In the midst of the ongoing legal conflict between Samuel and Brave Entertainment, a source close to Samuel, shared details of the unfair treatment Samuel allegedly suffered under the agency.
A hearing was held last month over Samuel’s demand to cancel his contract with Brave Entertainment. Samuel’s team had mentioned not having received a proper payment statement from Brave Entertainment and being forced to participate in the CEO’s personal events as some of the reasons for canceling his contract.
On September 21, Star News revealed an interview with a source close to Samuel who did not reveal his identity. The interviewee began by saying, “I sensed something was wrong when the company took him to the Philippines and Japan.
“When Kim Samuel asked them to show him the statement of his activities since his inception in January 2015, whether there was a profit or a loss, they refused to show it to him. When he started his first solo promotions after “Produce 101” it didn’t look like it would work. So we couldn’t see the account statement for three to four years, and when we finally received it in May 2018, it was not an official account statement, but an unprofessional impression that couldn’t be verified. But when we looked at him closely, there was one item that pointed to a loss of 600 million won (roughly $ 506,800) from his promotions as 1PUNCH.
Referring to Samuel’s past activities as part of the 1PUNCH duo with rapper ONE, the source shared, “They never showed Kim Samuel his contract when he was promoting with ONE. After their debut, ONE appeared. on ‘Show Me the Money’ and immediately left for YG Entertainment, and there was no compensation for the damage to the team. It turned out that the contract did not contain any liability for damages. The contract was like a sham, and ONE’s agency at the time is playing the fool about it.
According to the source, when Brave Entertainment’s attorney said in their recent hearing that Samuel made no profit from his activities, they were factoring in the loss of his promotions as 1PUNCH.
The interviewee then mentioned the events Samuel attended overseas, including in Japan and China. Regarding the event in Japan, the source explained: “[Brave Entertainment] hastened to get him to sign the contract for the event in Japan as if it were a simple consent document for a trip abroad. It was revealed during the trial that [the company] had received 800 million won (approximately $ 675,680) on the condition of an exclusive contract with Kim Samuel, that they did not give him the final version of the contract when the contract said they had to, and that the prepayment of 500 million won (approximately $ 422,300) was omitted from the statement of accounts without his knowledge.
Regarding the event in China, the source said, “It was an exclusive contract between a certain company and Kim Samuel, but [Brave Entertainment] said they couldn’t show him the contract because it was a contract between the two companies that was not related to Kim Samuel. Even during the trial they didn’t reveal the contract, so [Samuel’s side] said they tried to see the contract by filing a criminal complaint.
Previously, Samuel sued Brave Brothers, CEO of Brave Entertainment, for forgery and fraudulent use of private documents, but the charges were dropped by police. The interviewee shared more details about the blockchain-related event related to this lawsuit. “The company used Kim Samuel, a miner, for the CEO’s blockchain activity by cheating and lying to him. The event Brave Entertainment is referring to is as follows: Kim Samuel was used as a decoy at the BRST coin show venue and at 10 p.m. he was forced to sing a song on a seedy little stage at inside a hotel conference. piece unrelated to the event. When we protested that they are showing us the contract because a contract must certainly exist, they reluctantly showed us a contract revealing that he was to attend two more blockchain-related events.
The source pointed out that the main goal of Samuel’s trial was to terminate his contract with Brave Entertainment, adding, “Money issues come second. His contract with Brave Entertainment expires next January and the trial has been extended.
As a final message, the respondent commented: “Nowadays, many children who want to become idols since elementary school sign with an agency and invest their life and time in their agency by trusting them. When I think of the many teenagers who can be treated unfairly like Kim Samuel, it breaks my heart. “
Regarding this, a source from Brave Entertainment told Star News, “We are working hard to resolve the conflict with Samuel smoothly.”
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