Ailee Fans Fume After Allkpop Publishes Unauthorized Nude Pics: Did Her Ex, Allkpop VP Daniel Lee, Leak The Photos?
By Jesse Lent | November 11, 2013 03:35 PM EST
Over 3,500 Allkpop readers jammed the comments board in response to the website publishing unauthorized nude photos of the South Korean singer Ailee on Sunday.
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"An anonymous website and forums has uploaded several photos potentially depicting K-Pop star Ailee in revealing attire," the allkpop article reads.
"While the photos are blurry, there is a definite correlation between the celebrity and the girl in the photos."
Yet reader Bestrc, who wrote Monday that the incident has caused him to boycott allkpop, isn't buying that the images came from another online source.
"Allkpop is the only one to publish these images," Bestrc claimed. "That is some sh**ty reporting and behavior by Allkpop and I'm surprised and disgusted by it."
On Tuesday, Ailee's record label YMC Entertainment told the Korean news outlet Naver that the singer took the nude photos for a possible job as a lingerie model.
"While she was living in the US, Ailee was given an offer to be a model for a famous underwear company," the YMC statement explained.
"The company told Ailee that she must take pictures in the nude for better examination of her body. Ailee consulted her ex-boyfriend on the matter. Ailee shared the photos with him after he persuaded her that he needs the photos to get a better idea on the issue."
The label alleged Ailee's ex-boyfriend, who "currently works for a big American Korean entertainment news outlet," according to the website 24-7 Asian Media, leaked the photos.
Several Ailee fansites are alleging that it was Ailee's ex-boyfriend Daniel Lee, who leaked the photos, armed with a photo that appears to show Ailee referring to Lee as her "boo" in a Facebook chat.
Lee is the vice president of content for allkpop as well as its parent company 6Theory Media.
While it is difficult to confirm from recent media reports if Lee is the one responsible, the media mogul's relationship with Ailee, along with the fact that the images appear to originate from allkop, has many fans convinced.
A tumblr account calling itself F*ck Allkpop is singling out Lee in messages written on top a photo of the allkpop VP.
"Daniel 'Eun Duk' Lee everybody," the Internet meme reads. "YMC claims this wretched turd was in possession of [Ailee's] nudes back when they were dating...your evil plan backfired."
There is even an allkpop fan forum, started on Monday, entitled "evidence VP of allkpop leaked Ailee's photos"
And there does apear to be some evidence from major news sources, that these ticked off fans are right.
According to the Korean media outlet Dispatch, a man claiming to have nude photos offered to sell them to the publication several days ago, an offer the editors turned down for legal reasons.
It is currently unclear if YMC Entertainment is singling out Lee personally as being the person who leaked the photos. KpopStarz's requests for comment from YMC, were not immediately responded to.
In a statement to the K-pop publication MWave, the label asked fans to support Ailee during this difficult time.
"As it was an event that happened when she was young and thoughtless, this has proved to be a great pain for Ailee's family and Ailee, who must live her life as a woman before she is a singer," the YMC statement said.
"The issue is something that has given Ailee much shock and pain in the past. Even with such pain, Ailee went for her dreams, so we are worried that this past event will hurt her even more. We ask that you send words of comfort and encouragement to Ailee to continue her career, so that she does not continue being in pain."
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