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In a series of emotional tweets today, ZE:A leader Lee Hoo (formerly Junyoung) threatened to leak “explosive” information on Star Empire CEO Shin Joo Hak in the name of protecting fellow group members and fans, setting off a massive firestorm online. A majority of those tweets have since been deleted as of publishing time, but the translations are contained below.
The singer abruptly began his tweets roughly three hours ago, opening with the sentence, “Everyone, you know I love you, right?”
Hoo then described the hospitalization of ZE;A member Taehun, who suffered a nasal fracture during his first-ever mixed martial arts match on September 12, where he went up against Japanese fighter Daisaku Tanaka.
“I wanted to hate [Tanaka] a lot,” Hoo stated. “But I felt that professionals and amateurs are very different. Even if I get hit 10 times, break my nose and fracture my face, I want to hit him at least once. But I heard that it is his last match. Taeheon’s surgery went well and he’s now out of the hospital. And now it might be late, but I send him applause. Fighter Tanaka, please live happily. I think you must know your last match was not that sweet.’
“I hope you know that loss became a sea of tears for someone, and that a lot of people were sacrificed,” he continued. “Since you are a professional and a man, I hope you know. From now on, I will live like a man. I watched the match and I felt a lot of things. I spilled tears, and I think I know what a man is. From now on, since I’m a man, I’ll live my life through my heart.”
Hoo then described his immense concern and anger after he asked Tanaka to stop the fighting as Taeheon bled. “I was his friend, I and was a member who loved him, because we had a concert the next day,” he tweeted. “But this is a broadcast, right? I guess [Tanaka] wanted to air him bleeding even more.”
“Would you have still done it if Taeheon, I, Ze:A’s fans, or the other members were your children? Today, as always, I spent all night just sighing,” he added.
The singer then pledged to “communicate and let the public know everything I’ve been keeping in my heart, what I saw with my eyes and the life I felt through my tears. I’ll hint and promise that my SNS will be the place for me to cry out about all the unfairness.”
“From now on, I’ll live like a human and a man. I won’t pass by if I see unjustness. I shouldn’t keep it all in,” Hoo continued. “All that came back to me were useless curses and the depression that trapped me…There’s nothing long to be said. I believe that a true leader, a true king, and a true sincere person should know how to listen to the cries of his people. I can’t be trickily like a fox, but I will live justly like a lion. No, that’s just my style, I won’t hide it.”
“I will show you what a true leader is, what true sacrifice is, and I’ll show you how tears turn to fury,” Hoo vowed. “If my Twitter account gets deleted, or muted, you can take that to mean that I am being pressured by that kind of influence. But, I’ll break it all.”
The singer then turned his ire to “trusted and loved” Star Empire CEO Shin Joo Hak.
“I asked you not to cross the line…you cross the line that you shouldn’t have,” Hoo stated. “Now you must deal with it. My lid is open. I have dealt with everything, from hair-loss to depressed.”
Hoo then warned Hak to be prepared for a barrage of what he claimed would be “explosive” revelations, tweeting: “I’ll show you what it really means to live as a man. I’ve…tried to ‘[commit suicide.] I saw my parents crying tears of blood in front of the family that I loved.”
“Be prepared. Starting tomorrow, I will be uploading data. No, I’ll explode it,” he said. “Do you remember when I asked if you were laughing at me. I’ll let you know how it feels like for that laugh to turn to horror. You called us your children, right? Your sons? Now, let me ask you the first question. All the money that the 9 songs made bleeding and crying…where did that all go? Reply with your hand on your heart.”
Hoo concluded by vowing to defend ZE:A, which he referred to “my children” and “brothers,” as well as his fans. “From now on, I’ll fight to protect my people,” he tweeted. “I will work to clear the blame of the singers who are being unfairly blamed.”
K-Pop One will continue to update this story as it develops.
Written by Andrew Peng. Jamie Hung contributed to this report.