and through a legal representative, myself, and requested a correction by pointing out Cube Entertainment’s breach of contract. However, Cube Entertainment only argued that there was no breach of contract, saying that there was a document with a seal of Lai Kuanlin and his father. In addition, Cube Entertainment argued that Lai Kuanlin did not fulfill any of the corrective actions requested by Cube Entertainment, and ignored the request for consultation without making any comments.

However, because Lai Kuanlin and his father didn’t see the seal and authorize Cube Entertainment to seal the stamp. And there was a more serious breach of trust in addition to the unconsented transfer of authority.

It was inevitable to announce the cancellation of the contract. Cube Entertainment did not directly explain, but revealed only part of the facts through the media, and dismissed them as “groundless” and tarnished the image of Lai Kuanlin. Like that, trust relationships between the parties were damaged seriously, and Cube Entertainment virtually refused to solve the problem, so Lai Kuanlin took legal action.

I believe that the relevant facts that he has not been aware of will be clarified in the proceedings and that our courts will make reasonable and fair judgments accordingly. In addition, before the court’s judgment, Lai Kuanlin will strive to carry out the prearranged schedule as normal as possible in order to keep the promise and sincerity of all fans, entertainment officials and program producers. We will try to solve this case through due process and show you what our fans expect from Lai Kuanlin.

Thank you

<Following is the full text of Cube Entertainment’s official statement>


Hello, It’s Cube Entertainment. 

First of all, we asked a law firm that in charge of Lai Kuanlin‘s legal representative for a proxy, but we have not received any reply. Nevertheless, we would like to inform you of the facts below, as there is a discrepancy in yesterday’s statement distributed by the Lai Kuanlin‘s legal firm.

There is no contractual reason for termination between us and Lai Kuanlin. In the course of Lai Kuanlin’s management, we explained all schedules and contracts and proceeded after we got the Lai Kuanlin’s agreement. We got the agreement about the contract with Korean Agents to Select the Management Companies in China, which is essential for Lai Kuanlin‘s entry into China, and have been working with a Chinese company in charge of Lai Kuanlin‘s management in China.

We have provided support through our know-how, networks, and dedicated support personnel, ranging from Lai Kuanlin‘s trainee days to <Produce 101> and <Wanner One> activities, and recent drama and entertainment programs in China through our agency.

However, when Lai Kuanlin was so successful in China, there are those who want to encourage Lai Kuanlin and his family to exclude us from our agency in Korea and make a direct contract with Lai Kuanlin to monopolize the fruits of Lai Kuanlin‘s success.

Lai Kuanlin is still a 17-year-old. Cube Entertainment has asked for a meeting with himself and his parents with concern about the future of their entertainer, Lai Kuanlin, and we hope that this matter will be resolved smoothly through candid talks between the parties.

We are sorry for causing concern to you guys, but we’ll be back with a better look.

psyon@mk.co.kr

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