BIGHIT MUSIC recently released a statement on Weverse addressing recent updates on the action taken to protect their artist, BTS, against those who have undertaken malicious activities against the group, including defamation.
On March 31 (KST), BIGHIT MUSIC posted a statement updating fans on the legal proceedings that are occurring against those who have tried to defame the members of the group. In particular, they explained the proceedings against recent perpetrators who were made aware to those in the company.
Malicious postings, including acts of defamation and insult, are being investigated to ensure the perpetrators will be prosecuted to the full extent.
In an English statement on Weverse, the company explained that the company had filed multiple criminal complaints.
We have recently filed multiple criminal complaints using new information provided by fans as well as collected through our monitoring initiatives. We have filed criminal suits after reviewing personal attacks on online channels and online posts containing defamation.
— BIGHIT MUSIC
In particular, the company updated fans on two specific cases and the seriousness of what they did alongside the possible consequences for the actions against BTS.
We have filed a suit against a perpetrator who has injured our artists’ reputation and spread false information by putting together rumors about BTS with malicious intent for defamation and obstruction of business. Under the Criminal Act, Article 314 (1), a person who committed obstruction of business may face up to five years in prison or be fined up to 15 million won.
We have also sued another perpetrator for defamation after receiving reports about this perpetrator’s posts containing false information about our artists grounded on serious levels of delusion and nonsensical logic not only on social media sites, online communities, DC Inside, YouTube but even on a product review section of a commercial brand website.
— BIGHIT MUSIC
Although there was no confirmation of who the company was referring to, many pointed out it may have been in reference to a YouTube that had been spreading malicious rumors of idols online. A fan posted about it on Weverse, and BTS’s V responded, saying that he would proceed with a lawsuit.
When the announcement was made, ARMYs went on social media to praise the proactiveness of the company in dealing with the malicious haters.
As always, BIGHIT MUSIC is ensuring that BTS is protected from any form of defamation and proving they are taking action.