SM Entertainment trainee Yoo Jimin was previously swept up in rumors as anonymous posters claiming to be her classmates started circulating on community sites. It was claimed that she had not only insulted BTS, but also her direct label seniors, NCT and EXO.

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A few weeks later, SM Entertainment has finally stepped up to address the claims. The company claims that these posts were fabricated, including the alleged screenshots of chats with her friends.

Recently, there has been malicious rumors about our trainee, Yoo Jimin, on online community sites. Not only were the contents of these posts fabricated, malicious rumors were blown up and our trainee was targeted with baseless criticism.

— SM Entertainment

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Yoo Jimin performing “Want” with SHINee’s Taemin. | KBS

The company has also since lodged lawsuits at their neighbourhood police station, engaging the help of a legal team.

We have engaged Kim and Jang, a legal firm, and have lodged cases with Gangnam Police Station on 14 October 2020, with regards to slander and humiliation targeted at Yoo Jimin.

— SM Entertainment

SM Entertainment promises to strictly monitor the situation and continue to take action if needed.

We will be strictly dealing with the rumors that fabrications posted on online community sites and social media, and continue to monitor the situation actively, taking action where necessary.

— SM Entertainment

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With the rumored girl group up for debut next, it is no surprise that the company has stepped up to protect their artists. The full translation of their statement can be read below.

Hello. This is SM Entertainment.

Recently, there has been malicious rumors about our trainee, Yoo Jimin, on online community sites. Not only were the contents of these posts fabricated, malicious rumors were blown up and our trainee was targeted with baseless criticism. As an artist that has her debut right ahead of her, this seriously damages her reputation as slander and personal attack. As a company, we have to protect our artists and trainees reputations and image, hence we will be dealing with these personal attacks and malicious rumors with the help of a professional legal team. We have engaged Kim and Jang, a legal firm, and have lodged cases with Gangnam Police Station on 14 October 2020, with regards to slander and humiliation targeted at Yoo Jimin. We will be strictly dealing with the rumors that fabrications posted on online community sites and social media, and continue to monitor the situation actively, taking action where necessary.

Thank you.

— SM Entertainment