BIGHIT MUSIC has issued a strong response against online abusers and stalkers infringing on BTS's rights. Legal measures, including criminal complaints, have been initiated to combat defamation, harassment, and hate comments. The label's resolute stance on safeguarding the artists has earned praise from ARMYs, despite the challenging nature of tackling stalking, which is still not considered a serious crime in South Korean law.
In an official statement released on September 27, BIGHIT MUSIC detailed its stringent actions against individuals who engaged in malicious online activities targeting BTS. The company expressed its commitment to protecting the artistic and personal rights of the group, addressing issues such as defamation, sexual harassment, the spread of false information, and hate comments.
Notably, BIGHIT MUSIC highlighted a specific case involving an individual who habitually posted violent and highly abusive comments across various online platforms. The label compiled evidence and filed a criminal complaint against this individual, potentially leading to criminal charges.
Moreover, BIGHIT MUSIC addressed the pressing concern of stalkers and sasaeng fans who have violated BTS's privacy over recent months. The label described its proactive approach in dealing with individuals who repeatedly sent mail and packages to the artists' residences, causing harm to their families. Criminal complaints on charges of stalking were filed, resulting in the issuance of an interim restraining order as the prosecution conducted investigations.
Here is the statement below:
“During this quarter, we filed multiple criminal complaints with law enforcement agencies based on evidence related to acts infringing on the rights of the artists, including defamation, submitted by our fans as well as collected through our own monitoring…Furthermore, among the defendants in this round of legal actions, there was an individual who repeatedly posted violent and offensive abusive comments on portal site news sections. This individual regularly engaged in dozens of cases of high-intensity malicious commenting across various articles. We have compiled all verified comments and filed criminal complaints against the individual.”
Despite initial setbacks, BIGHIT MUSIC persisted in seeking justice. After filing objections and pushing for reinvestigation, the suspects were eventually found guilty of personal attacks and defamation against BTS members, resulting in legal penalties.
BIGHIT MUSIC affirmed its unwavering dedication to eliminating illegal activities against its artists, emphasizing a strict no-settlement and no-leniency policy. ARMYs have commended these efforts, hopeful that such stringent actions will discourage future perpetrators.
The issue sheds light on the challenges of addressing stalking in South Korean law, and fans remain hopeful for broader societal changes regarding this issue.