WHO is why dont we signed to?

Disha KandpalThe boys from the Why Dont We band are speaking up against the alleged abuse they underwent at the hands of their production company.The American boy band, which was f

WHO is why dont we signed to?

Disha Kandpal

The boys from the Why Dont We band are speaking up against the alleged abuse they underwent at the hands of their production company.

The American boy band, which was formed in 2016, has slowly been climbing the ladder of fame. However, amidst the ongoing court battle between two of their managers, the band members shared a post on their social media accounts on September 9 detailing their experience.

The groups statement came after one of their managers, Randy Phillips, sued to remove his business partner, David Loeffler, from Why Dont Wes management team.

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WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 11: (Top Row) Corbyn Besson, Jonah Marais, Zach Herron and (Bottom Row) Daniel Seavey and Jack Avery of Why Don't We attend the Hot 99.5 iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2017 at Capital One Arena on December 11, 2017 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Paul Morigi/WireImage)

Photo by Paul Morigi/WireImage

What happened to the Why Dont We band?

In their social media post, band members Jack Avery, Corbyn Besson, Zach Herron, Daniel Seavey and Jonah Marais accused Signature Entertainment Partners of subjecting them to mental, emotional and financial abuse.

The group further claimed that they were subjected to malnourishment that led to some of the members developing an eating disorder.

The bands statement came only two weeks after their managers approached the court and filed lawsuits against each other.

The group further detailed in their post that they entered the music business as impressionable and trusting teens. They soon began living together under the supervision of a manager in a house. They claimed that they eventually become prisoners in that house.

Without explicitly naming David Loeffler, the group wrote: He would not only live with us during the day but controlled us 24/7, setting an alarm that would go off if any door or window was opened. We were not given the security code to the alarm, essentially making us hostages in our own home.

Why Dont Wes statement further details: We were verbally berated almost every day and alienated from our friends and families.

The group claimed that they were made to believe that this was normal and that every artist had to pay their dues.

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Management teams lawsuit explored

Randy, one of Why Dont Wes managers, took his longtime business partner, David, to court in late August. The duo has sued each other over the business arrangement and the band members have picked sides in the whole situation.

Before we delve deeper into the issue, it is imperative to note that Signature Entertainment has the exclusive right to direct and control both the band and the solo careers of its members. They have control of the groups revenue streams as well.

As per the lawsuit Randy wants the judge to expel David on account of nightmarish behaviour including daily verbal abuse, screaming at them at the top of his lungs, sometimes for 10-20 minutes, among other things.

On the other hand, David sued all five band members for anticipatory breach of contract and sued Randy for tortious interference.

Meanwhile, the band members are supporting Randys lawsuit.

Fans react to the drama

As drama escalates, more and more fans are rallying behind the band with the #FreeWDW trending on Twitter. Here are some notable reactions.This content could not be loadedSee more

This is becoming an increasingly familiar story and Im so sorry it happened to yall. Wishing you strength in your future endeavors.This content could not be loadedSee more
you guys are strongest people ive ever known and ive discovered you when i was in my lowest and little did ik those smiling faces of yours was hiding a lot of pain just to give us fans strength.. and we will stand with you, by you and for you!! very proud of you for speaking upThis content could not be loadedSee more
cant even tell u how thankful i am that the daily tear filled phone calls from u are over. and this time for good. #FreeWDW https://t.co/PwxC3JwK1iThis content could not be loadedSee more
you might not know them, you might not like them, but this is their story and it matters. no one should ever have to go through something so inhumane and scary like this #FREEWDW https://t.co/Aq9gbKADijThis content could not be loadedSee more
I'll ride into battle for you #FreeWDW pic.twitter.com/kq8JLPc49W

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