ZE:A'S LEADER IS GOING AGAINST HIS CEO FOR JUSTICE FOR HIMSELF AND HIS MEMBERS NOT TO MENTION OTHER SE ARTISTS/TRAINEES. PLEASE JUST SUPPORT AND TALK ABOUT THIS, SO LEE HOO CAN WIN THIS AND ZE:A'S FANS CAN FEEL THE SUPPORT. THIS IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT.
"To all of the agency presidents and management, take care of your issues, fix your mistakes, apologize and acknowledge them.. what I, what we want is to put down everything and get the hearts of your artists."
Can we just talk about how BRAVE Lee Hoo is? He is speaking for every k-pop artist.
We should support him, guys. This is more important than dating “scandals”, please don’t forget this.
To cap whats happening, Lee Hoo is taking over power of Star Empire Entertainment and will continue to expose the injustices of the industry. He is asking that you stay tuned and keep supporting ZE:A and himself!
““I finished speaking with PresidentShin Joo Hak, It has been decided that Star Empire will be operated by me, by us, as a ZE:A company. I promised all of you that ZE:A’s Day will be coming, I said I will either knock it down or absorb it … now is the time for you to protect us.. But the truth is…”
"Lastly, President Shin Joo Hak who lost everything and was left with empty pockets… I still deplore and hate you but you were our President for 8 years. You were my responsibility and.. that responsibility.. I’ll take the shaming from the public and the fans. Myself and President Shin Joo Hak will take the responsibility. The contract has been flipped, we now receive 7 to every 3 for the President.”
“What I want to say is, with this incident, I know that many other agency presidents are having problems with contracts. I will close my mouth so please fix the problem and treat your artists better. I will make this last request politely. If they can hear my heart ..”
“We will start fresh from the very beginning.. put everything down and consider it my baby.. I humbly request that you do it one more time.”
“And to everyone, the fans, the reporters, who helped us.. thank you. Thank you so much for revealing our truth. To everyone reading this… in the name of ZE:A, the singers, the actors, the dancers, the variety people, and in the name of our seniors, friends, juniors and all of the artists… putting ZE:A and my name, Lee Hoo, on the line, I wanted to tell you that we will live bravely.”
these articles by allkpop and koreaboo were published on the issue with the translated tweets before they were deleted;
“ZE:A’s leader Lee Hoo (Junyoung) reveals he’ll be revealing explosive secrets about Star Empire’s CEO"
Please stay behind ZE:A and their leader. This company is home to 9Muses aswell, for those of you who don’t know, but you’d know that 9M is constantly revolving members.The idols of Star Empire need help of the public because the company will try to shut them down. It’s really so heartbreaking to see a leader at his breaking point, enough to turn against the CEO.
All these groups deserve better treatment, they’re all so humble and talented and you don’t know this because of the company. They’ve been neglected and abused, and it’s really time for it to stop.
There are’t much I can do except to keep you all in my prayers and wish for the best for all of us. It’s hard, I know, but I hope you all know too that we will support you, well… I’m pretty sure you guys know that already, my dorks :) For the nine of you who deserve nothing but happiness and more, I give you my trust, that you all are strong and we can go trough this together. It will get better, everything will get better… One day, we will cry tears of happiness together, no more sadness. Please keep in mind, my loves, stay safe, stay healthy, eat a lot and hold each others hand tightly, just like how we, fans will claps our hands tightly and wish for your well being. Everything will be fine, as long as we stay together. We are strong, aren’t we? :) Don’t give up, let’s prove that we can go through this together. I’m proud of each and every one of you. Stay positive! It will get better! I love you all, ZE:A and ZE:A’S, you are all mine! ^^
“i just finished talking with shin joohak ceo. we decided that star empire will be run by myself and us, and we turned it into us ze:a’s company. i promised you guys on ze:a’s day. i’ll either tear them down or eat them up… from now on, please protect us.. but the truth… the files…”
“in the end, having lost everything and become penniless… i still loathe and hate him, but still shin joohak ceo was a mentor that i served for 8 years.. i’ll receive the scolding from the public and the fans. that kind of harsh words, shin joohak ceo and myself will take it on. we’ll reverse the contract so we receive 7 and ceo receives 3 (note: the ratio of splitting profit out of 10)”
“we changed it. what i want to say through this is that i understand that a lot of management company ceos have a lot of contract problems.. i’ll shut up, so please amend the contracts and treat them like actual artists. i humbly request of you. through your heart.. if your hearts can agree..”
“really with a heart of starting all over again.. just put it all down and think that ‘that’s my child’.. i humbly request that you think that just once more.. and all the public, fans, and reporters who helped me… thank you.. from the bottom of my heart, thank you for allowing us get justice. from now on”
“for everyone who reads my words.. on behalf of ze:a, who sings and acts and dances and goes on variety shows.. and our sunbae, fellow, and hoobae, and all other artists.. i will bet my changed name lee hoo and ze:a.. and i dare to tell you that i will live life to its fullest and hardest.”
“but i… i will be quiet for a little while, not as a coward. i will be watching.. all entertainment company ceos and management, please take care of your internal issues, make amends, apologize, and accept. what we want is for you to let everything down in your hearts and earn the hearts of the artists…”
“in the future, should something like this happen again.. this entertainment industry that i can see and ehar and feel.. please remember that i have a weapon capable of bringing it to chaos. i’m sorry that i’ve caused such an uproar and thank you again. thanks to everyone, we have regained the meaning to the words hope, goals, and dreams. thanks you.”
“because there seems to be people who are misunderstanding me.. i’ll tell you ze:a’s internal management stories. it’s not that the ones who aren’t working are taking money. when i was injured, i didn’t have a profit for 2 years.. 0 won.. we don’t split our earnings 1/n. i won’t say anything more. thank you.”
“public sentiment can become a trending topic or an idiot all of a sudden. scolding me because i didn’t reveal anything too shocking.. he’s the same. in the end, it’s all because of money. these kinds of opinions, i won’t pay attention to them. even my dad has never slapped me in the face when i was young.”
“i was just a student who started this because i liked singing. but to be slapped in the face and just endure it and quietly bury it in my heart while doing something i like.. that’s a little.. everyone, please help me to conserve my words. please.. i’m sorry. i will temporarily suspend this war and see you later.. againk thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
“yes, that’s correct. i’ll drive a nail to my heart. for the reason that I am a man, that i am the leader, i have been slapped by star empire’s ceo shin joohak on behalf of ze:a. it’s not just once or twice. this kind of shocking information.. i’m a person, too. if i was after money, from the very beginning.. sigh…..”
“and… please don’t scold the members.. please don’t. honestly, they haven’t done anything wrong, and they’re nice kids who works hard and does what they’re asked.. instead, scold me and scold ceo shin joohak. for whom have i done all of this.. please think it over once more. i ask of you. if i have done something wrong, i will accept the punishment.”
“i’m sorry. and thank you.”
and that’s it. it’s a really rough translation since i did it on the fly as he was tweeting, but i thought the fans and the public who have been waiting all night to hear the news deserved to know the aftermath.
UPDATED 1:29PM EST: added two more tweets.
UPDATED 1:45PM EST: added one more tweet.
UPDATED 2:00PM EST: added two more tweets.
UPDATED 3:35PM EST: added three more tweets.
IMPORTANT UPDATE: he’s been tweeting again, and there’s a new post for it here with the translation.