The chief executive officer of CJ ENM has admitted that the Korean entertainment company is at fault in the vote-rigging controversy related to the “Produce” survival audition TV shows particularly “Produce X 101.”
“This incident is entirely at our fault, no need to justify anymore,” said CEO Heo Min Hwe. CJ’s cable channel Mnet aired the “Produce” series, which produced temporary groups such as IZ*ONE and X1, which are now on hiatus due to the scandal but will resume their activities “as soon as possible.”
“We bow our head apologizing for immensely disappointing you with a series of incidents related to Mnet. In particular, I feel extremely sad when I think about the trauma that so many trainees, who devoted all their hearts to the single dream of making a debut, suffered. I am really sorry,” Heo said, reported Osen.
He added, “We also would like to show our guilt that cannot be expressed in words to the audience and the fans-those who supported the program by spending valuable time to participate in voting via messages. This incident is entirely at our fault, no need to justify anymore.”
Heo said he is aware of his responsibilities as CEO and “I sincerely apologize to everyone. I know there won’t be any measures that are enough to make up for the injuries and frustrations that we cause to you. However, we still want to do the best we can to correct the mistakes and alleviate the hurt that the victims have suffered.”
The company, he said, will compensate “the trainees that got damaged due to the ranking fabrication related to Mnet’s audition programs, including the ‘Produce’ series. We will conduct in-depth discussions with the people involved and take the necessary measures to make financial compensation as well as dealing with the damages practically, such as support for the trainees’ future activities.”
CJ ENM will refund all profits that Mnet has earned through the “Produce” programs that were involved in the ranking manipulation.
Heo said the company will establish a 30-billion won ($26 million) fund that “will be used for developing the environment of the music industry and supporting the sustainable development of K-pop.”
According to him, IZ*ONE and X1 will be resuming their activities, saying, “Considering the mental pain that the members have to suffer, as well as consulting with fans, who support the reactivation of the groups, we will continuously discuss and do our utmost so that IZone and X1 can be active again as soon as possible. “
The vote-rigging controversy has resulted in the indictment of director Ahn Joon-young, producer Kim Yong-beom and six other people last Dec. 3. Ahn and Kim admitted most of the charges and the next hearing is set on Jan. 14.
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