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Former G-Friend member who left the group right before debut sentenced to pay over 10 million KRW to Source Music

By jennywill   Sunday, May 1, 2016   179,318   11,037   1



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Source Music has won their lawsuit against a former G-Friend member who left the group right before the group's debut.

Source Music had filed a lawsuit against trainee 'A'. She had signed a short-term training contract with Source Music in October 2013 and had received vocal and dance training. However, in April 2014, she told the label that she wanted to rest and wanted to stop, and stopped coming to training. Source Music claimed that 'A' had agreed to submit the documents for contract cancellation as well as pay the fees. The contract that she signed stated that if she had broken the contract, she had to pay twice the amount that Source Music invested in her. However, 'A' took no action to pay the amount, and Source Music filed the suit in August 2014.

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During the suit, Source Music demanded a total of 55.7 million KRW (~49k USD), with 12.47 million KRW (~11k USD) as double the amount invested, and 43.22 million KRW (~38k USD) that included the additional girl group training and dorming fees from the team debut being pushed back 5 months. 'A' tried to protest that Source Music imposed impossible weight loss on her and excluded her from training saying her looks were problematic, but the court did not accept her defense, reasoning that 'A' did not come to training and therefore broke the contract, meaning she had to pay the double amount. 

However, the court did not accept that it was 'A's fault that G-Friend's debut was pushed back 5 months, reasoning, "G-Friend was originally planned to be a 7 member group, but another trainee other than 'A' left, making the group 5 members until another member was added for it to be 6. From this, it can't be said that it was only 'A's fault that the debut was delayed."

The court ordered 'A' to pay the original contract breaking fee of 12.47 million KRW.
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fairypanda Tuesday, May 3, 2016

I heard it was Jenny of DIA (and she's so pretty, if its really her, Source Music has such a great loss) Seeing the amount they spend for trainee, that means source music has a lot of money, while some netizen call them poor

K_Companion fairypanda Sunday, September 18, 2016

If it was really Jenny of DIA, then she must haved regretted leaving the group. Look, DIA's popularity cannot even be compared to GFRIEND's popularity. Lol, it would be better for her to stay in GFRIEND

scoops fairypanda Saturday, October 22, 2016

i think it was. people been saying she left at debut and transferred to t-ara's agency. if she were still there thou, they'd be less criticized for their visuals. i don't understand their problem though, they do have visuals- and do you not see sinb?

scoops fairypanda Saturday, October 22, 2016

she must regret it tbh.. gfriend is so popular now

federick Tuesday, May 3, 2016


just_joe1243 Monday, May 2, 2016

No lie...I'd seriously just kill myself if I had to pay that much money. That court ruling is just saying, "You couldn't abide to this 2 year contract so we're going to fuck you up for the rest of your life!" Like what is the point of living... poor girl

ramjetranch Monday, May 2, 2016

Sounds like a good ruling by the court.  Trainee A breached her contract, but  Source tried to dig her for the extra ₩43M.  No one in their right mind would sign a contract where they assume liability for company problems beyond their control.

sgrnspc Monday, May 2, 2016

Poor girl! But shouldn't minors be under the supervision of an adult like the parents when signing a contract? I honestly don't know how it works in SK but in my country there was a case like this when the actor signed a contract when he was barely 18. When he decided to leave the management he won the case because technically he was a minor and was not accompanied by an adult during the contract signing.

skogbrann sgrnspc Monday, May 2, 2016

i can almost guarantee you that her parents were present, and even signed the contract themselves. they are very strict about it in SK. i've heard a lot of idols say that they begged their parents to sign a contract, so i'm sure the parents were present.

ramjetranch skogbrann Monday, May 2, 2016

Agree. There are probably few countries in the world that don't have "age of consent" laws. In the case @sgrnspc mentioned, the minor may have misrepresented himself as an adult when signing. That's a tougher call. Laws for that situation may vary by country.

royalsooyeon Monday, May 2, 2016

all i can say is damnnnnn

charlie_d Monday, May 2, 2016

UUGH, that sucks

fxcx09 Monday, May 2, 2016

damn, so the rumours of a former gfriend members was true after all. would really like to know who this girl is tho.

fxcx09 Monday, May 2, 2016


greengirl103 fxcx09 Monday, May 2, 2016

One girl name is Jenny she is in Dia now, the other girl kind of looks like hani but u can find her an online pic of her

PopMaster fxcx09 Monday, May 2, 2016

Correction: Former Trainee

whatever101 Monday, May 2, 2016

MURDER, im not gonna call either person a liar but FK ME the day I ever to pay this absurd amount of money 4 ANYTHING

nluvmiya Monday, May 2, 2016

this is the downside of being a TRAINEE. a BULLSHIT company rekting a teenage girl :/

skogbrann nluvmiya Monday, May 2, 2016

well, she did end the contract prematurely, so legally she had to pay the fee.

PopMaster nluvmiya Monday, May 2, 2016

yeah a Bullshit company when all K-pop companies do this. Welcome to the K-pop world!!

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