New reports have surfaced of other forms of abuse OMEGA X had suffered at the hands of SPIRE Entertainment officials.
An exclusive report from the South Korean media company SBSreleased today (November 11), claimed former CEO Kang Seong-hee has engaged in power grabs and she has forced members to push through their achievements even when they are physically unwell.
In the report, members of OMEGA X claimed that the CEO would call members outside of the group’s practice schedule for an hour or two before the group left for their overseas concerts.
“CEO Kang Seong-hee called me at dawn and spoke to me for an hour or two even though it wasn’t time for our practice yet,” OMEGA X members said of the incident Koreaboo. “She kept sending KakaoTalk messages and when we didn’t respond, she got very angry. This made the members’ panic disorder symptoms worse.”
A series of screenshots of messages allegedly initiated by Kang showed the former CEO threatening to impose fines on group manager and member Jehyun, also urging them to “get off the plane” that the group was taking to theirs Show would transport abroad.
According to the members, the messages were sent after the group’s manager avoided responding to messages from Kang on Jehyun’s behalf.
The report also claimed that SPIRE Entertainment officials forced the group to perform at their show in Chile even after four members’ self-test kits showed they tested positive for COVID-19. According to screenshots of a conversation allegedly initiated by Kang and Chairman Hwang Seong-woo, the group was allegedly asked to “get [themselves] together” for performance and hide their positive test results.
Although SPIRE Entertainment reportedly released a statement explaining that members Jehyun, Kevin, Hyuk and Yechan would not be attending the group’s Santiago show, the agency did not disclose their COVID-19 status, claiming that the members would sit out due to the show due to “health concerns”.
A representative of the management agency said SBS reporters that they have since apologized to OMEGA X members and that the officer responsible for the abuse has already left the company. In particular, the representative did not address the allegations related to the COVID-19 incident.
Nevertheless, the SBS The report notes that management agency officials had reportedly required each member of the SPIRE Entertainment group to pay a “settlement fee” which ranged from £300m to £400m (approximately £193,270 to £257,693).
This SBS The report was also accompanied by video detailing the abuse OMEGA X suffered under SPIRE Entertainment’s leadership, as well as footage showing Kang swearing at members of the group. Both the video and the report have since been shared on the independent OMEGA X Instagram account.
The report follows SPIRE Entertainment, which addresses alleged abuse. In its statement, the management agency apologized to the boy band, their families and fans for “not responding well and disappointing many fans with insufficient response to the situation” and promised to provide a better environment for their artists.
In the same statement, SPIRE also announced the resignation of the “CEO responsible for this matter.” The statement was likely referring to Kang, although the company did not name the CEO.
Earlier, OMEGA X members issued a statement on the controversy via an independent Instagram account. In their statement, the boy band spoke of having to endure “unfair treatment” at the hands of their agency.
The members, who had previously remained silent on their official social media names since the allegations surfaced in October, added that they were “under pressure” from SPIRE Entertainment, which prevented them from speaking freely on social media .