Netizens have noticed suspicious social media activity from Spire Entertainment amidst the company’s abuse scandal.
For the past couple of months, FOR X (OMEGA X’s fandom) have become increasingly concerned for the members. In August, OMEGA X were seemingly banned from using their social media. After that, the group carried out their tour of North America, 2022 OMEGA X WORLD TOUR [CONNECT: Don’t give up], which was also fraught with issues.
After the tour wrapped with OMEGA X’s final show in Los Angeles, FOR X reported witnessing the members being verbally and physically abused by Spire Entertainment‘s CEO, Kang Seong Hee.
Guys, I was waiting outside for the Uber Eats that I ordered and I saw the company CEO hitting the members. I really didn’t know what to do since my hands were shaking so much. They were being hit right in front of me but I couldn’t do anything.
얘들아 우리 밖에서 음식 시킨 거 우버 기다리고 있는데
애들 회사 대표님이 애들 때리는 거 봤어
진짜로 손이 너무 떨려서 어떻게 해야 될지 모르겠어 애들이 눈앞에서 맞고 있는데 아무것도 못해 pic.twitter.com/vJEqNPzx5n
— 유채 (@hwi_418) October 23, 2022
CEO Kang Seong Hee: What have you guys done for me? Did you take care of me when I was having a hard time?
CEO Kang Seong Hee: Stop?
Member: [inaudible]… it was right…
CEO Kang Seong Hee: Who do you think you are? Who do you think you are?
Member: [A member] is going to faint.
CEO Kang Seong Hee: I’ve already fainted before!
*sound of someone falling down*
CEO Kang Seong Hee: Get up! Now!
Member: What are you doing?!
*sound of a thud*
*sound of someone crying*
Spire Entertainment addressed the issue in a statement, claiming that “voices were raised” during a tour discussion between the management and the members.
Following the month-long tour, which began in Guadalajara, Mexico, on September 16 and ended in LA, USA, on October 22, we had a celebratory team-wide dinner. The conversation, which has circulated online via social media, was recorded at that dinner.
At the time, having completed all legs of the tour, the OMEGA X members and Spire Entertainment team were discussing the hard work that went into the concerts, as well as the future that is to come. During this discussion, we also talked about certain moments that caused disappointments in one another. And in doing so, the conversation got heated, and voices were raised.
— Spire Entertainment
Additionally, SBS News reported an exclusive statement from CEO Kang Seong Hee herself in which she addressed the abuse but defended her actions.
It’s a one-sided allegation started by an anti-fan who is hostile toward the management.
I was exhausted because I’ve been up for several nights in a row. I even had a bloody nose because I was so tired. But the members didn’t think to make me feel better. They didn’t care about me. So I felt upset and acted out of disappointment.
Usually, I’m extremely polite toward the members. I even use honorifics when I talk to them.
— Spire Entertainment CEO Kang Seong Hee
Since then, Spire Entertainment warranted more backlash after a video was released by SBS that showed Kang Seong Hee verbally abusing and then physically assaulting leader Jaehan, who appeared to be having a panic attack. The attacks toward the members continued even at their hotel, and additional witnesses reported more instances of mistreatment. Recently, it was reported the members even had to pay their way home to Korea from L.A. after their company canceled their plane tickets.
SBS News shared a clip of OMEGA X's Jaehan who was seen having a panic attack and the CEO yelled at him: “Stand up. Stop being a K-pop idol if you're always sick like this.”
DANG! These boys deserve better protection from this kind of CEO!pic.twitter.com/qkrYpzp6z0
— BL Update (@BLUPDATE2022) October 24, 2022
This week, FOR X exposed both CEO Kang Seong Hee and Chairman Hwang Seong Woo‘s social media activity. She had posted several posts, essentially “playing the victim.” They have since been deleted, but you can read them in the article below.
Shortly after that, CEO Kang Seong Hee also deleted her Instagram account. This was how many discovered that she and Chairman Hwang Seong Woo were a couple, as they had many photos together appearing to be on vacation.
However, Chairman Hwang Seong Woo’s Twitter account is still active. His last activity was his like and retweet of a FOR X’s post, correcting that he was the chairman, not the CEO, of Spire Entertainment.
Not at the Spire chairman only RTed my tweet. Probably he want to say that he is not guilty as some mistook his name before but Mr. Hwang, you are in more higher position than CEO Kang right? PLS I hope you take the action to fire her out ASAP!
— Sofia ♡ 겸훈 (@BAILA_CON_OX) October 24, 2022
Many fans think he is “brave” for leaving his account up, considering everything. Knowing he also follows lots of FOR X on Twitter, they know he has to have seen their posts regarding the abuse scandal.
forx don't forget that cha1rman hw4ng has 100% seen everything we've said on twitter because he follows a lot of us!!
— cass 🏼 PROTECT OMEGA X (@hangyecms) October 26, 2022
Now, there is attention on not just the CEO and Chairman’s social media activity. FOR X noticed an entirely new Spire Entertainment Instagram account was created. They know it’s legit, too, because the official OMEGA X account follows it.
— Sofia ♡ 겸훈 (@BAILA_CON_OX) October 26, 2022
OMG what’s happened?? pic.twitter.com/51O2qOd8Xm
— 📌busy : 🍒니파다 ʚ♡⃛ɞ 마쁘랑🍒 (@mp_omegax) October 26, 2022
FOR X are frustrated more now than ever, knowing that Spire Entertainment is taking the time to do things like this rather than make a statement, as much more has unfolded since the incident that sparked the scandal.
This is bullshit @SPIRE_ENT you had all day to make a statement and instead remake your instagram but then you let whoever runs the boys insta repost about Naver Vibe room as if nothing is going on??? Where are our boys???#StandWithOmegaX #오메가엑스_옆에_있을게
— 첼시⁷⁸⁷ 🎾 #ProtectOmegaX (@MyLovelySebin) October 26, 2022
You rt and you update on Instagram but you can’t give us a statement. We don’t know anything about the members.@SPIRE_ENT please tell us something, I don’t know how to request you this anymore 🙁 #PROTECTOMEGAX #ProtectOMEGA_X #StandWithOmegaX #OMEGAX #OMEGA_X
— Jacky🌟ΩX #PROTECTOMEGAX (@MI_HERMOSAVENUS) October 26, 2022
FOR X believe that this is yet another tactic of Spire Entertainment to distract from the greater issue.
— #PROTECTOMEGAX (@oxstruggles) October 26, 2022
Similarly, it was announced that after a week, OMEGA X would return for the previously canceled their NAVER VIBE segment.
There’s still no updates about OMEGA X after arriving in KR yesterday. They just announced the cancellation of their segment in Naver vibe & will continue next week. They also deleted their first statement regarding OX situation. #StandWithOmegaX #오메가엑스_옆에_있을게
— 제현 (@j6hyun) October 26, 2022
1 WEEK???? That’s all u are giving them? OF COURSE.. we want them back too.. BUT THEIR HEALTH AND WELL-BEING is more important! AND so is what happened to them.. @SPIRE_ENT YOU ARE NOT SWEEPING THIS UNDER A RUG! WE KNOW NOW.. SO own UP to your actions!!!
— jhae (@imjhae) October 26, 2022
FOR X’s concern only increases for OMEGA X each day as no official statement or actions are made concerning the serious issues surrounding Spire Entertainment and its staff.
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