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May 14, 2014 @ 11:41 pm
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Shocking news has come for the fans of EXO as it has been reported that Kris is asking SM Entertainment to nullify his contract.


SEE ALSO: SM Entertainment denies police were involved at an airport incident with EXO's bodyguard


News broke in Korea that according to a report by a Chinese media outlet, Kris is asking for his contract to be terminated and has filed a lawsuit at the Seoul Central Court.


Specific details aren't mentioned, but the Chinese media outlet reports that the reasons are similar to that of Hangeng and Super Junior's previous situation. It is suspected that there is disagreement between him and SM Entertainment regarding his activities. [Update - According to several reports, Kris's side has cited that the idol is being treated as if he is an object rather than being respected as an artist. They also mention that SM one-sidedly decided on the schedules, not giving thought to Kris' opinion or his health condition. As they believe that SM is restricting Kris from his basic human right to freedom and his choices career wise, the contract should be nullified.]


A few Korean media outlets are said to have contacted the court regarding this but a rep from the court is said to have said that there is no record of a suit being filed against SM Entertainment. In response, the Chinese media outlet has said that the suit has not yet been filed, but that Kris will be heading over to file.


There is so far no official from SM Entertainment regarding this report, so stay tuned for updates.


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[Update 1] - Many fans have been sending in tips saying that SM Entertainment has already denied the report and released a statement, but the original report that contained SM's statement has been changed and no longer includes the statement (you can see it here). The media outlet also changed the article's title so that it no longer reflects their previous content. We do not know the reason for the change, but stay tuned for an official statement to come.


[Update 2] - According to a report by 10Asia, they have spoken with the Seoul Central Court and it has been said that a lawsuit has been filed. "A suit regarding the termination of the contract has been submitted under Kris's Chinese name on the 15th... As it has just been submitted today, it has not been completely processed through the system." The media outlet states that SM is currently not responding.


[Update 3] - Images of Kris's submission to the court has been spreading, and SM Entertainment has finally responded to say, "We are trying to confirm the facts regarding the lawsuit requesting for the termination of Kris' contract. It is a very shocking issue, but we will do our best so that EXO's activities will go on smoothly." It's also being said the same lawyer who represented Hangeng will be representing Kris.



[Update 4] - Lawyer Cho Bum Suk of the law firm Hankyul, who represented Hangeng in his case against SM, will be handling Kris's case. The law firm rep confirmed with media outlets, "It is true Kris has filed a suit today (15th) against SM Entertainment for the nullification of his contract... Lawyer Cho Bum Suk, who represented Hangeng, has picked up this case."


The law firm has also expressed that their intention is to quietly handle this case without revealing specific details to the public.



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ygbaby21
· Posted August 13, 2014 @ 8:38 am

miss your smile :)


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cookiestrd2eatme
· Posted August 4, 2014 @ 5:38 pm

First time I see Kris be assertive and Its a complint to SM. Well, okay I'll go crawl into a small hole and wait for your new movie 'Somewhere Only We Know' to come out subbed (which will be...sigh...forever)

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lee-na
· Posted July 18, 2014 @ 1:17 am

Yi fan´s new song is beautiful. 

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Vanessa03
· Posted July 3, 2014 @ 8:49 am

Pls ... Come Back 

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ericbroadway
· Posted June 25, 2014 @ 9:00 pm

i dont get why he gets to leave?? there are other SM idols who work just as hard as him. he joined SM, got plastic surgery, made music for about 2 years and then decides to leave because its "too hard". hes such a pussy, im glad hes leaving EXO.

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Seii
· Posted June 20, 2014 @ 9:27 pm

If i had a chance to meet kris and share my feelings on the sue against SM entertainment i would tell him that he made the right decision because he should stand up for himself and what is right and that SM should not treat anyone as an object and i will always remember him even thought he left and that i think its right because i want him to be able to enjoy his life, always smile, laugh, be happy, and i don't ever want him to have to force a smile. I wanna be able to protect his smile no matter what and support him in whatever he does. 

