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WM Entertainment releases official statement regarding Oh My Girl's airport issue

By thewesterngirl   Thursday, December 10, 2015   97,690   6,444   249

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Oh My Girl has been through a lot, being stuck at customs for 10 hours at the L.A. airport, and there were different reasons being stated as the reason for their detainment. 


WM Entertainment had previously stated the reason was because of their large number of costumes and props for Oh My Girl's jacket album shoot, while a Korean airlines rep said the reason was because they did not have performance visas.


WM Entertainment has cleared the misunderstanding once and for all in their 5-part official statement.


Official Statement:


1. First off, we apologize for being late to grasp the situation on the connection interruption which Oh My Girl and all the staff experienced.

2. On December 9, Oh My Girl traveled to the United States for their album jacket photoshoot. And we had already told the interested parties that while we were in the U.S., Oh My Girl would open for the L.A. event 'Unforgettable 2015' which both celebrities and producers were attending.

We were thankful that this would be an opportunity for rookie girl group Oh My Girl to meet representatives, and we decided to take part in promotions. Since the event was not our own solo performance, there was no need to receive a performance visa.

3. After this, Oh My Girl and the staff had no problem with the procedures at the [Los Angeles] airport immigration office and passed through, but a problem arose while at customs.

The person in charge of customs asked Oh My Girl and the staff what relationship they had with each other, and one of the staff used the word 'sister' and a misunderstanding occurred. They thought it was strange that we were not blood related, but said that we were 'sisters'. And so they took extra attention to the large quantity of items and outfits we had. And since the members are young girls, they were mistaken as 'working women' (prostitutes) which the U.S. has a big issue with right now.

4. After the misunderstanding was resolved, we were sent back to the airport immigration office, and had communication with the airport staff, and our opinion was not straightened out. And in the previous step, our phones were seized and it was an extreme situation where we could not contact anyone outside. The company was detained for a long period of 15 hours, and we decided to go back to Korea because of the members who were tired physically and emotionally.

5. A lawyer in the U.S. is taking the effort to make sure the unjust treatment of being detained is valid or not. We sincerely apologize for causing anxiety and thank everyone who worried for us.

SEE ALSO: Oh My Girl to comeback in August with remake song 'Listen To My Story'


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    erfa24 Saturday, December 12, 2015

    Even it's not your own solo performance (meaning the company didn't actually held the event) you still have to use the P visa! Anything in the immigration and customs process will be easier too if you have petition saying you as a group gon perform at an event. The strict procedure is actually quite easy if you follow it to the detail

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    superjunior_13 Saturday, December 12, 2015

    Lol it's kinda funny .... Shame on korean always weird and pedo feeling toward young girls.... It's was supposed to happen one day lol lol lol

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    RoVert Friday, December 11, 2015

    Wow...

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    youtuberrr Friday, December 11, 2015

    believe it or not, there is a reason immigration and custom officers can be pretty strict with koreans at "LAX".

    "A Los Angeles police spokesman said that about 90 percent of the department's 70-80 monthly arrests for prostitution involve Korean women and Los Angeles police estimates that there are 8,000 Korean prostitutes working in that city and its suburbs."

    https://en.wikipedia. ; ; ; org/wiki/Prostitution_in_South_Korea

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    krimmy Friday, December 11, 2015

    Well, that sure is a headache.

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    Rebel_Patriot Friday, December 11, 2015

    Let's see... US Department of Homeland Security Customs and Border Protection vs some small no-name South Korean kpop agency... wonder who is at fault? LAX is one of the world's busiest international airports and handled 20 million foreign passengers last year. Considering LA is a global entertainment destination with more entertainers coming and going than any other airport in the world, including probably hundreds of Korean celebrities, some idiots here want to somehow portray LAX and the CBP professionals who work there as some backwater airport that can't process a kpop girl group correctly? Yes @poke, that is much more likely than a Kpop company inexperienced with foreign travel to the US screwing up visas and/or failing to properly identify themselves in their entry interview. Such dummies here, even for naive kids.

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    Hitchhiker Saturday, December 12, 2015

    That's exactly what they are.....in 5 minutes anyone could have shown a youtube video to explain everything. The TSA is so incompetent that for their immense budget, they have yet to apprehend a single terrorist at any airport....they are a joke, They're good for hassling people and that's all.....

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    Ray_Kim_SMstan Friday, December 11, 2015

    WHAT THE BAD NEWS.... I

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    artemist Friday, December 11, 2015

    ...I'm pretty sure they have no case against the airport or its security measures. Like none.

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    chiathedoll Friday, December 11, 2015

    US customs is known for being very strict though. Whenever I come back from nigeria, they make me throw away alot of stuff. its crazy but there is a method to the madness. It's all for our safety

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    YukiSsS Friday, December 11, 2015

    Here is what I do not get, isn't there on site translators at international airports? They literally have Korean citizens that works for flight company that will help if needed. Obviously there had to be an issue with visa or passport to have them sent back over. ; ;

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