Korean artiste Clara has been cleared of blackmail charges against her former label, Polaris’s CEO Lee Kyu Tae, and charges have instead been pressed against the latter.
Clara was first blasted by the public after messages from popular instant messaging application KakaoTalk were released, showing that she sent questionable texts and pictures to her CEO. Among the messages sent were pictures of her in bikinis, which made many question her motives.
CEO Lee then filed a lawsuit against Clara for blackmail as he claimed that she would go to the police if her contract was not terminated. The police then claimed that the charges held true and handed the case to the Seoul Supreme Prosecutor's Office.
While exact details of the case have not been revealed, the prosecutors concluded that Clara’s grounds of requesting for contract termination after feeling sexually humiliated were sufficient and that there was no blackmail involved.
They continued that CEO Lee had spoken to Clara’s parents in August 2014 and spoke in a manner that could be interpreted as physically threatening to both Clara and her manager.
Following the news, a representative has shared that Clara will be lying low until the buzz dies down and that they will not reveal her future plans, adding that both Clara and her parents suffered emotionally due to the ordeal.