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MOMOLAND's Nancy Is Under Severe Emotional Stress After llegally-Manipulated Photos Surfaced Online

Her agency, MLD Entertainment, is taking strong legal action against the perpetrator.
PHOTO: Instagram/nancyjewel_mcdonie_

MOMOLAND's Nancy McDonie is currently experiencing "severe emotional turmoil" after illegally-manipulated photos of her have circulated online.

In a story published by SBS Star, it was reported that the 20-year-old K-pop idol has been a victim of hidden camera attack, where " alleged to be Nancy changing outfits have been posted online." This happened when she hosted the 2019 Asia Artists Awards in Vietnam.

Called molka, this illegal activity is an ongoing problem in South Korea. Spy cameras are installed inside everyday items (like pens and shoes) to film women sexually without their knowledge. In 2019, a number of high-profile K-pop idols were involved in a hidden camera scandal. Singer-songwriter and former 2 Days & 1 Night member Jung Joon Young was sentenced to five to six years in prison after circulating illegal camera footage to group chats and sexually assaulting drunk women. 

Nancy's label, MDL Entertainment, has issued an official statement about what happened to her. The label will take strong legal action against the perpetrator and those who contributed to spreading the illegally-manipulated photos: 

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"Hello. This is MLD Entertainment. Illegally manipulated photos of Nancy have recently circulated on online and social networking platforms. Nancy is a victim of having photos being inappropriately taken and manipulated. The person that should be protected first and foremost is Nancy. We ask for your cooperation with a heavy heart.

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We will be joined by the police and judicial authorities overseas in taking strong legal action against the first person who posted the photos, as well as those who have taken part in spreading the photos. Through a legal representative, we will also pursue civil and criminal suits for compensation of damages on the basis of violating the Act on Special Cases Concerning the Punishment, etc. of Sexual Crimes, circulating material deemed pornographic by the Act on Promotion of Information and Communications Network Utilization and Information Protection, etc., and violating personal rights.

Nancy is currently undergoing severe emotional turmoil. We sincerely ask of you. We long for an end to malicious posts that harass our artists. We will continue to make every effort to protect our artists from additional damage through continuous monitoring. We will also follow through with our legal actions with no leniency and without reaching a settlement.

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We want to express our gratitude to fans who always love and support our artists. We will continue to do our best in ensuring our artists’ personal and given rights. Thank you."

Nancy made her debut as a member of MOMOLAND in 2016. 

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