Former EXO member Tao files lawsuit against SM Entertainment; Says company 'mistreated' him
Former EXO member Tao, aka Huang Zitao, has found himself tied up in a lawsuit with SM Entertainment. The 23-year-old KPop singer filed a lawsuit against the company demanding that he be released from his contract with the company, saying he was being 'mistreated' by the agency.
International Business Times reported that the feud between Tao and SM Entertainment has been making headlines recently after Tao filed a lawsuit against SM Entertainment after apparently being 'mistreated' by the company. According to Tao, the firm he once was loyal to had been making false accusations of the Chinese entertainer in hopes of ruining his career.
The 23-year-old filed his contract nullification lawsuit last August 24, 2015 at the Seoul Central Court. In the documents filed, the entertainer revealed that the record label exploited basic human rights and indulged in unfair treatment of people they are working with.
A representative of the young celebrity stated, "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."
According to Movie News Guide, Tao obtained injuries which needed treatment while working as part of the EXO group. Despite his injuries that caused him severe mental and physical stress, the company failed to assist the popular boy band member, and even declined the considerable negotiations Tao and his father proposed to the company eight times.
However, according to Yibada, SM Entertainment fought back and filed a lawsuit against the singer last September 18, 2015. In the lawsuit, SM Entertainment stated that Tao was still under a contract with their agency when the 'Huang Z. TAO Studio' owner released his own solo album.
With the continuous rift between the former EXO member Tao and SM Entertainment, fans are left worried what could possibly happen next. A total of three members of the group have already left EXO and another two are reportedly in the process of doing the same. This being said, many are starting to believe that SM Entertainment may not be keeping their side of the deal when it comes to looking after their members.