K-pop singer Ailee’s agency YMC Entertainment has responded to the female star’s nude photos unveiled Monday morning through Hallyu news site allkpop, which also released a refuting report against YMC.
According to a Ten Asia article, YMC Entertainment released an official statement Monday afternoon and explained that Ailee took the photo as the camera test of U.S. underwear brand when she resided in the country, which turned out to be a fraud.
“Ailee has been convinced to take nude photos to be judged her figure right. She believed that the photos and her personal information would be protected since its is a named brand, but she got lost contact with the person in charge later,” YMC explained.
“She reported it to the police there and it turned out that it was a fraud that a group of people committed for some female college students,” said the K-pop agency, adding that anxious K-pop singer sent the photos to her ex-boyfriend, who works for allkpop while consulting him.
“The aforementioned facts are all about the case and true. We’re going to take strong legal action against the photo-sender about breaking privacy safeguards. We’ll do our best to save Ailee from further doubts and rumors,” YMC said.
However, allkpop posted an official statement Monday morning in local time to refute the YMC’s official position, titled “6Theory Media response to YMC’s statement on Ailee’s nude photo.”
“Back in June 28, 2013 an individual claiming to be from Canada sent in a tip to us that he had a ‘set of Ailee Nude Scandal Pictures’ and that he would sell them to us [allkpop] for the right offer,” explained allkpop, “At this time, we stated that we were not interested, and this person said he would contact another agency.”
The news site continued to explain that, “As we had good relations with Ailee, we informed our contact at YMC Entertainment that someone had contacted us stating that they had nude photos of Ailee.”
“For Ailee’s sake, we stated to YMC that we would not write anything about this unless the photos were to end up being posted on the internet. We very clearly stated that if the photos were to show up online we would have to write the story as that is our job and duty as a news site.”
allkpop made clear that they would not sit back by saying that, “If legally requested by YMC, we will provide all information to the proper authorities, to ensure that the truth of the matter is revealed. We truly hope that YMC decides to run a full legal investigation, as it will reveal the whole truth of the situation.”