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MLD Entertainment takes action

Louise Lizan

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NANCY debuted in 2016 as a member of South Korean girl group Momoland. PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF IG/NANCYJEWEL_MCDONIE

Legal action has been taken against the offender who had spread illegally manipulated and inappropriate images of Momoland’s Nancy changing her clothes with the help of some staff and stylists. MLD Entertainment also called out those who had taken part in sharing it on various social media platforms.

On 11 January, MLD Entertainment announced it is making sure the perpetrators are caught. Police and judicial authorities overseas are joining forces with the label in this case.

“Through a legal representative, we will also pursue civil and criminal suits for compensation of damages on the basis of violating the Act on Special Cases Concerning the Punishment, etc. of Sexual Crimes, circulating material deemed pornographic by the Act on Promotion of Information and Communications Network Utilization and Information Protection, etc. and violating personal rights,” it said.

MLD said its artist is undergoing “severe emotional turmoil” as a result of the illegal act.

The label added that it will keep an eye out for any damage done to their artists and follow through with legal actions with “no leniency and without settling.”

The statement concluded: “We want to express our gratitude to fans who always love and support our artists. We will continue to do our best in ensuring our artists’ personal and given rights.”

According to reports on Twitter, the picture of Nancy undressing backstage was leaked by a staff member of MLD Entertainment through a Discord server which supposedly has over 500 members. It was taken in Nancy’s waiting room at the 2019 Asia Artist Awards(AAA) held in Vietnam, where she appeared as an emcee.

The AAA’s organizing committee announced that they will actively cooperate with MLD Entertainment in monitoring and with civil and criminal legal responses. They also apologized to Nancy and promised to cooperate with the law enforcement authorities in Vietnam and South Korea.

Fans, especially Merries, condemn those who continue to spread the photos online. “To those with the photo, please delete it. Ultimately, idols are still people and should not be dehumanized to satisfy your hideous desires,” a user said.

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