ATTRAKT released evidence of The Givers CEO Ahn Sung Il‘s tampering.
On October 20, ATTRAKT revealed an audio recording between Ahn Sung Il and the father of FIFTY FIFTY member Keena.
In the recording, Ahn Sung Il reassures Keena’s father that there was no reason why the court wouldn’t award FIFTY FIFTY members an injunction that would release them from their contract with ATTRAKT.
There is absolutely no reason why the injunction wouldn’t be awarded. There is no reason to prepare for it not be given, because if there was even a chance it wouldn’t, we wouldn’t have started this.
— Ahn Sung Il
Ahn Sun Il then alleges that Warner Music Korea would pay out ATTRAKT’s CEO Jeon Hong Joon a fee of “Maximum, ₩10.0 billion KRW (about $7.38 million USD)” under the condition that the CEO hands over all rights to the group’s name and royalties resulting from the group’s first two albums.
Someone will open a room for negotiations. The condition to that is for the albums (royalty) to be given (to us) and for the name to be handed over. For that, we will give (Jeon Hong Joon) ₩5.00 billion KRW (about $3.69 million USD) to ₩10.0 billion KRW (about $7.38 million USD) maximum, and we will tell him to stop bothering the girls. That is what Warner is prepared to offer.
— Ahn Sung Il
This would mean that Warner Music Korea had colluded with Ahn Sung Il in their efforts to poach FIFTY FIFTY members. ATTRAKT’s CEO had previously hinted at a third party attempting to tamper with the label’s artist. Warner Music Korea has also previously denied all allegations of tampering.
The news follows a bombshell Dispatch exposé in which Keena revealed how the members were gaslighted by Ahn Sung Il.
In the exposé, Keena stated how Ahn Sung Il claimed he had decisive evidence that would sway the courts in their favor but ultimately provided nothing to help the members’ case against ATTRAKT. Keena also revealed that Warner Music Korea had offered to buy out ATTRAKT but that Ahn Sung Il did not immediately deliver the news.
When Warner Korea proposed an offer to Ahn Sung Il, that sparked more issues. Warner Korea Director Yoon offered Ahn Sung Il ₩20.0 billion KRW (about $14.8 million USD) to buy out FIFTY FIFTY. Director Yoon’s goal was to pay the money to Jeon Hong Jun to acquire FIFTY FIFTY as an artist for their label. However, Ahn Sung Il did not deliver the news to Jeon Hong Jun immediately.