Girl Group YellowBee’s Agency Announces Disbandment, Member Ari Reveals Sexual Harassment And Neglect From Agency Staff
Following the announcement of K-pop girl group Yellow Bee’s disbandment. Conflicting statements have been released between the label and one of the group’s members.
On July 31, Addiction Entertainment, Yellow Bee’s agency, uploaded a statement on Yellow Bee’s official fan café.
The statement reads:
“Yellow Bee, who debuted in 2017, was preparing for their third digital album ‘DVD’ after a change in the member lineup. We had planned to continue Yellow Bee’s activities, but due to promiscuous behaviour in member B’s private life, the agency and the members were unable to come to an agreement. Based on this, the agency made the internal decision to disband the group. We are deeply sorry to the fans who were waiting for the album.”
After this was posted, Ari, a member of Yellow Bee took to Instagram to refute the agency’s shocking statements.
“Hello, this is Ari. I ask for your understanding even if this statement is somewhat disorganized. I believe that since this issue has gotten bigger, I need to explain myself.
We are not a group that is famous enough to call for explanations, but the articles about us now are showing more interest in us than there was when we debuted. This kind of overwhelming interest confused us and spread the stories even more.
The agency had stated that one of our members was promiscuous. I don’t know what the agency means by the word ‘promiscuous.’ Is it promiscuous if a man and a woman just stand together outside? Are all people promiscuous? It is absolutely not true that she was promiscuous. This is something the agency exaggerated. That member was not the one to engage in promiscuous behaviour. In fact, it would not be wrong to say that it was the agency who engaged in such behaviour.
There were incidents of sexual harassment and sexual assault from the managers and agency staff. A staff member tried to drag one of the members to the practice room to sleep with her. Lots of people were present at the time, but only the other members stopped him from dragging her off. There were also instances where they asked us to call them “oppa” or touched our thighs. A former manager said unbelievable things like, ‘I’ll give you a baby so let’s go to a motel’ and ‘Daddy’s seeking you out because he knows you.’”
There were also several incidents in which they would call us at dawn and ask us to serve alcohol to people whom they said were investors. We kept quiet and kept going because we wanted to be singers. These incidents were really shocking at the time and even now they remain traumatic memories. Furthermore, we were never paid, and there were times when we had to pay for costumes, shoes, and video editing ourselves.
We had to go to a Japanese event once, and the CEO had to leave for the airport at 5 a.m. But he said that he was the only one who could take us there, so he took us to the Gimpo Airport at 5 a.m. and gave us a card and told us to figure out our airplane tickets by ourselves. He then left us alone. We had never even bought plane tickets on our own before. Only the leader, Ryuhee, had a phone, so we had to contact various people in order to figure out how to get tickets. We had to get cheap tickets, so it took a long time. The takeoff time was 1 p.m., so we sat at Gimpo Airport for eight hours. The tickets were for Incheon Airport, so we took all our clothes, album posters, and personal items to the Incheon Airport by ourselves and boarded the plane.
When we were in Japan, the five of us had to work alone without a single staff member. The people there knew that our CEO had returned to Korea by himself. This is not promiscuous behaviour, but we were not treated properly. This inappropriate treatment is why we said we would quit the group, not because of a member’s promiscuous behaviour. Everything I have written until now are only a few examples of the kind of treatment we received.
From the very start, we were at odds with the agency because of what they called our promiscuous behaviour. However, we ignored that and worked hard in order to achieve our debut, so it’s ridiculous that they would use that as an excuse for our disbandment. This was included in the certification of contents that we sent to the agency.
The agency is making us look bad, and we don’t know how to respond, so I’ve appointed myself our representative to write this. Thank you for reading this long post.”
Yellow Bee is a five-member girl group that debuted in November 2017 with the digital single “Hiccup.” The group’s original lineup was Berry, Boyeon, Rozy, Seona, and Somee, but in 2019, all five members were changed. The current lineup is Ryuhee, Annie, Ari, Soye, and Seolha.
This is so sad.
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