THIS JUST IN:
SM Entertainment and Luhan's legal representatives have failed to reach an agreement at their first mediation sesssion on December 16, concerning his contract nulification. If both sides fail to reach an agreement, in two weeks the case will be brought back before the court in early 2015.
IN EARLIER NEWS: EXO's Luhan & SM Entertainment enter into court-ordered mediation
New developments have come to light surrounding the lawsuit EXO member Luhan recently filed against management company SM Entertainment disputing his contract.
Seoul District Court has proposed the two parties to enter into mediation and try to compromise to come to an agreement. If they cannot, the case will again be talen to court.
Luhan made a statement during the proceeding, "SM treated EXO-K, filled with Korean members, differently from how they treated the EXO-M members with Chinese members. From the beginning of our debut, EXO-K received support from SM and actively did promotions, but EXO-M had no promotions, received no financial backing, and endured a difficult time."
SM responded, "To sue us when he has no reason to do so using the same law firm and the same method and to ignore the interest of the people concerned in the contract that includes the group's promotions and the agency after gaining a lot of popularity as a star through group promotions show that he put his personal gains first."
IN EARLIER NEWS:
AllKPop are reporting that a lawyer has appeared on a Korean TV show discussing the possible implications of former Super Junior member Hangeng’s case in relation to Kris and Luhan from EXO.
Luhan’s suit against SM Entertainment has been the focus of the show ‘One Night of TV Entertainment’ on the Seoul Broadcasting Service.
All Kpop says that 'One Night of TV Entertainment' talked to lawyer Jung Yun Suk who pointed to Hangeng's case against SM Entertainment as a possible reason for the recent depatures of Kris and Luhan-
"With Hangeng's situation he won the case so they [Kris and Luhan] might have gotten confidence from that and went to the same law firm. However, if SM Entertainment had drastically modified their contract and got rid of the unjust conditions, then SM has a chance of winning the suit."
SM ENTERTAINMENT have released a statement
All Kpop is now reporting that SM Entertainment has released a statement that reads, in part:
"The agency learned of Luhan's lawsuit through a lawyer.
We are shocked because the lawsuit was suddenly filed while we were in the process of negotiating his future schedules and activities after he expressed his wishes to focus more on his individual activities in China more so than EXO group activities as well as matters concerning his health.
As it was with Kris's case, when a lawsuit is filed for no actual reason by using the same pattern and lawyers after a gaining a lot of popularity as a star through group activities, we see this as a suit that was filed because one prioritizing one's self and ignoring the understanding of the contract with the agency as well as everyone involved in the contracts and the activities with the group. We believe there is someone behind the scenes who is pulling the strings.
Regarding these kinds of situation, the agency plans to actively respond to it with our partners overseas including those in China as well as legal experts.
EXO's future activities will also proceed on as scheduled.
Nichola from My Korean Husband reports LIVE from Korea with the latest from Luhan leaving EXO, and her insight on what it could mean for foreign Kpop stars.
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Luhan updated his Weibo account with the message I'm home as Asian pop fans took to twitter to express their feels, getting at least four hashtags trending worldwide including #LuhanandKris and #alwayssupportluhan
And what would happen #ifChoiSiwonistheCEOofSM...
EARLIER TODAY, THE STORY BROKE:
Osen.com is reporting that EXO member Luhan has filed a lawsuit against SM Entertainment to nullify his contract in Seoul Central District Court. The lawsuit is said to be similar to former EXO member Kris Wu’s earlier in the year, and Lu Han is said to also be represented by Kris’ same law firm, ‘Hankyul.’
Luhan has been absent from the boyband’s recent Bangkok concert, as well as the SMTOWN concert in Tokyo, but earlier reports suggested that this was due to health reasons.
Boyband Super Junior’s leader Leeteuk may have revealed that another SMTOWN exit was imminent during an October 8 appearance on the talk show ‘Radio Star'.
When show host Kim Gura brought up former Girls’ Generation member Jessica Jung’s recent departure, Leeteuk replied “Do you think that would be it?”
Stay tuned for more of this story.
Source: Sina, Osen, TV Daily