BPM Entertainment refutes reports that they have been approaching EXO Baekhyun, Xiumin, and Chen, prompting the lawsuit with SM.
Amidst the news of EXO members Baekhyun, Xiumin, and Chen notifying their agency, SM Entertainment, of their termination of exclusive contracts, a media outlet reported that SM sent a statement to Big Planet Made Entertainment (hereinafter referred to as “BPM Entertainment”), where MC Mong is an executive director.
In the report, it was suggested that BPM Entertainment had approached the EXO members to induce them into signing contracts and suing SM Entertainment.
However, BPM Entertainment countered by stating to Sports Seoul that “MC Mong merely met the juniors due to their personal relationship, but there was no intention to recruit them”, adding, “MC Mong is not an internal director at BPM.”
Meanwhile, BPM Entertainment, headed by the composer Park Jang Geun, is known for managing artists such as former NU’EST Ren, Soyou, VIVIZ, Ha Sungwoon, and Huh Gak.
However, BPM Entertainment acknowledged that they did receive a statement from SM Entertainment, stating that it is a fact.
On the other hand, on June 1st, the legal representatives of Baekhyun, Xiumin, and Chen revealed that the three EXO members had notified SM Entertainment of their termination of exclusive contracts. In their full statement, Baekhyun, Xiumin, and Chen’s representative describes SM as a company that commits extremely unfair acts towards its artists and the exclusive contracts as “slave contracts”.
In response, SM Entertainment claimed that external forces have approached the 3 EXO members and conveyed false information and incorrect legal assessments.
“They are making unreasonable proposals (to our artists) to ignore our exclusive contracts and suggest that it is okay to sign contracts with them”, SM said.