EXO’s Chinese member sues to end contract with SM Entertainment

May 15, 2014


SEOUL (Yonhap) — A Chinese member of the popular boy band EXO filed a lawsuit with a Seoul court Thursday, demanding his contract with South Korea’s top talent agency be annulled, sources said.

In the lawsuit with the Seoul Central District Court, Kris claimed that the management company, S.M. Entertainment, has never respected his opinions and health conditions in deciding schedules for the group’s performances in South Korea and China.

“The company has treated me like a machine part or as an object of control rather than presenting a vision as an entertainer,” the 24-year-old singer whose real name is Wu Yifan was quoted as saying.

The Chinese demanded the contract be declared invalid because he was in no equal position with the agency as one of its trainees at the time of signing it.

EXO is composed of 12 members, of whom four are Chinese and the rest are Korean.

S.M. Entertainment said it is trying to confirm whether he actually filed the lawsuit.

“We’re trying ton find out whether this is true, and it’s very embarrassing,” a company official said. “We will make our best efforts to help EXO’s activities.”

Debuted in 2012, EXO quickly rose to fame in South Korea and China.