K-pop phenoms BTS are in the midst of a five-concert North American leg of their Live Trilogy Episode III: The Wings Tour. A disturbing development has come in the form of death threats, leading the seven-piece to beef up security and solicit Anaheim, Calif. police for assistance before their April 1 and 2 gigs.
The Hollywood Reporter writes that a now-suspended Twitter user sent hyper-specific threats about shooting BTS member Jimin in the head "from [the] rafters, with seats specified, while he performs the number 'Lies' at the Anaheim Honda Center." The magazine adds that the account shared "photos of a dead pig, guns and other bloody images."
BTS label/management company Big Hit Entertainment told Soompi, “We believe that it is a joke by an anti-fan. But just to be sure we are taking measures. We are working with the local staff and police to enhance the security.”
“We are aware of the situation and have notified our security team,” the Honda Center commented.
BTS' world tour kicked off in their native South Korea on Feb. 18. They started in America with two Newark, NJ shows last week; tonight the play Chicago, then onward to Anaheim.