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Kara terminates contract with agent

2011/01/19 | 608 views | Permalink | Source

Five-member girl group Kara have cancelled their exclusive contract with its agent DSP Media.

"Kara has terminated their exclusive contract with DSP media and made known the discontinuation of the administrative relationship", said Kara's legal representatives, Landmark, Jan. 19, emphasizing further that "The agent abused their position", being demanding and forceful in assigning the members' work, even "dishonoring the members' characters".

"The agent made various unexplained contracts, causing the members great stress", Landmark said. "The agent used Kara simply as a means of making money. Feeling entirely disheartened, the members have judged that it is impossible to maintain relations with the agent".

DSP media said, "We will reveal our position after finding out what's the problems".

But one member, Park Gyu-ri, is reported to abstain from the legal proceedings.

Kara, composed of Park Gyu-ri, Han Seung-yeon, Goo Ha-ra, "Nicole", Kang Ji-young, debuted in 2007, having since released hits such as "Mister", "Lupin" and "Jumping". Last year, they debuted in Japan, driving a K-pop boom there.

카라, 소속사 상대 전속계약 해지 통보

여성그룹 카라(박규리, 한승연, 니콜, 구하라, 강지영) 멤버들이 소속사인 DSP미디어에 전속 계약 해지를 통보했다.

카라의 변호인인 법무법인 랜드마크는 19일 "카라가 DSP미디어를 상대로 전속 계약을 해지하고 매니지먼트 업무를 중단하라고 통보했다"고 밝히며 "소속사는 지위를 악용해 멤버들이 원하지 않는 연예활동을 강요하고 인격을 모독했다"고 주장했다.

또 "소속사는 설명없이 각종 무단 계약을 해 멤버들이 정신적인 고통을 겪었다"며 "소속사는 카라를 돈벌이 수단으로만 이용했다. 멤버들의 좌절감이 큰 상태여서 소속 관계를 유지하는 것이 불가능하다고 판단했다"고 말했다.

이에 대해 DSP미디어는 "사태를 파악한 후 입장을 밝히겠다"고 전했다.

2007년 데뷔한 카라는 '미스터' '루팡' '점핑' 등의 히트곡을 냈고 지난해 일본에 데뷔해 K-POP 붐을 이끌었다.

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