Korean-American singer Megan Lee is currently under dispute with her agency Soulshop Entertainment, as she has been reported to have filed for her contract to be nullified.
Megan Lee filed for the contract nullification on the 10th at the Seoul Central District Court, with her side stating an unfair contract on her behalf.
In response to her contract nullification request, the agency, Soulshop Entertainment, has released a statement on the afternoon of November 25th saying, “Megan Lee unilaterally participated in the American audition without making any explanations to us. It has caused a huge damage to us, so we are to do our level best with the exclusive contract lawsuit.”
The agency further explained, “On last May 11th this year, an American entertainment agency proposed Megan Lee’s audition to us. We sent an audition clip of Megan to the agency, however until September we have never received any responses, which was 4 months after they received the clip.”
“Later on September the 1st, Megan Lee attended the open audition for the All Shook Up musical and signed the contract on September 12th. After that, on October 21st, we were informed by the American agency that regardless of Megan’s contract with the current agency and the musical All Shook Up, she will attend the final audition for an American drama.”
Soulshop Entertainment further claimed that Megan Lee, after making an unilateral notice to the agency, left the country on November 16th in order to participate in the final audition in U.S.. Accordingly the schedules for the musical All Shook Up were interfered with. Later on November 19th, Megan came back and attended musical practice without informing her agency of her return.
“Megan Lee’s mother only notified to the production team of musical company by email and not us (Soulshop Entertainment), that Megan is no longer attending musical rehearsals, starring in the musical, and that they are going to proceed with the lawsuit. Due to this, all the other participants of the musical All Shook Up and the interested parties and the agency are confronting serious consequences.”
The official position of Soulshop Entertainment:
This is Soulshop Entertainment.
1. We made the exclusive contract for five(5) years as it is clearly stated in the contract. This is shorter than the 7 years, which is specified in ‘Standard Exclusive Contract Form for Entertainer’ by Fair Trade Commission (FTC).
2. We are to inform you that Megan, as a rookie, compared to any other entertainers, has never been disadvantageous as to sharing the profit. Not only for the profits of album selling and music downloads but for the rest, the profit is divided 50:50 after deducting the cost of investment.
3. There is no specific difference between the particulars of agency having all the exclusive rights of management and the Fair Trade Commission’s ‘Standard Exclusive Contract Form for Entertainer’.
4. Megan Lee’s mother Lee Hee Jung sent an email to the representative of The King and I company informing Megan’s future absence for musical rehearse and performance without discussing with us(agency). It was only 7 days before the performance.
The heart of this matter is as following.
On May 11th, 2014, an American entertainment agency proposed Megan Lee’s audition, and we sent the audition clip to the American agency. However, until September, we have never received any responses regarding the audition.
We, Soulshop Entertainment, was proposed All Shook Up musical audition and Megan attended the open audition on September 1st, 2014. On September 12th, we signed the musical contract.
After that, on October 21st, 2014, we were informed by the American agency that regardless of Megan’s current agency, she will be participating in the final audition of an American drama.
Megan Lee left the country on November 16th, 2014, after informing us unilaterally in order to attend the final audition held in U.S.. Due to that, the musical schedules were interfered. Later on November 19th, Megan Lee came back to Korea and participated in musical rehearsal without informing us.
At that time, Megan Lee’s mother Lee Hee Jung informed the musical company’s production team, not us, that Megan Lee is no longer participating in the musical rehearsals and the performances. Due to this, all the other participants of the musical All Shook Up and the interested parties and the agency is confronting serious consequences.
As one of the entertainment professions, we want to make sincere apologies for the bad news. For the lawsuits that will be proceeded from now on, we will do our level best. Once again, Soulshop Entertainment apologizes everyone for causing the anxieties.