Goo Hara’s ex threatens to release their sex tape, and other K-ent news in a nutshell

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Goo Hara’s ex threatens to release their sex tape
Goo Hara’s ex threatens to release their sex tape
05 Oct 2018

Goo Hara’s ex threatens to release their sex tape

In short: Goo Hara is suing her ex-boyfriend for blackmail after he allegedly threatened to release a sex tape of the both of them.

In detail: More details of the fight between Goo Hara and her ex-boyfriend, a hairstylist believed to be named Choi Jong Beom, have emerged as the man allegedly threatened to release a sex tape of the both of them to the media.

The man had sent Hara a 30-second clip of the said clip on instant messaging platform Kakaotalk, and she was later seen on CCTV on her knees in front of him, allegedly begging for him not to release the footage.

However, his lawyers have claimed that he had no intention of blackmailing her with the video, adding that it was Hara who requested for the video to be filmed. His lawyer added that his client sent videos to Hara as “memories to cherish”, and that they have never revealed the clip to others.

Both parties’ claims are currently being investigated, and it has been revealed that the man has since been fired from the hair salon he was working at.

EXO confirms comeback with 9 members’ participation
EXO confirms comeback with 9 members’ participation
05 Oct 2018

EXO confirms comeback with 9 members’ participation

In short: EXO-L have marked their calendars for November 2, as the group’s fifth studio album, Don’t Mess Up My Tempo, will be released with participation from Lay.

In detail: This is the news that many EXO-L have been waiting for: Lay has been confirmed to be a part of EXO’s upcoming studio album, Don’t Mess Up My Tempo. Lay, who has been busy with his personal promotions in China, recorded the Chinese version of the new title track.

This marks EXO’s first Korean release since their special winter album Universe last December, and fans are eagerly anticipating more teasers from label SM Entertainment. The first teaser was released at midnight on October 2, and the company has since released a black-and-white teaser photo of the members on motorcycles as well.

Kim Hyun Joong gears up for acting comeback
Kim Hyun Joong gears up for acting comeback
05 Oct 2018

Kim Hyun Joong gears up for acting comeback

In short: Following news of the actor’s drama comeback, he has been spotted at the script reading session of When Time Stops.

In detail: Earlier in June, Kim Hyun Joong confirmed that he would be making his drama comeback with fantasy romance series When Time Stops. Reports were met with mixed reactions, with his fans expressing their excitement for his first drama in four years. However, there were also netizens who were outraged that he was diving back into showbiz promotions, especially after his messy legal battle with his ex-girlfriend and drunk driving incident last March.

Similarly, photos of Kim Hyun Joong at the drama’s first script reading session also drew negative comments, with some netizens declaring that they will be boycotting the drama should the controversial actor be on board the project.

Epik High leaves YG Entertainment after seven years
Epik High leaves YG Entertainment after seven years
05 Oct 2018

Epik High leaves YG Entertainment after seven years

In short: The veteran group has decided against renewing their contracts with YG Entertainment.

In detail: YG Entertainment announced on October 2 that they, along with Epik High, have decided against renewing the group’s contracts. This comes after their contract with the company expired, and they have also expressed their gratitude towards the members who have worked with them for seven years.

Their statement stated, “We are also cheering for them as they make a new start, and we hope that they always be healthy and happy. We also hope that many will send their support and blessings towards Epik High’s future.”

HyunA and Pentagon’s E’Dawn allegedly leaving Cube Entertainment
HyunA and Pentagon’s E’Dawn allegedly leaving Cube Entertainment
05 Oct 2018

HyunA and Pentagon’s E’Dawn allegedly leaving Cube Entertainment

In short: Reports have emerged that HyunA is in the midst of settling administrative matters before leaving the company

In detail: Last month, Cube Entertainment announced that they would be removing HyunA and Pentagon’s E’Dawn from the company as it was “impossible to recover the faith with the two artistes”. This was after the pair went public with their relationship.

After the announcement, the company backtracked on their statement numerous times, with fans expressing their frustration at the conflicting reports being pushed out. The label then stated they would have a meeting to make the final decision.

After weeks of radio silence, Korean news outlet Ilgan Sports has reported that HyunA and E’Dawn have decided to leave the company as they were unable to come to an agreement. They claimed that HyunA is in the midst of settling administrative matters with the company, such as existing advertising contracts, before she confirms her departure.

