K-pop group Apink remains shaken up by the death threat made Wednesday, its agency said Thursday.
“It’s not just the members who are shocked, it’s all of us. It (the death threat) is not something that we can just laugh off as a joke,” said an official from Plan A Entertainment. “The threat just happened, so we’re keeping a keen eye on it. We’re still waiting on what the police investigation finds out.”
|Jeong Eun-ji of Apink (Plan A Entertainment)|
Around 7:40 p.m. on Wednesday, an unidentified man called Gangnam Police Station in Seoul and said that he wanted to stab Apink members to death at 9 p.m. in retaliation against their agency’s filing of charges against him. Officers were immediately sent to Plan A and a request was made for Apink’s protection.
The members of the group had been at a practice facility in Seongdong-gu, eastern Seoul, at the time of the threat.
Last month, Plan A filed criminal charges against internet users who posted malicious comments against Apink member Son Na-eun.
The agency said it is yet unclear whether the latest threat will affect the release date of Apink’s new EP on June 26.
After the latest threat, Plan A continued to vow legal action against threats and malicious comments against Apink members. Several popular K-pop stars have been subjected to threats or criminal acts in the past few weeks, including a death threat against Twice’s Mina on Thursday.
By Yoon Min-sik