On June 23, the legal representatives of both parties Hook Entertainment and artist Lee Seung Gi Appeared at Seoul Central District Court for first hearing on ongoing unpaid income dispute.
Previously, Hook Entertainment filed a lawsuit with the court, asking the court to confirm that all dues of Lee Seung Gi have been fulfilled, and that after paying the artist 5.4 billion won in unpaid, overdue music distribution revenue, there is no more due. In this regard, Lee Seung Gi filed a counterclaim, demanding that Hook Entertainment compensate for the loss of its withholding income.
However, on this day, Hook Entertainment’s legal representative filed a defense that was different from the company’s original complaint, which attracted attention. Rather than insisting that Hook Entertainment had no more due, the company argued that Lee Seung Gi was actually “overpaid” with advertising revenue. Hooker’s legal representative claimed, “The commission that Lee Seung Gi should pay for advertising was reduced from 10 percent to 7 percent, but even after this change, Lee Seung Gi was still paid 10 percent.” Hook then demanded the return of 9 billion won.
Earlier this year, Lee Seung Gi publicly revealed that even after releasing a total of 137 songs in his career, he has never been paid to release music through digital streaming services. When the singer legally requested to disclose his earnings records, he was paid 5.4 billion won (actual earnings plus interest of 1.3 billion won). Lee Seung Gi then donated all of the money he received from Hook Entertainment to charities such as Seoul National University Children’s Hospital, before announcing his intention to continue his lawsuit against Hook for business infringement.
The next court hearing will be on August 25.