Looks like we’re in the midst of yet another “War of the Words” between Tao and SM Entertainment. Yesterday, SM released a statement following their latest lawsuit against Tao saying that he is essentially willfully and knowingly violating his terms of agreement (contract) and so is everyone helping him to create and release new music as well as promote.
Well today, Tao decided to speak up for himself against these claims. Here’s a snippet of it but you can see the full statement at allkpop.com.
“…SM delayed Tao’s treatments of injuries that he sustained during his celebrity activities due to a lack of basic protection of his livelihood. In addition, SM also had many problems, discriminating between their Korean and Chinese celebrities…There is an exaggeration within SM’s announcement. Blowing up Tao and SM’s contract dispute into a matter of [disturbing] cultural exchange between China and Korea, is an attempt to ruin Tao’s celebrity life through the means of moral criticism. We think of it as a shame that such a statement has been brought up. According to the principles of contract relativity, no third parties should be brought into the lawsuit between SM and Tao, and no resolution will come from doing so…”
So his claim is that SM is not only discriminatory against their Chinese celebrities but they also don’t take care of them either. Tao argues that he had to go all the way to China to receive treatment for injuries sustained while working with SM and they weren’t even open to negotiations with him or his father. All of this is listed in more detail in his full statement.
The way I see it, the longer this thing drags out, the more the bitter feelings and truths are starting to come out. I say “truths” because I am a firm believer in the “3 sides to every story: your side, their side, and the truth” saying.
This doesn’t look like it’s going to play out amicably at all!