TWICE, as one of the nation’s most popular girl groups, are always at the target of malicious comments. While fans have frequently called for updates on the proceedings, their management has been unable to respond – until now.

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On 24 September 2020, JYP Entertainment released a statement on their official homepage, claiming that they had successfully tracked down and served 3 individuals on the charges of slander. They have been charged between ₩3,000,000 KRW and ₩5,000,000 KRW each. ($2561 USD ~ $4268 USD)

3 individuals, A, B and C have been confirmed to have spread rumors and malicious comments regarding our artists, on specialized online communities. Based on charges for slander and personal information protection laws, they have been charged each with fines of between ₩3,000,000 KRW and ₩5,000,000 KRW each. ($2561 USD ~ $4268 USD).

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JYP Entertainment also assured fans that they recognize the gravity of the situation and have promised to do all they can in terms of protecting their artists. Strong legal action will be taken with every case.

The company is greatly aware that all of these, including personal attacks and slander, can cause large damage to our artists. We recognize the seriousness of such incidents. Hence, we wish to inform you once again that we will definitely not be stepping back in ensuring the protection of our artists’ health and promotions and will not be settling with any party, and take legal action.

— JYP Entertainment

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As they request for cooperation from fans, they also provide a warning to those that are thinking of creating such damaging posts online.

We request the active cooperation of fans and urge everyone to be cautious in order to avoid such cases from arising.

— JYP Entertainment

Perhaps, now with this statement and update, ONCEs can rest a little easier knowing their idols are being protected.

The full statement, translated, can be read below.

Hello. This is JYP Entertainment.

We will be advising regarding the legal proceedings and outcomes, of the lawsuits taken up due to the damage and slander regarding out artist, TWICE. These include spreading of falsehoods and other direct or indirect damage given to the artist.

3 individuals, A, B and C have been confirmed to have spread rumors and malicious comments regarding our artists, on specialized online communities. Based on charges for slander and personal information protection laws, they have been charged each with fines of between ₩3,000,000 KRW and ₩5,000,000 KRW each. ($2561 USD ~ $4268 USD). In the case of A, he had previously also received a fine earlier this year for the same charges. Despite this, he continued his actions.

We wish to inform you that we are continuously reviewing cases and taking the highest legal action possible for all the cases under criminal prosecution. We will still be continuing to monitor the situation internally and collect evidence for submission through specialized legal firms.

The company is greatly aware that all of these, including personal attacks and slander, can cause large damage to our artists. We recognize the seriousness of such incidents. Hence, we wish to inform you once again that we will definitely not be stepping back in ensuring the protection of our artists’ health and promotions and will not be settling with any party, and take legal action.

We request the active cooperation of fans and urge everyone to be cautious in order to avoid such cases from arising.

Thank you.

— JYP Entertainment