In a decisive move, SM Entertainment, one of South Korea’s leading entertainment agencies, has declared its unwavering commitment to protecting the privacy and well-being of its artists. The target of their determined stand is a foreign sasaeng who recklessly infringed upon the personal space of NCT’s Jaehyun. The incident, which unfolded on August 21, exposed the distressing lengths to which certain individuals would go to invade the private lives of public figures. A sasaeng, notorious for relentless stalking and intrusion, managed to obtain a video showcasing the inner sanctum of a hotel room that once housed NCT 127 members during their U.S. tour in the previous year. The video in question was surreptitiously captured after the sasaeng illicitly procured Jaehyun’s hotel room key card, granting unauthorized access to the unoccupied premises.
Shockingly, the invasive footage divulged not only the room’s interior but also Jaehyun’s personal effects and stage attire. Keen-eyed fans swiftly recognized eerie parallels between the hotel room displayed in the video and the backdrop of spaces in which NCT members had hosted live streams. Responding to this breach of privacy with urgency and severity, SM Entertainment issued an official statement on August 22, emphasizing the illegal nature of the leaked video and its blatant violation of an artist’s personal space. The entertainment powerhouse pledged to assemble compelling evidence against the initial uploader of the video and any individuals implicated in the distribution of the content. In an unprecedented step, the company announced intentions to collaborate with both domestic and international online platforms, as well as legal firms, to ensure a comprehensive investigation led by law enforcement agencies.
Jaehyun, known by his Korean name 재현 and Japanese name ジェヒョン is a singer, lyricist, and actor under the esteemed banner of SM Entertainment. Jaehyun’s journey with the agency began in 2012 when he was discovered by scouts right outside his school, ultimately leading to his induction into SM Entertainment. Jaehyun was introduced to the world as a member of the pre-debut trainee team SMROOKIES on December 9, 2013. His visibility increased as he participated in diverse endeavors, including a performance of “A Whole New World” from Aladdin on Disney Channel Korea’s The Mickey Mouse Club, alongside former SMRookies companion Herin. In April 2016, Jaehyun’s official debut marked a pivotal moment as he joined NCT. His inclusion in NCT U was inaugurated with the release of “The 7th Sense” and “Without You”. Notably, he has showcased his individuality further with his second solo release “Horizon,” announced by SM Entertainment on August 3, 2023, and subsequently launched on August 8.