K-pop group Omega X (Spire Entertainment)
The CEO of Spire Entertainment has resigned, days after allegations of her verbal and physical abuse against the agency’s boy band Omega X made headlines.
Spire Entertainment on Monday evening announced the CEO had resigned from her post as the agency chief through an official statement posted on Omega X’s official fan website.
“We feel a heavy responsibility over the incident. The CEO behind the disgraceful event during the tour has voluntarily resigned (from her post),” the statement read.
Earlier on Oct. 22, an allegation that the CEO, known to be a woman in her 50s identified only by her surname Kang, had assaulted the Omega X members during the band’s US world tour was first raised by a fan who posted an audio file of Kang abusing the bandmates. More witness statements and video evidences of Kang’s such behavior came up over the following days, sparking intense public fury and raising calls for proper protection of the boys and response from the label.
However, Spire Entertainment on Oct. 24 only released a statement saying the situation was a mere misunderstanding between the members and the CEO and that everything has been resolved. There was no explanation about the alleged violence by Kang against the young members.
More reports that the members had been mistreated by the label — which holds a comprehensive legal responsibility to supervise and protect the bandmates during their schedules — continued. It was reported that the bandmates had their original plane tickets back to Seoul from Los Angeles on Oct. 23 canceled by the label and that some of the members had to pay for the new tickets. Kang had reportedly remained in the US following the incident.
Spire Entertainment’s statement on Monday comes after around two weeks of silence from the agency and Kang.
“We express a sincere apology to the members and their parents who have been hurt by the incident and all the fans who have loved Omega X,” the statement said, adding, “We won’t avoid the bitter truths that everyone has told us and will try our best to work them out.”
“We will work to make sure that the members do not face such an event ever again and we will communicate with the bandmates to make a better environment in which the artists can focus on their activities,” the statement added.