Why did Lee Seung Gi stay silent until the situation reached this point?
While Lee Seung Gi’s past remarks such as “I don’t know how much I get paid” and “There are still people who treat me as a high school student” are being looked into again, the controversy over his “slave contract theory” is intensifying.
On November 21st, CEO Kwon Jin Young of Hook Entertainment, Lee Seung Gi’s agency, said in an official statement, “It is our duty to confirm the facts in detail about the stories that are currently being reported in the media and floating in the public eye. However, as mentioned in the previous press release, we ask for your understanding once again that we are in the process of sorting out the facts and that there is room for legal action in the future, so we refrain from expressing our position.”
With reports claiming that Lee Seung Gi received zero money for his music releases for 18 years, attention is focused on why he remained silent for the past 18 years before sending Hook Entertainment a certification of contents despite being a top star.
Regarding this, there is also an analysis that the remarks Lee Seung Gi made in the past on entertainment programs already gave clues to interpretation.
In last year’s JTBC’s “Knowing Bros”, Lee Seung Gi was asked, “Since ‘Sing Again’ went well, will you get paid more if Season 2 is produced?”, and his reply was, “I don’t know how much I get paid for ‘Sing Again.”
Was Lee Seung Gi bad at figures? Or was he forced to stay silent even if he knew?
In a related entertainment program, Lee Seung Gi told expert Kim Chang Ok, “I also feel hard to communicate in a relationship. I’ve grown up and reached a certain age, but some seniors and adults still treat me like a high school student. There were times when I found communicating difficult. But I couldn’t say, ‘I’m not Lee Seung Gi in the past’”.
Since Lee Seung Gi debuted at a very young age and continued the relationships he made at that time, it was not easy to bring about changes. In other words, Lee Seung Gi, who felt the need to change in a different situation, may have made it hard for a third party to understand.
Meanwhile, colleagues also gave testimonies and expressed their sympathy for Lee Seung Gi’s delicate feelings. On November 21st, guitarist Lee Byung Ho, who is a member of the producing team Captain Planet, said on his SNS, “After reading articles about Seung Gi today, I felt bad for the whole day. I was taken aback thinking about what Seung Gi had been through.”
Revealing that he has not received producing fees either, Lee Byung Ho said, “I participated in the production of Lee Seung Gi’s 6th album, and also had a hard time because I didn’t get paid for the work. However, I didn’t want to raise an issue because I really like Seung Gi. When I heard Seung Gi was hurt and cried a lot when he knew about this issue, I carefully wondered if I should say this or not”. Lastly, he said, “A lot of things happened over the past 18 years, and I don’t want Seung Gi to get hurt because of this or suffer any more unfair things. I’ll always support and pray for the great artist Lee Seung Gi as a fellow music producer.”