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[Zenith News=Byeon Jinhee] The legal battle between Ju Won-tak and 2able Company continues.
Recently, Ju Won-tak sent a certification of contents, cancelling the exclusive contract with his agency, 2able Company. In an earlier exclusive interview with Zenith News, Ju Won-tak said, "Unlike the content of the contract, there were too many parts that were not implemented. It's been more than three years since I signed the contract, and things that were promised have not been kept."
Regarding this, 2able also made an announcement on the 10th. A legal representative from the law firm, Shin-won, countered that under the exclusive contract, the company supported entertainment activities such as holding fan meetings in five cities, producing records, appearing on broadcast and appearing in web dramas.
Zenith News recently held an additional interview with Ju Won-tak at a cafe in Sinsa-dong, Gangnam, Seoul. "I was hoping it wouldn't be news, but it was reported that I had sent out a certification of contents, and I had no choice but to post my position on social media," he said. “Since then, I've heard of 2able's position in an article, which is very different from the point I'm talking about" he added
# The beginning of a conflict, why did you send a certification of contents?
Ju Won-tak abruptly sent a certification of contents to his agency in February, demanding "all the evidence related to Ju Won-tak's entertainment activities" and expressing his position that he could not trust the agency.
In response, Ju Won-tak said, "It's true that I didn't get the contents about my settlement, but what's important is that I haven't received the payment. I'm not asking the company for money. There were a lot of untruthful parts in the statement of accounts that I received after I sent a certification of contents, and that's why I couldn't trust the company."
He went on to say, "I can't go into detail because I can't talk about the contents of the contract to a third party, but there were many parts that weren't implemented in the clause of the contract. Nevertheless, they didn't give me all the data I asked for, and that's why I decided to cancel the contract."
At first, according to Ju Won-tak, he asked 2able for a statement of accounts by words. Subsequent documents did not contain all the necessary information. "I didn't send them a certification of contents to terminate the contract at first. Of course, I expressed my intention to demand the cancellation of the contract if a statement of accounts is not true. I didn't just inform the cancellation of the contract unilaterally, but I think false information was reported."
# Why didn't you get the statement of accounts?
Ju Won-tak said, "At first, I signed up as a member of the team 'underdog,' not as a trainee. I went to the event as an underdog and apparently had income as well. However, much of the income was missing in the statement of accounts, and only a lot of the spending was there. From my point of view, I can't tell if it's definitely minus or not," he said, expressing frustration.
Of course, if one spends more than one's income, the one will have no choice but to be in debt when it comes to money. "When Ju Won-tak was promoting in the group Rainz, he released two OST albums for personal entertainment activities, and after Rainz ended, he also hosted a nationwide busking tour and solo debut album. In addition, the agency provided the living expenses in consideration of Ju Won-tak's personal situation" indicating that there was investment in Ju Won-tak.
However, Ju Won-tak said, "The representative verbally talked about supporting the cost of living and maintaining dignity. Then, I got only two or three times. It's just pocket money, but I thought their situation might not be so good that they cannot keep the promise. It is doubtful why they made the statement that they even supported my living expenses for what they failed to do. Of course, I'm grateful for what they gave me, but it's absurd to talk as if they gave it to me every time."
Furthermore, Ju Won-tak said, "There have been a lot of calls to me that payments weren’t made while
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# Is it true that you went AWOL?
2able’s side said "Ju Won-tak did not return to his entertainment career without being contacted by the agency. The AWOL of Ju Won-tak led to the cancellation of the solo fan meeting scheduled to be held in Japan,” they said, referring to Ju Won-tak`s AWOL.
In response, Ju Won-tak said, "The moment I sent the certification of contents was few months before the schedule, and I said, 'If I don't get the balance accounts or understand it, I can't fulfill the schedule.' I didn't avoid contacting them. It is the representative who did not reply to the text that I sent him."
Regarding Japan's schedule, he said, "I learned about Japan's schedule through notification. I later found out that I had signed a contract," he said, adding "I was mentally and physically exhausted as I began my solo career right after Rainz promotions. The agency asked me to have a fan meeting overseas, so I said, ‘I want to take a break.’ They left it neglected despite having time to adjust the schedule, and announced that the fan meeting had been cancelled due to the circumstances of the artist. I think that's not only an artist's fault.”
# What about libel?
The two sides' conflicting claims were made public through media and social networking sites. "We express our deep regret over the libel action caused by the spread of false information," 2able said, hinting at legal action.
Ju Won-tak also said, "I think I've also been defamed. I don't want to play media anymore. If they continue to mention anything unrelated to the subject, I will take a hard-line approach to defamation. There is no result yet, and I hope it will be resolved smoothly. I want to settle it legally, and only talk about it only with the result."
Finally, "I don't know how, but I still want to meet my fans as soon as possible. There must be some people who have been hurt by this, and I really want to apologize," he told fans.
# The additional statement by 2able’s CEO
After the interview with Ju Won-tak, Zenith News contacted 2able's representative. “There were many difficulties because it was a small and medium-sized agency," the CEO said over the phone. "The girl group didn't do well, and it's been harder since THAAD broke out. Still, I made Ju Won-tak make his debut as Rainz to do something about his appearance in 'Produce 101.' For my part, I did my best because I wanted to do well. I made him sing an OST, and I tried to get him to do a web drama anyway."
Regarding the settlement, he said, "One day, Ju Won-tak suddenly sent me a certification of contents. He said the agency didn't calculate the payment, didn't care for him, set the Japanese schedule at their disposal, and he was under mental stress," and he added "He said he didn't get the payment, but he knows if it was profitable or not. It's negative. But I gave him pocket money and I paid for his living expenses."
How will the dispute be resolved between the two? When asked, "What will you do when Ju Won-tak wants to terminate his exclusive contract?" the representative said, "First of all, both sides are already hurt. I hope we can tell each other's opinions and resolve them peacefully. I want him to agree on the details of the company's proposal and recognize the parts to be admitted. The section on the dismissal will be revealed later through the law firm."
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