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Red Velvet’s Irene Apologizes over ‘Gapjil’ Scandal

Red Velvet’s Irene Apologizes over ‘Gapjil’ Scandal

SEOUL, Oct. 23 (Korea Bizwire) — Irene, a member of popular K-pop act Red Velvet, admitted to allegations that she verbally attacked a stylist during a recent shoot and apologized over the incident. “I sincerely apologize for hurting the stylist with my foolish attitude and careless words and action,” Irene said in an Instagram post [...]

Mnet to Refrain from Producing Audition Shows amid Vote-rigging Scandal

Mnet to Refrain from Producing Audition Shows amid Vote-rigging Scandal

SEOUL, Dec. 18 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korean cable channel Mnet said Wednesday that it will launch no new K-pop audition shows in the future amid a widening police probe into a vote-rigging scandal involving its popular competition series “Produce X101.” “We will refrain from producing audition programs,” Kang Ji-hoon from Mnet said in a [...]

Michelin Guide Embroiled in Controversial Scandal in S. Korea

Michelin Guide Embroiled in Controversial Scandal in S. Korea

SEOUL, Nov. 15 (Korea Bizwire) — Controversy looms following a recent report by the South Korean media that there were ‘financial exchanges’ surrounding the designation of restaurants to be listed in the Michelin Guide Seoul 2020. Michelin strongly denied the accusations, saying that “it’s a scheme committed by those who have nothing to do with [...]

RB Korea Chief Blames Lax Gov’t Supervision for Humidifier Sanitizer Scandal

RB Korea Chief Blames Lax Gov’t Supervision for Humidifier Sanitizer Scandal

SEOUL, Aug. 28 (Korea Bizwire) — The chief of a local humidifier disinfectant manufacturer responsible for the nation’s worst consumer chemical disaster that broke out in 2011 triggered a controversy Wednesday by arguing that the tragedy was caused by insufficient government supervision. Park Dong-suk, CEO of Oxy Reckitt Benckiser (RB Korea), a wholly owned unit [...]

Ex-SK Chem Chief, 33 Others Indicted over Humidifier Sterilizer Scandal

Ex-SK Chem Chief, 33 Others Indicted over Humidifier Sterilizer Scandal

SEOUL, Jul. 23 (Korea Bizwire) — The prosecution said Tuesday it has indicted 34 people, including former company executives, for manufacturing and selling humidifier disinfectants containing toxic chemicals, wrapping up an eight-month reinvestigation into one of the worst scandals involving consumer products. The probe came after a 2011 scandal involving toxic humidifier disinfectants sold by [...]

Local Governments in Trouble over Bad News of ‘Hallyu’ Stars

Local Governments in Trouble over Bad News of ‘Hallyu’ Stars

SEOUL, Jul. 2 (Korea Bizwire) — A recent series of scandals and gossip involving Korean Wave stars has dealt a heavy blow to provincial governments trying to utilize their associations with entertainers to attract tourists. Most recently, the Taebaek city government in Gangwon Province became an unlikely victim when celebrity couple Song Joong-ki and Song [...]