SEOUL • They had been hit with baseball bats and iron rods.
The accusations got here out final Friday after Lee Seok-cheol, chief of South Korean boyband The East Light, spilled the beans at a press conference in regards to the bodily abuse they’d suffered from their administration company’s producer and chief government officer.
Media stories had surfaced earlier over the ill-treatment from a producer recognized as “A” and Media Line Entertainment boss Kim Chang-hwan.
According to The Korea Herald, Lee mentioned: “As the chief of The East Light and as one of many Ok-pop artists who lead Korean tradition, I might not tolerate the ache that our members had been going by way of.
“We decided to hold a press conference in the hope of eliminating child abuse and violation of human rights in the K-pop industry.”
He added: “From 2015 to final yr, the producer repeatedly made us get on the ground as he hit our buttocks with baseball bats and iron bars within the observe room or recording studio.
“He even threatened to kill us if we told our parents.”
Lee, whose brother was a bandmate, mentioned the latter “was locked in the recording studio and the producer hit his head, thighs, arms and buttocks many times”.
“His head had bloody wounds and bruises. He has been traumatised after all the threats and violence and is undergoing psychotherapy.”
The brother was fired from the group after he voiced grievances about “A” to the CEO.