The conflict between former LOONA member Chuu and Blockberry Creative (Blockberry) is showing signs of prolonging.
According to Star News on Feb 1st, Blockberry submitted a petition containing the ban on Chuu‘s entertainment activities to the Korea Entertainment Management Association and the Korea Entertainment Producers’ Association in December 2022.
In particular, it was confirmed that Blockberry officially raised the issue of Chuu’s tampering (pre-contact) through the submission of a petition through the reward and punishment committee of the Korea Entertainment Management Association. Blockberry judged that Chuu had already tampered with BY4M in order to sign a new contract around 2021. They submitted a petition to the reward and punishment committee of the Korea Entertainment Management Association, claiming that it was a “violation of management contract”.
Afterwards, the reward and punishment committee of the Korea Entertainment Management Association requested Chuu’s attendance, but she did not attend until last week. When the reward and punishment committee was finally scheduled to rule on the matter, Chuu’s side belatedly replied on Feb 1st, “She will attend the reward and punishment committee.” Accordingly, it seems that a date will be designated later and the reward and punishment committee will be opened again.
Along with this, Blockberry plans to submit petitions to the reward and punishment committee of the Korea Entertainment Management Association to prohibit entertainment activities of 4 people, including Heejin, Kim Lip, JinSoul and Choerry.
Previously, following the forced withdrawal of Chuu, 4 members Heejin, Kim Lip, JinSoul and Choerry also won the contract termination lawsuit against Blockberry Creative. As a result, there are only 7 members left in the 12-member girl group LOONA.
In November 2022, Blockberry shocked the public by announcing their decision to expel and remove Chuu from LOONA through an official fan cafe notice. Blockberry said, “We decided to expel and remove artist Chuu (real name Kim Ji Woo) from the group LOONA as of November 25th, 2022. We conducted an investigation after receiving reports about abuse of power, including verbal abuse, by Chuu toward our staff members, and found out it was true. Our company’s representative has apologized to the staff and is currently comforting them. We also decided to take responsibility by expelling Chuu from LOONA.”
Afterwards, Blockberry postponed LOONA’s comeback in January indefinitely and announced, “After listening to the opinions of many Orbit (fans of LOONA), we decided that comeback activities are meaningless without resolving the various concerns regarding the members’ situation.”
In addition, Chuu was embroiled in rumors of bullying within the team until recently, but Chuu herself and the agency remained silent by not expressing any particular position. In the meantime, Chuu is her own woman, such as standing on the year-end awards ceremony stage.