JYP announces intention to seek re-investigation of ITZY + ‘s Lia case explains details
In February, one of Lia’s classmates (hereafter referred to as “A”) posted a message to an online community claiming to have been abused at school. A wrote that a “famous female idol born in 2000” borrowed money from a classmate without returning it, said bad things about her to other students and returned it and other outcasts for no reason. When the post went live, JYP Entertainment responded by stating that they had already filed a defamation lawsuit against A and that investigations were underway.
Earlier this week, Incheon Yeonsu Police Station revealed that A was ultimately cleared of her libel charges, explaining that there was not enough evidence to prove the claims made in the mail were false. .
On June 15, JYP Entertainment released a detailed statement announcing its intention to seek a re-investigation into the case against A. The agency also pointed out that while police dropped the charges against A “because she failed to proof that the messages were false, “police also said” they did not recognize that the messages were true … [meaning] their decision not to forward the case to the prosecution did not mean that they confirmed that Lia had participated in violence at school.
It’s JYP Entertainment.
We inform you of our company’s position on the Lia-related case of our artist ITZY which was recently reported in the media.
1. When we first filed a complaint against [the individual in question], we were not filing a complaint against a victim of school violence, but a complaint against posts and comments that we found to be malicious, like the ones below.
[Image of various posts and comments accusing Lia of having been a bully in middle school, four of which JYP later explains were written by the same individual under different online nicknames.]
The above posts were posted to online communities for two years, starting in 2018. It was impossible for us to know who was posting them and these were not concrete complaints of violence at school. .
Based on fan reports and our routine post monitoring, our company currently has a system in place to regularly take legal action against malicious online posts. As part of this system, we ended up taking legal action against the above positions in December 2020.
2. During the police investigation, we learned that out of the five messages above, four of the messages were written by the same person changing their pseudonym online, while one message was written by a person different.
However, while the police were still investigating the case, a person who appeared to be the author of the above posts wrote to another online community last February that they were being investigated by the police. . The writer complained in the post that they and their acquaintance had been abused at school, but soon after, someone who appeared to be the acquaintance mentioned in the original post pointed out posted his own post on the same online community, claiming that he did not consider the incident to be school violence and that they thought it was okay. After that, the author of the original message repeatedly downloaded messages before deleting them.
3. After our legal representative filed a complaint on Lia’s behalf and responded with legal action, the police decided not to forward the case against the two perpetrators. [malicious] posts at the prosecution. However, the police said in their press interviews that even though they decided not to take the case to the prosecution because they did not have proof that the messages were false, they did not recognize the messages. were true. In other words, they were saying that their decision not to forward the case to the prosecution did not mean that they were confirming that Lia had participated in violence at the school.
As a result, our artist and the company are considering filing an appeal and re-investigation of the charge of character defamation through lies. This is because we want the truth to be clearly revealed by further investigation.
Indeed, we believe that while it is unacceptable that there are victims who have suffered unjustly [school violence]It is also unacceptable that there are victims who suffer because of false accusations and distorted statements.