HYBE has released their statement regarding the accusations of school bullying against LE SSERAFIM‘s Kim Garam.
In a statement posted on Source Music‘s official Twitter account, HYBE shared that through their own investigation, all of the accusations made against Kim Garam were false and they will take legal action.
Hello, this is HYBE.
We would like to inform you about our position regarding suspicions raised against Kim Garam, who is confirmed to debut as a LE SSERAFIM member, a girl group from Source Music under HYBE.
Since yesterday, there have been accusations made against her on various online communities, and we have conducted our own internal investigation on these claims. The result of our investigation is as follows:
The accusations that maliciously slandered Kim Garam were maliciously edited to overemphasize the events that occurred during a time when she was making friends in her early middle school days.
Contrary to the claims, it was confirmed through a third-party statement that Kim Garam was actually a victim of school bullying such as cyberbullying and malicious rumors when she entered school.
In addition, it was confirmed that the contents posted were not true, such as that she was a trainee at another agency or that she leaked internal company documents.
We believe that these allegations made against her were done out of malicious intent to harm the artist who is about to debut, and we would like to inform you that we will take legal action against the spread of such distorted allegations and false information related to this case.
Therefore, we sincerely ask you to refrain from speculative reporting based on suspicions that are currently being raised online.
In addition, the accusations raised contain defamation of an individual’s character, and she is still a minor before debuting as a celebrity. We would like to reiterate that we will take legal action without any chance of settlement.
— HYBE and Source Music
Earlier, Kim Garam was accused by netizens of school bullying, underage smoking, and underage drinking.