An official from the entertainment industry has reported via Korean media that OMEGA X are receiving treatment.
Previously, OMEGA X’s company Spire Entertainment‘s CEO, Kang Seong Hee was caught verbally, mentally, and physically abusing the members following the conclusion of their2022 OMEGA X WORLD TOUR [CONNECT: Don’t give up] with the final concert in L.A., which was also fraught with issues.
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
— 유채ஐ (@hwi_418) October 23, 2022
CEO: What have you guys done for me? Did you take care of me when I was having a hard time?
Member: [inaudible]… it was right
CEO: Who do you think you are? Who do you think you are?
Member: [A member] is going to faint
CEO: I’ve already fainted before!
*sound of someone falling down*
CEO: Get up! Now!
Member: What are you doing?!
*sound of a thud*
*sound of someone crying*
Recently, Kang issued an apology and resigned from her position as CEO of Spire Entertainment. The company released the statement.
Hello. This is Spire Entertainment. More than anything, we bow our heads in apology to the fans who have treasured the OMEGA X members, as well as the members themselves and their parents, who were hurt by this matter.
We also sincerely apologize for disappointing everyone by letting the unfortunate matter happen, as well as for the inadequate way that the company has been dealing with it up to now.
Spire Entertainment will bear the responsibility for everything regarding this matter. In addition, the CEO that caused the unfortunate incidents on tour has resigned from the company voluntarily.
In the future, the company will not shy away from but take into account all the criticism and advice we have received during this time and do our best to solve matters, making sure such things do not happen again.
In addition, we will do all that is in our power to prevent the members of OMEGA X from experiencing such unfortunate matters again and to create a better environment for them to focus on their activities as an artist as we continue to converse with the members.
— Spire Entertainment
Yet, there is doubt regarding the authenticity of this statement.
According to an official from the entertainment industry, the OMEGA X members have been receiving treatment for psychological shock from the abuse they have suffered since their return to Korea from L.A. They have returned to receive both rest and treatment at their own homes rather than Spire Entertainment’s dorms after they paid their own way. Following the publicized abuse, Kang canceled all of the members’ flight tickets to Korea.
Previously, the agency announced in a press release that the “misunderstanding with the members has been resolved.” Still, in reality, there were suspicions of psychological pressure as the members were told that they would “cut off all group activities,” “they can’t get it together,” and “it’s going to be war when you return to Korea.”
Additionally, although Kang announced her resignation from Spire Entertainment, OMEGA X have been skeptical. An entertainment official noted, “Since the agency is a family company run jointly by Kang and her partner, there is no choice but to doubt the sincerity of Kang’s voluntary resignation. Also, I know that the members have complained to the agency several times about Kang’s actions before, but they were never fixed.” Previously, netizens discovered that Spire Entertainment’s chairman was Kang’s husband.
Recently, OMEGA X created a new Instagram account while on yet another social media ban to communicate about the current situation with FOR X (OMEGA X’s fandom). It appears that members have made the account regardless of the memorandum they signed that stated they would have to take “civil and criminal responsibility if uploading to social media without the agency’s consent.” They even used fan-created hashtags intended to help spread awareness of the abuse that OMEGA X has faced at hands of the company. Previously, Spire Entertainment created a new Instagram account too.
Hello. We created this small communication space to convey the current situation regarding the issues that have happened to us and to thank the fans who love and support us. According to Spire Entertainment, we have all signed a memorandum stating that we will take civil and criminal responsibility if uploading to SNS without consulting the company. We ask for your understanding that although we wanted to communicate with the fans as soon as possible, we had to be very cautious.
We have had happy times since our group activities but also had to endure some painful times. When our situation became known to the public, we were worried that what we had achieved so far would be in vain. But now we have put our fears behind us and decided to be brave.
The eleven members have decided to get back up and not give up on our dreams and take this as our second opportunity. The driving force that allowed us to challenge ourselves and stick to our plans was the fans who waited, believed, and supported us. It was because of our fans that we were able to survive two years.
Although there were days when we wanted to cry because the agency was mistreating us, remembering our fans’ shouts and reading your messages before going to sleep was the only strength that kept us going.
From now on, we will continue moving forward toward our dreams as we always have. We will stand in front of our fans again with good music and performances. The eleven members have the same goal, and the fans have the same dreams as us, and it is something that is the most precious to us that we don’t want to lose again.
We apologize for the delay, and we know that many people have been worrying and waiting for us. Thank you for reading the truth that we took the courage to post. Thank you. From OX. #오메가엑스 #OMEGAX #PROTECTOMEGAX
— OMEGA X
Following Kang’s alleged resignation and the latest Korean media report, OMEGA X shared an additional Instagram update while their activities have been suspended. Read their latest posts below.