On November 17, the Seoul Central District Court ruled in favor of Kim Samuel and his lawsuit against his former label, Brave Entertainment.
It’s been reported that the court cancelled his contract with the agency and dismissed Brave Entertainment’s ₩1.00 billion KRW (about $845,000 USD) lawsuit against the singer. The judge confirmed the news by stating, “the contract once signed between the plaintiff [Kim Samuel] and the defendant [Brave Entertainment] on June 9, 2014 is no longer valid. The countersuit filed by the defendant will also be dismissed.”
Following the conclusion of the court ruling, Kim Samuel expressed his gratitude to his fans, who have been patiently waiting for his return.
Thank you to my Garnets who prayed for me, supported me, and waited for me during this time. I don’t know how to express this feeling into words…the heavens were on my side. It’s all thanks to you guys.
— Kim Samuel @its_kimsamuel/Instagram
Kim Samuel debuted back in 2015 under Brave Entertainment in the short-lived hip hop duo, 1Punch. Following their disbandment, the singer competed in the second season of Produce 101, where he ranked 18th in the final episode. While he was unable to join the show’s project boy group, he began his solo career after the conclusion of the survival program.
In 2019, however, Kim Samuel filed a lawsuit against Brave Entertainment asking for the termination of his contract. His side made claims that the trust had been broken regarding a settlement issue. Following Kim Samuel’s lawsuit, the label reportedly refused to promote the singer, claiming that the company “suffered losses.”
For the last few years, fans were unable to see Kim Samuel on stage due to his ongoing legal battle with his former agency, but the waiting period is now over.