A few days ago reports began circulating that one of EXO‘s bodyguards had been arrested at Nanjing airport due to his behaviour towards some of EXO’s fans.
Even a fan taken video of the incident was uploaded and quickly spread like wild fire across the internet. In the video, EXO member Lay can clearly be heard asking someone to stop pushing and hitting the fans.
Now it is being revealed by SM Entertainment that the police were not involved in the incident and that the man in question was not one of EXO’s managers but hired security.
In a statement to Newsen SM said, “The report on EXO and a scuffle at the Chinese airport is false. There was a bit of conflict between the on-site airport employees and the bodyguards, not the EXO managers, because of safety problems while EXO members were going out of an airport where a lot of fans had gathered. However, everything was solved without problems at the airport.”
EXO were in Nanjing for the 2014 Youth Olympics for which they were performing at the Samsung Galaxy Nanjing Music Festival. Due to the Olympics taking place in Nanjing the airport has seen a tightening of security which may have caused this situation to escalate as it did.
Some Chinese media are reporting that EXO’s staff refused to have their luggage checked which may have resulted in the start of this confrontation. Once through the security check another situation quickly appeared when one of EXO’s hired security violently hit a fan’s camera out of her hands. According to some fan accounts, it is also possible he hit a Youth Olympic volunteer who may have been in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Regardless of the actual event it has been reported by Chinese media outlet CCTV that seven bodyguards have come forward to omit to their wrongdoings in this incident.
Edited by: Karolina Goebel
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