Entertainment agency Wellmade Star Ent filed a civil lawsuit against actress Lee Sun-bin, but lost both in the first and second trials.
According to the legal circles on Sep 23rd, the Seoul High Court’s civil division 17-2 (Senior judges Choi Hyun-jong, Bang Woong-hwan and Jung Yoon-hyung) ruled that the lawsuit filed by Wellmade Star Ent against Lee Sun-bin lost in the same manner as the first trial.
Wellmade Star Ent filed a lawsuit claiming 500 million won in June 2020, saying, “Lee Sun-bin has been continuing her activities in the entertainment industry after unilaterally notifying to terminate the contract.”
On the other hand, Lee Sun-bin’s side countered, “Through the manager, Lee Sun-bin pointed out the company’s problems such as opaque settlement, accounting practices, arranging schedules without prior notice and required the company to correct. However, the company demoted and reduced the salary of this manager, as well as hindered Lee Sun-bin’s activities.”
In the exclusive contract signed between Lee and Wellmade Star Ent, there is a clause that the agency must provide the settlement data to Lee at the same time as the payment of the settlement money.
Lee raised an issue in August 2018, saying that the settlement of advertising model fees was unclear, but she did not receive specific evidence materials.
The first trial court ruled in favor of Lee. The court acknowledged that Wellmade Star Ent provided Lee with monthly settlement information but only indicated the approximate amount rather than detailed evidence materials such as tax invoices. They did not respond to objections, either.
They said “The exclusive contract in this case was legally terminated due to the violation of duty for failing to provide evidence materials of settlement properly”, adding that Lee’s independent activities were not a problem.
Wellmade Star Ent appealed “We faithfully implemented the exclusive contract”, but the appellate court concluded that the first trial’s judgment was reasonable.