Beleaguered agency SM Entertainment has refuted today claims by three DBSK members about unfair treatment, disadvantageous contract, and harsh schedules.
In a press release issued today, SM Entertainment said from their debut in 2004 up to July 2009, DBSK members have received a total of 11 billion won (about US$8.97 million) in addition to giving them cars which were not part of the contract.
If SM is to be believed, each of the five DBSK members got US$326,424 per year.
SM said the amount was given to DBSK despite that the company was experiencing deficit for four years since 2004.
The company also said DBSK members were consulted about their schedule to refute the allegation by DBSK members that they were working nonstop, and only getting three to four hours of sleep.
SM said the involvement of the three in the cosmetics business was the reason for the case.
It added that according to Fair Trade Commission rules, there is no provision which prohibits a company from contracting singers for more than seven years. It also said the exclusivity clause in the contract was amended five times.
However, the lawyer representing the three DBSK members denied SM’s answers, saying the case was filed because of the unfair contract and not because of the cosmetics business.
The members said the 13-year-contract was too long and that they didn’t receive proper treatment from SM.