MOMOLAND's Daisy has revealed that Finding Momoland was rigged, in an interview with KBS.
Finding Momoland focused on 10 trainees from MLD Entertainment, competing to be in a girl group that would eventually become MOMOLAND. Daisy said in her interview that the final lineup from the show was manipulated, despite the show advertising that its final members were chosen through a combined points system including producer evaluations, online votes and audience votes at the final performance.
Daisy said: "On the day I was eliminated, the agency contacted me and asked to have a meeting the next day. They told me that they had already planned to include me in MOMOLAND regardless of my elimination and that I would debut in the next album once the promotions for the first album were over".
MLD released a statement following the interview, stating that there was no manipulation of votes or other fradulent actions regarding Finding Momoland. As for Daisy's inclusion, they said: "We terminated the contracts of eliminated trainees after the program ended, but the CEO of the agency saw Daisy's potential and recommended she stay as an agency trainee".
The agency also claimed that Daisy's mother has threatened the agency multiple times, and that they have prepared documents of proof to refute Daisy's claims with legal action.
Since the initial report, KBS have reported on the matter again, stating Daisy came to them as she has been in dispute with MLD Entertainment for a long time, and has requested to terminate her contract with the agency.
Although Daisy chose not to participate in MOMOLAND's March 2019 comeback for personal reasons, she had expressed her want to promote again in May, but the agency didn't give her any opportunities to do so for eight months.
She now wishes to leave the agency but they are demanding 1.1 billion won as penalty payment for the breach in contract.
MLD's representative says that it is at the company's discretion as to whether or not a member promotes, and that Daisy has been asked to pay the penalty because she asked to withdraw from the contract first.
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