Did they accidentally get hit by this chaos while trying to catch Kim Seon-ho? Or did they sit still despite the situation so both can go down together? Salt Ent. coping method is hard to understand.
As Dong-A.com recently covered, the exclusive contract between Kim Seon-ho and Salt Entertainment was originally scheduled to expire last month (September). However, industry officials say that due to Kim Seon-ho appearance in tvN’s Saturday-Sunday drama “Hometown Cha Cha Cha” (directed by Yoo Je-won, Shin Ha-eun), both sides have partially extended their management contract.
An industry official told Dong-A.com, “Kim Sun-ho and Salt Entertainment have been discussing renewing their contracts since last summer ahead of the expiration (September) of the previous exclusive contract. Rumors had already spread around in the industry that Kim Seon-ho’s exclusive contract will soon expire, and some companies had attempted to contact him. However, they knew that due to the remaining schedule for “Hometown Cha Cha Cha”, the renewal or transfer of his contract needed to be delayed until the end of filming. But then the problem broke out.”
In fact, Kim Seon-ho and Salt Entertainment had signed an exclusive contract in September 2018 and have been working together for three years. Kim Sun-ho gained a systematic and relatively stable actor management, while Salt Entertainment, which mostly focused on actresses, got themselves a popular male actor. It was a win-win situation. However, this relationship also eventually leads to a catastrophe after Kim Seon-ho was pointed out as “actor K” in the “abortion” controversy.
On the 17th, Internet user A posted an article about an “actor K” on a community bulletin board under a domestic portal site. A, who claims to have dated actor K, was forced to have an abortion by him.
According to A, the two have been dating from the beginning of last year (2020) to the middle of this year (summer). A claimed that when she stopped taking contraception due to her health, she had had sexual intercourse without contraception at the request of actor K, and that she had informed actor K of her pregnancy in July last year. Actor K convinced her to have the abortion and promised to marry her, using reasons such as billions of won in damages for brands he was doing advertising for. The problem is after the abortion. After the baby disappeared, actor K’s attitude changed. Actor K started to show mood swings, using his work as an excuse and suddenly announced their breakup at the end of May.
A said, “It’s impossible to live a normal life after seeing him with a completely different image he normally shows on TV. As a woman, I decided to take all the risks of my personal stories being revealed and post this. After breaking up, his behaviors left me with severe physical pain and mental trauma. If I don’t expose this, I think I wouldn’t be able to live properly for the rest of my life due to the pain he gave me.”
When A was requested evidence for her claim, she said, “It’s not difficult because I have lots of photos. But I’m still hesitant to post them due to legal reasons. I have suffered from this pain for more than a year. It’s not easy for me to make up my mind and write this.”
A’s revelation spread all over every online community and people started guessing the identity of actor K. Then suddenly, the reporter-turned Youtuber Lee Jin-ho claimed that actor K was indeed Kim Seon-ho. He said rumors about Kim Seon-ho’s private life had already spread in the industry before.
Kim Seon-ho’s side, Salt Entertainment, decided to stay silent. On the morning of October 19th, 3 days after the case broke out, Salt Entertainment issued their official statement, “We sincerely apologize for not releasing our position earlier. We are currently looking into the facts related to the anonymous article. Therefore, we genuinely ask for your patience.”
Kim Seon-ho, who used to be really active on his Instagram, has also remained silent. 3 days after A’s accusation was posted and controversies evolved, Kim Seon-ho’s agency, Salt Entertainment made a frustrating remark saying they are only “trying to find out the facts”. These moves seem to be the same but are still different somehow. What positions will Kim Seon-ho and Salt Entertainment come up with? In addition, attention is also being paid to whether both sides will continue their companionship.