South Korean labels Hybe and Source Music jointly announced the termination of singer Kim Ga-ram’s contract and her removal from the girl group Le Sserafim on Wednesday.
The agencies stated, “We extend our sincerest apologies to our fans and to those who have shown love and support to the group for causing concern over the controversy involving the member. LE SSERAFIM will continue their activities as a five-member group.”
A full statement can be read below:
[공지] 르세라핌 향후 활동 계획 안내 pic.twitter.com/OUZBSFgjeb
— SOURCEMUSIC (@SOURCEMUSIC) July 20, 2022
Kim Ga-ram, 16, debuted in Le Sserafim on May 2 with the mini-album “Fearless” alongside former Izone members Chaewon and Sakura, Japanese member Kazuha, Korean American Yunjin and Korean member Eunchae.
Shortly after her debut, Kim faced a slew of bullying allegations from her time in middle school.
Hybe and Source Music initially defended Kim, claiming that the allegations and online posts were edited and mere slander. The labels announced they were taking legal action over the accusations less than three weeks into Le Sserafim’s debut.
Leading up to her contract’s termination, Kim was placed on temporary suspension from group activities, performances and any promotions on May 20. Le Sserafim continued performing in music shows, creating online content and appearing in promotional materials as five members. Le Sserafim now consists of Kazuha, Chaewon, Sakura, Yunjin and Eunchae.
Featured Image via Hybe Labels