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hadoolibap
· Posted June 10, 2014 @ 5:52 am

5 days and this will complete 1 month !!!

OMG  plese oppa comeback we miss you

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ygbaby21
· Posted June 9, 2014 @ 6:38 pm

kris i miss you !!

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leehyunwoolove2023
· Posted June 8, 2014 @ 4:12 am
3 weeks and still no solid answers, but I really would not blame kris at all if he left
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overdosed-on-exo
· Posted June 7, 2014 @ 7:13 am

Honestly, whatever Kris wants to do, let him do it. It's his life, h can do whatever he wants with it. The timing might be terrible, but when I think about it, if he chose that time to release the news, then his reason must have been pretty damn good. The only thing I'm worried about right now is the remaining members, the Chinese members especially.

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exo-blut
· Posted June 3, 2014 @ 4:25 pm

i hope Kris rest in piece

overdosed-on-exo
· Posted June 7, 2014 @ 7:11 am
What? You make it sound like he's dead :P (I know you didn't mean it offensively, but it does sound like he just died, and that's not really... pleasing?)
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hyorris
· Posted June 9, 2014 @ 2:48 pm
LOL if you added an 's' to that piece .. i would die laughter.. hahaha
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ha-na
· Posted June 13, 2014 @ 9:48 pm
@hyorris already dead laughing to this comment. well, same thg running tru my head when i read the piece
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hyorris
· Posted June 14, 2014 @ 5:44 am
@ha-na lol just re-read my own comment and realised how much i freshes out lol i meant 'i would've died of laughter' haha
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hyorris
· Posted June 14, 2014 @ 5:45 am
i did it again *FRESHED >.< lol
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Seii
· Posted June 20, 2014 @ 9:29 pm
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amdauysda
· Posted May 29, 2014 @ 6:27 pm

This shouldn't come as much as a surprise, Kris had reportedly "left" EXO in Canada many times before... so in a way I don't really blame the members for being angry. It might not be true, but if it really did happen as people say, Kris has back-stabbed them many times before. And also, his timing to do this was quite bad.. Either way I respect Kris's decision for freedom, and I hope the fans can stop reminding the members that Kris is gone.

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xonassomxo
· Posted May 28, 2014 @ 2:15 pm

Nullify not terminate. then why the fuck are you people making a big deal ugh.

amdauysda
· Posted May 29, 2014 @ 6:29 pm
It says both in this article, the title says nullify but in the article it does say terminate.
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yosha15
· Posted May 28, 2014 @ 2:09 pm

OMG, this is such a relive really you don't understand how relived I'm right know. Lucky that nothing is confirmed yet.. Doesn't matter... let everything stay as mysterious till I finish my school year so, I wouldn't get depressed and I would do well in my exams. But, still I'm a little bit worried about Kris's health. Oppa stay strong and healthy I'll support you with everything I have ... ~I love you so much oppa anyoung~

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exopetalelf
· Posted May 28, 2014 @ 8:33 am

i hate this whole ordeal >.<

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alftnsba
· Posted May 26, 2014 @ 8:00 am

At this point I just want the lawsuit to end.

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x3REBECCA
· Posted May 21, 2014 @ 7:33 pm

You either value responsibility or you value freedom of choice

If you value responsibility in this situation, you would believe that Kris should stay in EXO. He should fulfil his obligation as leader of EXO-M, display commitment and hold accountable to the members of EXO, and obide by the contract that he has signed with SM Ent.

If you value freedom of choice in this situation, you would believe that Kris has the right to leave EXO. He should have the ability to make his own decisions, right to voice his opinions freely without constraint, and nullify his contract with SM Ent at his own discretion.

In this case, Kris chose freedom of choice. Obviously, there are fans that agree and disagree as their personal values are different.

Therefore, a fan is not 'worse' than another for agreeing or disagreeing, a kpop idol is not 'worse' than another for leaving or staying, it is simply a matter of what your core personal values are and what dominates under these circumstances.

Disclaimer: This is my 2 cents to the situation and the response from fans. It is true that you might have other reasons, but this is what I personally see.

