One of the biggest scandals in K-pop history is T-ara's 2012 bullying controversy, which significantly torpedoed the group's popularity at the peak of their career.
T-ara were vindicated years later when twin sisters Hwayoung and Hyoyoung were eventually exposed as the main culprits behind the discord, but the damage had already been done.
Now MBK Entertainment's founder and former CEO, Kim Kwang Soo, has addressed the scandal once again, this time taking full responsibility for the poor way in which he handled the situation at the time.
"I think my greatest mistake at the time was not revealing the truth clearly," he told Naver (via Soompi). "When rumours of bullying spread, I thought there was nothing for us to apologise for because we had done nothing wrong. I thought that things would quiet down if we just stayed still."
Kim continued: "When the issue got further out of control, the agency staff and managers told me that the T-ara members needed a break, but again I didn’t listen. I thought that since T-ara hadn’t done anything wrong, it would look like admitting guilt if we put them on hiatus.
"We promoted more heavily with the thought that we had to endure the hardships now. However, as a result the public turned even more against T-ara. Thinking about it now, T-ara didn’t do anything wrong. I made a serious mistake.”
The MBK founder also revealed that he's still on good terms with the T-ara members, despite the fact that they parted ways with his agency late last year.
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