Former 2NE1 member, Gong Minzy, recently filed a lawsuit against her agency, Music Works, in order to nullify their contract. Back in October, Minzy filed the lawsuit claiming the agency did not withhold their end of the contract. She asked for her contract to be terminated and to be compensated ₩50 million KRW (~$43,000 USD) in damages.
The court dismissed her lawsuit earlier this month, and Minzy has now reportedly submitted an appeal against the ruling.
She recently uploaded a message explaining why she decided to separate from her agency and how they lost her trust.
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소속사와 짧지않은 법적 공방을 새로 시작해야 할 것 같습니다. 계약당시 소속사는 저에게 연 4회 이상의 앨범을 약속하며 최대한 지원하겠다고 약속했지만, 지난 4년간 앨범은 1개 뿐이고, 활동도 거의 지원해주지 않았습니다. 정산서는 한 차례도 보여준 적이 없고, 수익금은 1원도 배분하지 않았습니다. 저는 돈 보다는 가수로서 활동을 이어가는 게 무엇보다 중요합니다. 그래서 계약해지를 위해 소속사와 합의하거나 가처분을 통해서라도 신속히 마무리하길 원했지만 여의치가 않아, 이제는 소송을 통해 진실을 가릴 수밖에 없게 되었습니다. 항상 지지하고 응원해주시는 팬들을 위해서라도 의연하게 대처하고 이겨 나가겠습니다. 무대 위에서든 밖에서든 늘 성실하고 당당한 모습은 변함없이 보여드릴 것을 약속합니다.
I think I will have to begin a new, long legal battle with my agency. When I signed the contract, my agency promised to help me release at least 4 albums per year. They promised to give me their best support, but I only released 1 album within the 4 years and they barely supported my promotions. They never once showed me the invoices, and they they did not pay me even a penny out of the profits.
As an artist, continuing my promotions is more important than money or anything else. That’s why I wanted to quickly end our contract through negotiations but since that didn’t happen, there is no other way for me to reveal the truth than through a lawsuit.
Even if it’s just for my fans who continually depend on me and cheer me on, I will continue to fight. I promise to always show an unchanging honest and strong side to myself whether it be on stage or the public.
Minzy left YG Entertainment back in 2016, and signed with Music Works to pursue a solo career. She released her first solo abum in 2017 and an English track in 2018, but has not released any new projects in 2019.