Starship Enternment announced on Monday that it will pursue legal action against those who posted and distributed on social media a set of photos, claiming to depict naked Shownu, the leader of the Monsta X K-Pop boy band.
Earlier, several nude pictures started circulating online causing a buzz among netizens, as those who spread it insisted that it was none other than Shownu. One photo shows an apparently drunk man with a can of beer visible in the foreground sleeping in a bed. In another, a naked man stands still and looks directly into the camera. While most fans can clearly see that the man on the photos has nothing in common with the Monsta X leader, some posters argued otherwise.
Responding to the incident, the group's label immediately issued a statement denying that the man on the photos is Shownu, adding that it will cooperate with the police and will report those who spread the pictures. Starship says it will seek damages for violating personal rights and distributing pornographic content.
This news comes hot on the heels of another scandal involving Shownu.
Last week, fans were shocked by the news that band member Wonho left the group. This was preceded by a spate of scandals: words taken out of context that ignited the anger of the MeToo movement; and a scandal with the model Jung Da Eun, who stated that he borrowed money from her six years ago and has still has not returned it. She also claims that they smoked marijuana in 2013. Wonho decided to leave the group, according to an official statement from the agency.
Literally on the same day, Jung Da Eun posted messages from a man who claimed that the leader of the group, Shownu, was dating his wife.
The agency immediately made a statement saying that the singer had not been in contact with this woman for more than a month and he didn’t even has a clue that she was married.
Due all the scandals Monsta X are through this week, fans are trying to support them with clearing the search of the member's name and furious about those who want to view the leaked photos.
Shownu is handsome— ☼Narina*˚⁺‧͙ wonho and woojin (@taehyunssummer) November 4, 2019
Shownu is cute
Shownu best singer
Shownu follow you#FightForWonho #몬베베_원호_응원해 #ShineforMonstaX #WeLoveYouWonho pic.twitter.com/HyElJZvgMI
It makes me sick seeing some of y’all actually wanting to see a photo that Shownu did not consent to being taken. I’m disturbed and my stomach is repulsed. It’s none of my mutuals or course. pic.twitter.com/Tvz16d8vg2— ahtzy #HBDtoMINHYUK (@bwabiewonnie) November 4, 2019
You guys do know that the photo has been manipulated which means it’s not real, you all wanna look a picture of a random guy that has S*Ns face photoshopped on, you all are weird af— MẸŁ 🐻 #TIKITAKA (@Shownu1999) November 4, 2019
Thank you for protecting Shownu and taking action on the issues! Please protect our precious Wonho as well, he has worked very hard to reach the position he has been. He is still in our hearts that's why we still have hope.#WeBelieveInMonstaX #HopeforWonho @OfficialMonstaX pic.twitter.com/kX7aE8TJJy— 🍜 삐삐 🍜 || WONHO come back (@babolattte) November 4, 2019
Our fearless leader who always put others above himself and while we look at him as a "robot", he still has feelings. Shownu, don't let haters tell u who u are. Monbebe know the real u! Nothing can get more realer than that. We ♥️ U Shownu.@OfficialMonstaX #WeBelieveInMonstaX pic.twitter.com/mKMTW0Y6h3— COME BACK WONHO (@taexwonho) November 4, 2019