Controversial agency SPIRE Entertainment remains under scrutiny after reports of them cutting off OMEGA X members’ access to their official fancafe.
Korean news outlet Sports Kyunghyang reported that the agency prevented OMEGA X members from accessing their fancafe. They’ve done this by changing the members’ individual passwords without warning. Few members regained access to their accounts.
SPIRE Entertainment responded to the reports, claiming that a change in the staff member in charge of fan marketing led to changing members’ passwords for their official fancafe. The agency said, “After the transition is complete, [the OMEGA X members’] access will be restored, and we will immediately make it possible for them to resume communicating [with their fans].” They added that this was not intentional nor an act of revenge, as the password change was a temporary measure for security purposes. “We did not intentionally cut off communication between [the members] and their fans; it was a measure we took to prevent the leak of their personal information during the process of changing the staff member in charge of fan marketing. At present, each member has been issued a new password, and they are now able to access the fancafe.”
OMEGA X remains strong amid the legal dispute with SPIRE Entertainment. Though the agency’s CEO stepped down after her physical and verbal abuse towards the members was unveiled, more allegations surrounding the agency’s mistreatment are coming to light. Many believe that the ‘unintentional’ change of passwords was an act of retaliation after OMEGA X announced that they filed a lawsuit to terminate their contract with SPIRE Entertainment and file criminal charges against the agency’s chairman.
According to law, as fans cited, OMEGA X can sue SPIRE Entertainment on the grounds of violating the Information and Communications Act, Article 71. The punishment may take up to five-year imprisonment, and pay 50 Million KRW for misusing personal information without the other party’s permission/consent.