On July 20, HYBE and Source announced the departure of kim garam of the female group LE SSERAFIM. The two agencies have decided to terminate the exclusive contract with the idol, and LE SSERAFIM will continue promotions as a five-member group. The statement HYBE X SOURCE MUSIC official says the following:

Good morning. This is HYBE/SOURCE MUSIC.

We would like to share with you the decision made regarding LE SSERAFIM member KIM GARAM and the plans for LE SSERAFIM’s future activities.

Our company has decided to terminate the exclusive contract with KIM GARAM.
We sincerely apologize to our fans and those who have shown love and support to the group for causing them concern over the controversy involving the member.

SSERAFIM will continue their activities as a five-member group, and we will spare no effort to help the group further develop as artists through their music and performances.
Thank you

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Kim Garam was accused of school violence, which HYBE initially denied. However, several victims they continued to talk and HYBE again denied the charges and threatened to take legal action against these victims. This angered Korean netizens.