JYPE backs ITZY's Lia and slams bullying allegations as 'false', here's the truth behind the rumors
In a series of bullying allegations against various K-pop superstars, ITZY Lia was also accused of bullying in school. Days after the row started, JYP Entertainment has finally addressed the allegations and claimed them to be false. The agency added that the perpetrator has tried to spread false information before. Here’s the truth about the controversy.
JYP Entertainment put out a statement that read, “We share our position regarding the online post that is causing speculations about our artist Lia. This is a case in which we sued the writer of the post last year for defamation by spreading false rumors. We inform you that the investigation on this case is ongoing and that we are awaiting the results according to formal legal procedures.”
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What was the allegation?
According to an online forum post, an anonymous user accused “a female idol who was born in 2000 and has straight shoulders” for using violent methods in school and bullying a classmate. The user claimed that the idol borrowed money from the user’s classmate and didn’t return, manipulated another person and made that person an outcast, and later the idol with her group of friends bullied the ones who asked for the money back.
The accusatory post also claimed that the anonymous accuser made a post on an online community page after hearing about the idol’s debut in a big agency, and was sued for defamation.
Truth behind the rumors
JYP Entertainment stated, "This matter is completely false, and we relay our plans to push further charges regarding the matter and also take strong legal action against any deeds that defame our artists and cause disruption to their promotions through such things like malicious comments and spreading false rumors.”
'Leave my princess alone'
Fans have shared that it was Lia herself who was bullied in school, hence the accusation doesn’t make much sense. A user stated, “They really accuse the girl that has been bullied online since her trainee days as a bully, doesnt make sense…” Another stated, “The way these knetz are accusing mostly idols who are harrassed/bullied by knetz on vlive and social medias!” A fan shared, “Lia has a lot of friends in kpop industry and you're telling me she can do that??? Bullsh*t leave my princess alone !!”
They really accuse the girl that has been bullied online since her trainee days as a bully, doesnt make sense...— Jo (@Marbletokki) February 25, 2021
The way these knetz are accusing mostly idols who are harrassed/bullied by knetz on vlive and social medias 🤔— Dooremix⁷ ₪ 🇨🇵 ₪ #protectnayeon (@Gaulrmi2) February 25, 2021
Lia has a lot of friends in kpop industry and you're telling me she can do that??? Bullsh*t leave my princess alone !!— 🦁 (@ericotton_) February 25, 2021
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