According to Naver, the 24-year-old has lost his final appeal against SM.
SM said in a statement: "On March 15, 2018, in the Supreme Court appeal for the lawsuit against the company for the invalidity of Tao’s exclusive contract, the Supreme Court rejected the appeal of Tao’s side.
"Through this result, the Supreme Court declared that the exclusive contract between SM and Tao is valid. The position of Tao’s side that insisted the invalidity and problems with his exclusive contract was dismissed in the first trial on April 1, 2017, the appeal in October, and the final appeal with the Supreme Court, closing the case. It has become even more clear that the exclusive contract between SM and Tao is valid and must be followed."
SM added that they "welcome the wise judgement of the court."
Tao debuted in EXO in 2012, and officially parted ways with the group in 2015.
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