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Even through all the criticism, Lai Kuan Lin had no choice but to terminate his contract
Kang Daniel was the first to endure a long-standing legal argument with his agency company. But now it seems like Lai Kuan Lin is following his unfortunate footsteps as he's also going through a similar hardship with his management company.
On July 20th, Cube entertainment, Lai Kuan Lin's agency company, reported that Lai Kuan Lin issued a notice of cancellation of his exclusive contract with Cube entertainment through his legal representative. At the time of the report, Cube Entertainment stated that they did not know why Lai Kuan Lin requested for termination of contract and that the company has done nothing but the best to hold up their bargain. Subsequently, the arrow of criticism was pointed towards Lai Kuan Lin and the seemingly unilateral cancellation of his contract.
On July 22nd, Lai Kuan Lin finally revealed his reason of going through the trouble of ending the contract with Cube entertainment despite public disdain. Biz Enter reported that Lai Kuan Lin's biggest reason of termination of the contract was because Cube entertainment dogmatically handed over management rights of Lai Kuan Lin's Chinese ventures to a third party without consulting Lai Kuan Lin at all. Lai Kuan Lin also stated that Cube entertainment forged his private documents.
Lai Kuan Lin's legal team reported to Biz Enter "On July 25th, 2017, Lai Kuan Lin signed an exclusive contract with Cube entertainment. And on January 2018, Cube Entertainment transferred the management authorities within China to a third party but we have received no prior notice of this,"
"Furthermore, Lai Kuan Lin and his father did not receive any clarifying explanation concerning the transfer of authorities, didn't receive their fair share of profit, and did not agree to the contract statements that Cube entertainment disclosed."
Lai Kuan Lin only found out that his management rights belonged to an unknown third party in April. Lai Kuan Lin had a disagreement with a Chinese agency in March about his appearance in the U&Cube Festival, and during the argument, he found out that he was signed to a Tajoy agency company without his knowledge. Apparently, Cube entertainment earned a major profit by selling Lai Kuan Lin's management rights, concerning the star's ventures in China, to Tajoy Entertainment, but did not notify Lai Kuan Lin or his family about this and thus excluded them from sharing the profit.
Lai Kuan Lin's legal representative further stated, "during the signing of the exclusive contract, Lai Kuan Lin didn't have a stamp so he finished signing the contract with his hand-written signature. So there shouldn't be a stamp mark. But when Cube Ent, sent us documents to certify the contents of the contract, they claimed that there was a contract stamped by Lai Kuan Lin. Lai Kuan Lin doesn't even own a personal stamp, which means someone went against his will and arbitrarily stamped in his place. It's is completely absurd and unacceptable. "
Lai Kuan Lin hoped to solve this problem smoothly within the company without any legal disputes. But when Cube Entertainment refused to reconcile, he was forced into bringing in a legal team to back his claim.
By Yeonseung Kim and Bongbong firstname.lastname@example.org
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