Police in South Korea were asked to investigate how K-pop star Blackpink Jennie Photo Leak online.
This came after photos shared on Twitter and Telegram showed a Blackpink star eating from V, another K-pop band called BTS.
There are rumors that the singers are dating.
YG Entertainment, the management company of Blackpink, said that as a result of the leak, Jennie met with “personal attacks” and “sexual harassment”.
The statement said that it asked the police to investigate “the original distributor” photos and will take “any possible legal action without any leniency to prevent further damage in the future”.
He added: “Photos that circulated on the Internet were made available illegally, regardless of the intentions behind them and without the consent of the person concerned”.
The YG also asked fans to refrain from sharing photos more widely.
Two accounts linked to photo sharing have been suspended.
Although YG has not confirmed which images it refers to, several photos have appeared on the Internet that apparently depict Jennie and V (real name Kim Tae-hyung) eating a meal together.
One of the authors claimed that the photos were originally published on a private account, and in the signature of Jennie or V it was written: “You are my other half”.
Other photos purportedly depict a couple traveling together and taking selfies in matching Winnie the Pooh T-shirts.
None of the photos are clear-cut, although one shot of the head allegedly depicts Jenna in the bathtub.
In many pictures, the faces of the stars are partially obscured or fuzzy, prompting some fans to speculate that they are fakes or composites.
BTS ‘ management company, Big Hit Music, has filed a separate criminal complaint over what it calls defamatory posts containing “false information” and “rumors created in bad faith” – although it did not specifically name the photos of V and Jennie as the reason for its legal action .
One of the alleged leakers, who posts under the username Gurumiharibo, denied he was targeted by entertainment companies.
” I haven’t received any legal notice from anyone,” they wrote in an online conversation. “If someone wants to sue me for defamation and / or spreading untruths, I will be happy to provide the appropriate legal evidence for my claims.”
South Korean entertainment companies have recently begun to strongly oppose leaks and rumors.
National libel laws allow people to be sued for posting defamatory or malicious comments online. They can be found guilty and fined, even if their remarks are true – provided that it can be proved that this statement defamed another person.
South Korean law also grants individuals the right to their image, which could put anyone who posted photos that were leaked without permission at risk of prosecution.
Blackpink and BTS are the most successful of the current surge of K- Pop bands.
Blackpink’s latest album, Born Pink, topped the charts in the US and UK last month, while BTS recently announced a hiatus from working on solo projects.