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erin-hime07
· Posted May 20, 2014 @ 3:31 pm

I want to voice out my opinion also.From my point of view. Kris didn't brought it to his team mates not because he is selfish, irresponsible or whatsoever you negatively called it. Kris is a man and man in general, tend to keep everything on himself. A friend of mine explained it before to me. that's what the way they are, they don't want to talk to others when in comes to serious matters even to their best-friends. for him, he'll think that he would just be a bother to them. unlike on girls that if were having a problem right away we seek for someone who could give us advice or someone to talk to. but them, they just wanted to keep it to themselves and try to figure out solution alone. plus another factor is that kris is also the leader of exo-m and he is one of the hyungs in their group right? so basically he would think that he would be responsible for them no matter what. He would not just stand up against someone as powerful as SMent. if he doesn't have a heavy reason enough to put his reputation in line.  for some of us already criticizing his move and the effect of it. We don't even know the real deal or what is the cause to make him move like this. You say because he  just want to be an actor. blah blah. honestly, are you really sure that it is a 100% real? you already judging him and making hurtful comments against him because of the rumors circulating on the internet. Can't we not just wait 'till he, himself speak up for himself? or an official statement from SMent? and just support them on whatever decision they me came up. Kris is human and also has a feelings, try to put yourself on him now, what would you feel if your hated, being criticized wrongly and then you can't even try to explain your side. why can't? 'coz whatever you may say to defend yourself the people around you won't even try to listen. 'coz what they will believe is the things that they wanted. i want to defend kris because I dont want EXO to fall. Kris is an EXO. they debuted as one and somehow I want them to win against this. I do believe in miracles. so i have faith on them. EXO as one. Everyone is equally important . No one should be left nor replaced.

krimmy
· Posted May 20, 2014 @ 6:25 pm
Agreed!
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everything-k-pop
· Posted May 25, 2014 @ 1:00 am
Then explain the Hangeng situation with Super Junior. Hangeng ACTUALLY made the effort to talk with a few Super Junior members he was close with and who he trusted, that he was going to file a lawsuit against their company. Yes sure Super Junior members were sad and depressed for a long time after that (especially Heechul) but they all respected Hangeng's decision because Hangeng actually trusted in some of his members enough to confide in them even if it means leaving the group he loved. Gender differences has nothing to do with it.
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zero-red
· Posted May 27, 2014 @ 7:23 pm
@everything-k-pop well i'm not sure how men do things in asia, but here in north america, men are taught to be macho guys to stand up to anything and keep your emotions inside and keep silent. kris grew up in canada and hangeng in china, the way they grew up is different, they have different values, ways of doing things, and most importantly the way the grew up. i think the thing a lot of people forget to factor in this entire situation is that kris is the most foreign out of all the members, he's different, it doesn't matter that he's ethnically chinese, he didn't grow up in china like lay, luhan, and tao.
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everything-k-pop
· Posted May 27, 2014 @ 7:42 pm
@zero-red Well then you're implying that this whole situation is Yi Fan's fault. Bottling up "feelings" and refusing to talk about it is just childish, no matter what the culture. I have lots of Caucasian friends and they (and their families) would rather prefer that everyone in the family be up-front and honest than keeping secrets. Being "macho" and stereotypical "tough-guy" by withholding one's feelings or thoughts is not just limited to one's culture. I have both white, black, and asian friends that would prefer brutal honesty, even if it hurts, rather than secrecy (which my friends all agree that it would hurt MORE in the end if the other party found out your secrets, just like what is happening in this Yi Fan situation right now). It all helps us follow a more realistic path in living than worrying about what certain friends (or people) think of us. How can two (or more) people put all of their trust in each other if both can't confide and be honest with each other? You can't have trust without honesty.
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zero-red
· Posted May 27, 2014 @ 8:31 pm
@everything-k-pop i'm not trying to imply that this is just Kris' fault, i was trying to say based on what he might have been taught and how he psychologically thinks could have been a factor on why he did things the way he did, i'm not trying to blame anyone party, sorry if i came off that way though.
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erin-hime07
· Posted May 30, 2014 @ 12:42 pm
@everything-k-pop on my opinion. hangeng and kris is two different person. and i said man in general. i did not say all men. it doesn't mean if your culture is this or that or what race you belong then your way of thinking should be like this. and i said this is just my opinion. fyi. most of my friends are men. and their personality are all different. doesn't mean that we grew up together, then our beliefs are the same. like you said, some of my friends also share their problems, seek for advices, asks for help. but there are also who doesn't. or they'll just share it after they have solved it. and there is also a guy friend of mine. said before. as long as he thinks he can endure it. he'll keep it for himself. and think what should he do. so, that's why i concluded maybe kris has his reasons also. maybe for him that's was his best move to do. to keep him for himself and make that huge move.even for you its just a childish behaviour. we don't how kris thinks. i'm not him. and i'm not there also to know what's the real thing. all i knew is that before being an idol, his still a human, and humans are not perfect right so he may commit mistakes right? also he has feelings, and he can also be hurt right? i'm supporting him not because he is my number1 bias, but because i know the feeling of being judge and criticized without knowing the whole story and you can't even explain you're side. that's why i made my opinion too. if for you it maybe wrong, then. be it. that's what you think. and that's also your opinion. i'll respect it. after all, we are all entitled of our own opinions and beliefs right?
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girl-group-lover
· Posted May 19, 2014 @ 2:17 pm