Wanna One’s manager receives backlash for violent behaviour towards fans
Wanna One’s manager receives backlash for violent behaviour towards fans
05 Oct 2018

Wanna One’s manager receives backlash for violent behaviour towards fans

In short: On September 28, a video of a Wanna One manager violently pushing a fan at the airport was uploaded on Twitter, and has since garnered more than 48,000 retweets. The matter blew up so much that Swing Entertainment apologised for it, but this has not appeased the public.

In detail: One of Wanna One’s managers has landed himself in hot soup after he was caught red-handed shoving a fan at the airport. The viral video, which clearly shows him shoving a fan so hard that she lost her balance completely, has received plenty of backlash as this is allegedly not the first time the said manager has used violence against fans.

Swing Entertainment apologised on his behalf, saying that they will “reflect deeply” and will “discipline” the person involved accordingly. They also added that they would “do our best to prevent this from happening again”, but this has not appeased the public, who demanded that more serious action be taken against him.

iKON’s Junhoe apologises for controversy
iKON’s Junhoe apologises for controversy
05 Oct 2018

iKON’s Junhoe apologises for controversy

In short: On September 25, iKON’s Junhoe made an Instagram post about Kitano Takeshi, which fans asked him to remove because of the director’s reputation of anti-Korean sentiments. His response to those comments caused an uproar, which he has since apologised three times for.

In detail: Junhoe received a present from Japanese director and comedian Kitano Takeshi, and posted a picture of it on his Instagram. However, fans pointed out to him that the Japanese star had previously made negative comments about Korea, and asked him to remove his post.

He responded to them with comments such as, “Don’t tell me what to do” and “I like him as an artist, so I won’t (remove this). Do I need to delete everything whenever something happens?”, which caused an uproar.

He has since deleted the post and uploaded a handwritten apology. In addition, he apologised once again at the group’s comeback showcase, saying that he “realised once again that I should always treat my fans with gratitude.”

NCT 127 kicks off American promotions
NCT 127 kicks off American promotions
05 Oct 2018

NCT 127 kicks off American promotions

In short: The group’s appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, the 2018 American Music Awards and Mickey’s 90th Spectacular is making waves in the USA.

In detail: NCT 127 is taking America by storm with their multiple appearances at events. In addition to Jimmy Kimmel Live!, the 2018 American Music Awards and Mickey’s 90th Spectacular, the group has confirmed that it will be having an interview on popular morning entertainment programme Good Day LA.

This is also part of the group’s promotions for their upcoming album, NCT #127 Regular-Irregular, which is slated for release on October 6.

Song Hye Kyo, Park Bo Gum officially start work for new drama
Song Hye Kyo, Park Bo Gum officially start work for new drama
05 Oct 2018

Song Hye Kyo, Park Bo Gum officially start work for new drama

In short: The pair, who were previously questioned for choosing to work on the same drama, attended their first script-reading session for Encounter (previously known as Boyfriend).

In detail: The 12 year age gap is clearly nothing to Song Hye Kyo and Park Bo Gum, who have officially started work on their upcoming drama Encounter.

Broadcaster tvN released photos of the pair, along with the rest of the cast, at their first script reading, which was said to have been in August. The crew has praised both leads for their remarkable chemistry, saying that the pair clicked instantly at the session.

The casting has previously raised eyebrows not just because of their large age gap, but also because Song Hye Kyo is married to Park Bo Gum’s label mate and close friend Song Joong Ki.

Park Bom to appear on BIGBANG Seungri’s sitcom
Park Bom to appear on BIGBANG Seungri’s sitcom
05 Oct 2018

Park Bom to appear on BIGBANG Seungri’s sitcom

In short: The former 2NE1 member will be making her first television comeback in five years.

In detail: BIGBANG’s Seungri previously confirmed that he would be part of a Netflix sitcom, YG Future Strategy Office. The mockumentary sees Seungri trying to revive YG Entertainment while working in a powerless department in the company, and Park Bom has been confirmed to be one of the many guests that have completed filming for the show.

Among the other guests confirmed to make an appearance are singers Sunmi, Chungha, Apink’s Naeun, along with actress Yoo In Na.

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