SM Entertainment has made a police report against an internet user who posted a death threat online against Winter, a member of the girl group, Aespa.
The anonymous threat was made on Monday (Aug 7) and posted on an online community. The since-deleted post threatened to stab and kill Winter when she arrived at the Incheon International Airport on Tuesday while on her way with the rest of the band to San Francisco to perform at a music festival.
SM Entertainment released a statement on Tuesday, revealing that it had filed charges against the writer of the threat. The agency also confirmed that the police had visited its office building over two days to check on the security situation.
The statement read: “Yesterday, a post threatening Winter’s safety was made on an online community. As soon as we confirmed this, we filed a criminal complaint with the police against the writer of the post in question, and we requested a speedy investigation and cooperation.
“Additionally, we strengthened our security manpower and Aespa safely departed the country today through the cooperation of bodyguards and the airport police.”
The agency further added: “We will continue to do our utmost to protect the safety of our company’s artistes in the future as well.”