′Rascal Sons′ Na Moon Hee and KBAU Demand Production Company Cough Up Outstanding Payments
A surprise press conference was scheduled to address the issue of MBC′s Rascal Sons and its failure to pay the actors of the drama.
Most of the cast were expected to appear this day, but Na Moon Hee was the only one who was in attendance.
The Korean Broadcast Actors Union (KBAU) hosted the press conference on June 19 about how the production company of Rascal Sons failed to pay the actors what they were due, including many outstanding promotion fees.
Na Moon Hee, Sunwoo Yong Nyeo, Kim Young Ran and most of the main cast were expected to appear this day.
None, except for Na Moon Hee, however, actually turned up.
Na Moon Hee also showed she had been taken aback at the sudden development.
Chairperson Han Young Soo said at the conference, "All of the cast members had promised to come. Some of the cast, who had said they would be here up to yesterday, told me they couldn′t make it because of a sudden schedule when I called them in the morning."
He mentioned the names of Kim Young Ran, Lee Sung Jae and Lee Min Woo, adding, "Of course, I understand, but I believe that this sudden turn of events came about because there was some form of pressure from the broadcasting channel. It′s up to you to draw your own conclusions."
He didn′t hide how thankful he felt toward Na Moon Hee for appearing despite the difficulties.
"This problem with unpaid workers doesn′t just extend to Rascal Sons," Han Young Soo said. "I want to thank Mrs. Na Moon Hee for being here."
Na Moon Hee said, "I came because they said they would set straight the relationship of contracter and contractee, but now I feel like a moneylender trying to get my money back. I thought we would come up with a good conclusion with feedback from many more people, but I guess now it′s hard for that to happen."
She added, "It is true that some of us weren′t paid, but it feels embarrassing to just talk about that and end this. They told us we could get 90 percent of what was aired, but I guess some don′t have to be paid anything. I hope new measures will prevent such things from happening in the future."
The KBAU stated, "We′ve always asked broadcasting companies to prevent [such things] from happening. This year, however, the amount broadcasting companies failed to pay their workers has hit an all-time high. We don′t know where to start."
According to KBAU, up to June 2013, KBS has 1.3 billion won, MBC 1.8 billion won and SBS 1.2 billion won in outstanding payments.
To Be Enterprise, the production company of Rascal Sons, is currently closed down. The head of the company is nowhere to be found.
Photo credit: MBC, KBS