Luhan’s fight against SM Entertainment is getting ugly. The K-pop star sued the management company earlier this year, claiming his contract was invalid. Now, documents from the lawsuit reveal why Luhan is so determined to leave EXO.
“SM treated EXO-K, filled with Korean members, differently from how they treated the EXO-M members with Chinese members,” Luhan said in the lawsuit. “From the beginning of our debut, EXO-K received support from SM and actively did promotions, but EXO-M had no promotions, received no financial backing, and endured a difficult time.”
[Luhan] had expressed that he wanted to focus on individual activities in China rather than moving as a group with EXO due to health issues, and we were in the middle of discussing his future activities, so this sudden lawsuit is puzzling,” SM Entertainment’s statement about the lawsuit read in part. “However, seeing that, just as in the case with Kris, Luhan filed for a lawsuit with the same law firm in the same way without reason makes us think that after gaining popularity with the group, he is now prioritizing his own personal benefit with disregard for those affected by the termination of his contract. Moreover, it seems that there is a behind-the-scenes influence.”
Indeed, a month before Luhan filed this lawsuit, he revealed that he would be missing some EXO shows because of exhaustion. It’s unclear if this played any role in his decision to sue SM Entertainment.
For the moment, this legal battle is heading to court-ordered mediation. But if Luhan and SM Entertainment cannot come to an agreement, the issue will be settled back in court.
This is a difficult time for SM Entertainment, which is also dealing with Jessica Jung’s shocking departure from Girls’ Generation. Jung claims she was forced out when her fellow members complained about her putting her fashion line ahead of her music career. Both sides seem to be moving on just fine since Jung’s exit, but it’s unclear if SNSD’s record sales will suffer without one of its most popular singers.