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Stray Kids: “Due to people sneaking into the dorm, the artists are suffering serious mental and physical distress”

Stray Kids announced their measures regarding the invasion of artist’s privacy.

On Nov 11th, JYP Entertainment, its agency, posted on the Stray Kids fan community, “There have been repeated cases of people invading our artist’s privacy even though we have made several previous announcements regarding this issue.”

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The agency explained, “Due to people committing actions such as waiting for the artist near their dorm, following them into the elevator of their dorm, and sneaking into the dorm building up to their doorstep, serious mental and physical distress is being experienced not only by the artist, but also their neighbors who live in the same building.”

Referring to the punishment of stalking crimes, the agency said, “If the situation persists, it is likely that it will have a negative impact on the maintenance of the artist’s dorm. We ask you to recognize that acting only out of self-interest can cause harm to others and to refrain from such activities.”

In addition, the agency emphasized, “If the violations continue after this notice is posted, we will not only place the perpetrators on a permanent blacklist for Stray Kids fanclub activities, but also take all possible civil and criminal measures available according to the laws related to stalking crimes. We notify you that we continue to have no intention of reaching a settlement or showing leniency in such cases.”

Stray Kids is a nine-member boy group that debuted in 2018. However, member Woo Jin withdrew and the team was reorganized into an eight-member group.

Below is JYP Entertainment’s notice regarding the invasion of artist’s privacy:

Hello, this is JYPE.

We would like to thank the fans who always show Stray Kids lots of love and support.

There have been repeated cases of people invading our artist’s privacy even though we have made several previous announcements regarding this issue. Especially due to people committing actions such as waiting for the artist near their dorm, following them into the elevator of their dorm, and sneaking into the dorm building up to their doorstep, serious mental and physical distress is being experienced not only by the artist, but also their neighbors who live in the same building.

According to the law regarding the punishment of stalking crimes, engaging in the aforementioned actions is considered ‘stalking behavior’ and constitutes a crime that can be punished by up to three years of imprisonment or a fine of up to 30 million won.

If the situation persists, it is likely that it will have a negative impact on the maintenance of the artist’s dorm. We ask you to recognize that acting only out of self-interest can cause harm to others and to refrain from such activities.

Following our previous notice, we gathered evidence including CCTV footage of people committing actions that violate our artist’s privacy and personal rights, and we transferred them to the police station in charge.

If the violations continue after this notice is posted, we will not only place the perpetrators on a permanent blacklist for Stray Kids fanclub activities, but also take all possible civil and criminal measures available according to the laws related to stalking crimes. We notify you that we continue to have no intention of reaching a settlement or showing leniency in such cases.

JYPE will continue to work harder for our artist’s safety and the protection of their rights.

We ask for your active cooperation.

Thank you.

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