Four of Kara‘s members, Han Seungyeon, Goo Hara, Jung Nicole, Kang Jiyoung announced that they have submitted notices of the termination of their exclusive contracts to DSP Entertainment with the exception of their leader Park Gyuri.
On January 19th, Kara’s lawyers, Landmark, released a statement saying that DSP has destroyed their relationship with the members to the point where it cannot be recovered.
Some major points mentioned were that the four girls have been suffering for a long time and have come to this decision after intense consideration and thought.
Their lawyers say that they were forced into extreme schedules that were not discussed with them beforehand in any capacity and the girls have endured psychological damage.
The lack of trust between DSP and Kara was also highlighted and their lawyers say there are many more issues they have not yet revealed.
A person close to Kara clarified the situating saying that disagreements among the members were not the cause and even though Gyuri hasn’t joined the other four, their relationships with one another are stronger than any other idol group. The person also noted that there were communication problems between Kara’s families and their agency as well.
DSP Media Entertainment responded by saying that they will be coming out with an official statement and that they are trying to comprehend the situation.
Having just recorded incredibly high ratings for their debut Japanese drama, Urakara, the drama’s future as well as any other Japanese promotions are uncertain as leader Gyuri has not participated in the termination. Urakara aired on January 14th and recorded high ratings of 4% even with it’s midnight timeslot.