Former EXO member Tao will perform at Beijing on Sunday, 23 August.Instagram/Tao

Former EXO member Tao aka Huang Zitao has followed the footsteps of his ex-teammates, Luhan and Kris aka Wu Yifan, and filed an official lawsuit against South Korean record label SM Entertainment.

The Chinese entertainer registered a case against the entertainment agency at Seoul Central District Court on Monday, 24 August, citing various reasons for terminating his contract with the firm, according to Koreaboo.

In response to the lawsuit, SM Entertainment released an official statement, which read: "Our company plans to use everything in our power including both Korean and Chinese legal professionals and partners to respond legally both in Korea and China in a multi-faceted manner. We also plan to take legal steps to respond to Tao's illegal promotions and actions."

So it remains to be seen if the South Korean entertainment agency will file a lawsuit against the celeb in Beijing court and try to put his various promotional activities on hold.

Since Tao consulted Kris and Luhan's legal team to move against the record label, speculations suggest that the former K-Pop star may join hands with his ex-teammates for new ventures in China.

The Chinese entertainer left SM Entertainment in April and launched his first mini digital album last month. He received positive response from his followers as more than 670,000 copies of it were sold within a week's time.

The former EXO member even performed a free concert at Beijing on Sunday, 23 August, for the victims of Tianjin explosion, which killed more than 100 people and several injured.

There is also a buzz that Tao is planning to make his international debut with the help of American choreographer Mike Allen as the choreographer recently posted a photo with the celeb on Instagram, stated AllKpop.

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