You see, I don't think neither Kris or EXO should be hated on. Okay, if he isn't happy about SM Ent, he has the choice to leave. People switch, change, quit jobs all the time, why is this any different? It doesn't matter whether or not he was mistreated, it also doesn't matter whether or not he has health problems, he is a human being and he has rights. He has the right to choose! And no matter what his intentions are, if he aint happy, he can leave. 

If he found another company, then fine be it. That doesn't mean betrayal, idols have moved to different companies before, it's not a big deal. If he really did find a company where he can be more comfortable in, then good for him. Just because you want ot12 to happen, it doesn't mean he has to stay for you people. He is unhappy and wants to leave, if you force him to stay, ya'll are pretty much restricting his rights as a human being. 

And I want you guys to know that this is NOT EXO's fault. I don't even understand why the rest of the members are getting hate. Y'all need to chill your balls. They are working extra hard for their upcoming concert and they need anything but hate right now. You guys be acting like they are the ones who kicked Kris out the group or something, which obviously isn't the case.

In conclusion, this is SM's fault. If the company environment and system was really as good as people say to be then why have their been numerous occasions of idols leaving SM ent?

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angelfromexoplan
· Posted May 19, 2014 @ 2:32 am

You can always make a U turn, Kris.. We will accept you back with open arms~

hikari17
· Posted May 19, 2014 @ 10:24 pm
I feel like that's a bit impossible now. Not only will it be awkward with the members but I'm sure there will be a little resentment as well such as, "how could he do this to us?" or always hold him responsible for the damage caused thus far and which will probably in persist in the future. It is highly likely that he will also gain a ton of antis - mostly korean fans (and other places) of the "betrayal" he caused. Not only will this be harder on Kris but I also think it will take a toll on EXO. Besides, he left because he was unhappy, so let him be :) A bit sad, but time will heal<3
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ges111
· Posted May 20, 2014 @ 3:43 pm
What hikari17 said...even if he came back...I wouldn't accept him so easily :/
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snsdbabyloveeeee
· Posted June 3, 2014 @ 7:03 pm
@ges111 don't know why you're down voted. I'm a kris and exo fan and i wouldn't accept him in exo cos he clearly wants out. his health condition is not on par of that of a idols life. cut force urself
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ges111
· Posted June 4, 2014 @ 1:21 am
@snsdbabyloveeeee exactly. he also put the members through all this hardship. he shouldn't be allowed back...it would just be too awkward. if he goes inactive...that may be different. but still. I'm going to continue to support him but I think he needs to leave. some fans are just a little butthurt I guess.
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