The members of OMEGA X have shared a group statement after launching a new Instagram account that is not under their agency’s control.
Last month, one of OMEGA X’s fans reported on Twitter that they had seen the CEO of the group’s agency, SPIRE Entertainment, hitting the members after their concert in Los Angeles. The fan also posted an audio recording of the CEO yelling at the group.
As the fan’s report drew attention online, others began to come forward with their own accounts of the CEO’s violent behavior, with some pointing out that a similar story had already been circulating about a woman verbally abusing the group’s members in Chile.
SPIRE Entertainment initially released a statement claiming that OMEGA X and the agency had “resolved all their misunderstandings,” and the CEO also denied that any abuse had taken place in a phone call with SBS News. However, in the same report, SBS News aired video footage of the Los Angeles incident captured in the whistleblowing fan’s audio recording, which clearly appeared to be at odds with the CEO’s claims.
In the wake of the growing controversy, SPIRE Entertainment cancelled the CEO’s and all of the OMEGA X members’ flights back to Korea, causing a great deal of concern for the idols’ safety. However, the OMEGA X members were ultimately able to return to the country after paying for new flights out of pocket with their own personal funds.
On November 6, OMEGA X finally broke their silence to personally speak up about the situation with their agency. After opening a brand-new Instagram account unattached to SPIRE Entertainment, the 11 members of the group posted a joint statement in which they thanked fans for their support and touched on their plans for the future.
OMEGA X—a project group consisting entirely of idols who have already debuted in other groups (most of which have disbanded)—also revealed the reason it took them some time to speak up. According to the idols, they had to exercise caution because they had previously signed an agreement “under pressure” stating that they would have to take “civil and criminal legal responsibility” if they posted on social media without their agency’s permission.
The OMEGA X members’ full statement is as follows:
We created this small space for communication because we wanted to thank the fans who love us and the people who are cheering us on, and we also wanted to directly inform you of the current situation with our own mouths, as the parties involved in this incident.
Under pressure from SPIRE Entertainment, we—the members of [OMEGA X]—previously signed an agreement that “if we upload posts to social media without consulting the company, we will have to take both civil and criminal legal responsibility.” Therefore, we ask for your understanding in regards to the fact that even though we wanted to resume communicating with our fans as soon as possible, we had to be cautious until we had figured out our position on Spire Entertainment.
Although there were happy times after we began our group activities together, we also had to endure painful times as well. Additionally, when our suffering recently became known to the world, we were worried that everything we’ve accomplished up until now would evaporate and go up in smoke. However, we have now decided to put our fears behind us and muster courage together.
Our group was a second opportunity for our eleven members, who gathered together after rising from difficult times of despair and refusing to give up on our dreams.
The only thing that gave us the strength not to give up on our dreams and to take on a new challenge was the fans who wait for us, believe in us, and cheer us on. Thanks to our fans, we were able to endure the past two years. There were days when we received such unwarranted treatment from our agency that it made us want to cry, but our only source of strength that made it possible for us to endure it all was remembering the cheers of our fans and reading their messages of support over and over as we tried to fall asleep.
Just as we have up until now, we plan to continue to chase our dreams up until the very end. We will stand before our fans once again with good music and performances. Our eleven members, who all have the same goal, and our fans, who share our dream, are the most precious things in the world to us, and we never want to lose them again.
As many people worried and waited for us, we apologize for the delay in providing this update. Thank you for reading our sincere feelings, which we mustered up the courage to share, up until the very end.
Sincerely, OX [Omega X]
You can follow OMEGA X on their new Instagram account here.
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