What’s the worst mistake you can make as a member of a girl band in Japan? Slipping on stage? Lip-synching? A Janet Jackson-type wardrobe malfunction perhaps? Nope, it’s dating. Being busted out on a date with a love interest is not just fodder for paparazzi and tabloids, it could get you sued. Not by a jealous ex, by your employer. An unnamed 17 year-old member of such a girl group now has to pay $5,400 after she was found to have spent a night in a hotel room with two male companions.
It’s not what she did in the room with the guys that cost the entertainer five grand, it was the fact that the judge in the Tokyo District Court found her guilty of breaching her contract with her management company. More specifically, said teenager flouted the ‘no-dating’ clause in the written agreement which she signed in 2013. In case you’re angrily wondering which harassing, pedantic management firm this is that can’t let an adolescent live her life, you should know that virtually all girl, and boy, band members in Japan sign similar contracts. They agree in effect not to enter into romantic relationships for the duration of the contract so as to preserve their innocent charm in the eyes of the public.
The case of the hotel tryst pop star is not the only one reported, but it is the first to have been successfully prosecuted. Usually such romantic lapses are resolved by the guilty party making a public apology or leaving the group.
And Lil Wayne had the audacity to complain he was a slave at YMCMB. He clearly had no idea what contractual slavery looks like.
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