Following the circulation of the illegally manipulated photos of MOMOLAND's Nancy, the girl group's agency MLD Entertainment released a statement regarding the matter.
In the statement published by imbc.com and translated by Soompi, the agency announced that they will be taking strong legal action against those who shared the photos.
"Illegally manipulated photos of Nancy have recently circulated on online and social networking platforms. Nancy is a victim of having photos being inappropriately taken and manipulated. The person that should be protected first and foremost is Nancy. We ask for your cooperation with a heavy heart," MLD Entertainment said.
The agency added, "We will be joined by the police and judicial authorities overseas in taking strong legal action against the first person who posted the photos, as well as those who have taken part in spreading the photos. Through a legal representative, we will also pursue civil and criminal suits for compensation of damages on the basis of violating the Act on Special Cases Concerning the Punishment, etc. of Sexual Crimes, circulating material deemed pornographic by the Act on Promotion of Information and Communications Network Utilization and Information Protection, etc., and violating personal rights."
According to MLD Entertainment, Nancy is "undergoing severe emotional turmoil."
"We sincerely ask of you. We long for an end to malicious posts that harass our artist. We will continue to make every effort to protect our artists from additional damage through continuous monitoring. We will also follow through with our legal actions with no leniency and without reaching a settlement," the agency added.
"We want to express our gratitude to fans who always love and support our artists. We will continue to do our best in ensuring our artists’ personal and given rights," the statement concluded.
MOMOLAND is a South Korean girl group formed in 2016 by MLD Entertainment through a reality show called Finding Momoland.