IVE Jang Won-young won a lawsuit seeking damages against Mr. A, the operator of the YouTube channel Taldeok Camp, who has continuously harassed K-pop group members.
The Seoul Central District Court ruled in favor of some of the plaintiffs in a 100 million won damages lawsuit filed by IVE Jang Won-young and her agency Starship Entertainment against Mr. A.
In this lawsuit filed by Jang Won-young against Mr. A, the other party did not respond, so partial victory was decided through a false confession. A false confession means that a person is recognized as having confessed a crime if the other party does not refute the facts claimed by the other party.
Jang Won-young filed a lawsuit for damages in October last year, claiming that Mr. A had spread false and defamatory facts through a defector camp. Separately from this, Starship is pursuing domestic civil and criminal lawsuits and overseas lawsuits against defection camps that posted false information about Jang Won-young and other celebrities under her company.
The criminal complaint against Taldeok Camp was recently transferred from the police to the prosecution. Separately, there are two civil lawsuits filed against Taldeok Camp, and the lawsuits other than the one won by Jang Won-young are scheduled to be heard in January.
Starship said, “We operate a constant monitoring system to protect the rights of our entertainers, including their reputation, privacy, and personality, and we plan to take all possible legal measures without agreement in the future regarding defamation of artists and additional cases of damage.”
The following is Starship Entertainment’s official position.
Hello. This is Starship Entertainment.
We would like to inform you of the current status of legal action regarding infringement on the rights of Starship Entertainment artists.
Our company has been pursuing civil and criminal lawsuits and overseas lawsuits since November 2022 against the ‘Taldeok Camp’, which has continuously harassed our artists. ‘Taldeok Camp’ seriously defamed our reputation by continuously spreading false information, which not only interfered with our work but also caused serious pain to artists and fans. Accordingly, our company is doing our best to pursue civil and criminal liability through ongoing litigation.
The criminal complaint filed against Taldeok Camp was recently transferred from the police to the prosecution and is awaiting a strict legal judgment. However, it is believed that no judicial decision has been made at this stage as the matter is still in progress. Separately, there are two civil lawsuits filed against Taldeok Camp. The civil suit filed by our company is scheduled to be heard in January, and the case filed by artist Jang Won-young was ruled in favor of a false confession because the other party did not respond. We plan to inform you again through an official statement after all legal trials are over.
Starship operates a constant monitoring system to protect the rights of its celebrities, including their reputation, privacy, and personality, and plans to take all possible legal measures without agreement in the future regarding defamation of artists and additional cases of damage.
We ask for continued reporting as the reports and materials provided by fans are greatly helpful to our legal preparations and responses.