The official legal process has started for Tao’s departure from EXO and SM Entertainment.
According to local news source Kookmin Ilbo, Tao has officially submitted through his legal rep a lawsuit to contest his exclusive contract with SM Entertainment to the Seoul Central District Court today, August 24 KST. His legal rep is reportedly the same Luhan‘s and Kris‘s.
Until now, Tao has only effectively been out of his group and SM Entertainment after his father announced this past April the singer’s desire to depart the group. He has since started his solo activities in China with the release of a mini album.
SM Entertainment has issued an official response. It said it will firmly respond to all of Tao’s “illegal activities” through lawsuits and other legal means, both in China and in Korea.
SM Entertainment responds to Tao’s legal actions
On August 24th KST, multiple news sites reported that former member of EXO, Tao, had pressed legal charges against SM Entertainment seeking nullification of contract.
TV Report, one of the most credible Korea media sources reported on SM’s official statement.
SM stated, “Our company plans to use everything in our power including both Korean and Chinese legal professionals and partners to respond legally both in Korea and China in a multi-faceted manner. We also plan to take legal steps to respond to Tao’s illegal promotions and actions.”
Source: TV Report
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