Apink received a death threat call and since then their agency Plan A Entertainment has responded saying they will take legal action and the man behind it all also responds.
Police had arrived at Plan A Entertainment in Gangnam, Seoul around 9 PM KST on 14th June due to a death threat call made against Apink. The group were reportedly at their rehearsal studio at another location where security was sent to protect them.
A pink’s staff posted a statement on Twitter for fans:
“Police were dispatched to Plan A on Wednesday, June 14 at approximately 8:30 p.m., and informed us about the declaration,” said the tweet. “A request for protection for Apink was immediately made. We are currently seeking the cooperation of the police to ensure the punishment of the person behind the threat, and we will do our best for [the group’s] protection in the future.”
Later on, Plan A Entertainment released a statement to reassure fans strong legal action will be taking place so threats like doesn’t happen again:
“This is Apink’s agency Plan A Entertainment. We would like to thank everyone for their concern regarding the incident that happened overnight. Here are the details on the incident and the current status.
“On June 14, 2017 at 7:40 p.m., the police was dispatched to Plan A Entertainment’s headquarters in Nonhyeon-dong, Seoul. According to the police, someone had called 112 and claimed, ‘I will go to Apink’s agency’s headquarters on June 14 at 9 p.m. and kill the members with a knife.’ At 8:30 p.m., six police officers from the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency were positioned around the building. At that time, the members were located at their practice room in the Gangbuk District of Seoul, and the regional patrol division was dispatched [to the practice room] to prevent any accidents. At 10 p.m., the culprit did not show up, and the police officer interviewed the agency staff about the situation for further investigation. The members, who had halted their practice session, returned to their dorms at 10 p.m., and the agency positioned staff members around the dorms to stay on the lookout.
“2. Current situation
“The Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency is investigating the case, and the agency is paying careful attention to its progress. We will cooperate diligently with the police to find out the identity of the culprit. Fortunately, Apink members have no activites scheduled for this day (June 15). They are refraining from going outside, and in the case that they have to leave their dorms, they are being accompanied by their manager to ensure their safety. We have also requested private security companies for assistance, and all members will be closely followed by bodyguards.
“3. Our stance
“We will cooperate closely with the police to finalize the case and continue to implement increased safety measures. Furthermore, we will do everything we can to figure out the culprit’s identity. We will be taking stronger measures against the malicious comments and threats that are being made against our artists. We will take strong legal action to prevent this from happening again. We would like to thank the public and the fans for their concern, and also the many police officers who have taken care of the incident and ensured our safety with a prompt response.”
Media agency OSEN said the man who sent the threat contacted them because he states the details are not true and he claimed the reason for the threat is because Apink was on a reality program where it featured the girls going on blind dates with male actor trainees.
“It is not true that I threatened to kill them because Apink’s agency sued me for malicious comments. I called just twice. I also never disturbed the company’s work.
As a fan of Apink for six years, I spent a lot of time and money on Apink. To see Apink on blind dates with not even actors, but actor trainees, I felt betrayed. I called their agency to complain, but they gave a vague answer saying they didn’t know, which made me angry. So I called the police with the death threat.
As of now, I don’t plan to turn myself in, I never thought of actually harming Apink.”
Hayoung then responded to the incident via Twitter
“Our Pandas, family members, and company staff worried a lot because of the unfortunate incident last night. We were shocked and also felt anxious when we first found out, but we were also upset when we found out why it happened and what the situation was.”
“But we thought that our Pandas would be worrying more than us, so that is what actually worried us more. We are preparing hard for our comeback and practising and being careful, so don’t worry!”