Since late 2014 and throughout 2015, many fans of the K-drama Boys Over Flowers and K-pop band SS501 have kept up with the latest happenings pertaining to the legal battle between Kim Hyun Joong and his ex-girlfriend. Originally, the case was presented on allegations of domestic violence, in which Hyun Joong supposedly assaulted his ex-girlfriend (who is known as either “Choi” or “A”).
Though that reason is still used sparingly, the case has transitioned to two cases of paternity. The first is that Kim Hyun Joong was allegedly the father of the child of Choi’s miscarried pregnancy. The second is that Hyun Joong is also allegedly the father of Choi’s current pregnancy.
It is true the current situation needs resolution. However, many people — including Kim Hyun Joong’s fans as well as his legal team — are calling foul as the court case is still proceeding. The reason is that Hyun Joong paid his assault charge of five million KRW (almost $1,500 USD). He also paid an extra 600 million KRW (about $535,000 USD) extra for Choi to refrain from disclosing details about the case.
As shown from the case proceedings, Choi has not kept in part of her deal. Ergo, Kim Hyun Joong is seeking 3.1 billion KRW (which is about $1 million USD) in a counter-lawsuit.
According to Korean news site OSEN, a legal representative for Kim Hyun Joong made a statement that the K-drama and K-pop star is pursuing legal action against Choi on July 4, 2015. The aforementioned sought amount, as well as a iteration of the previous settlement agreement, were included in said statement.
“Prior to next week, we will file a complaint against Choi. She previously received a settlement of approximately $535,000 USD to refrain from disclosing information to outside parties.”
“She violated the conditions of the settlement, therefore we are suing for breach of contract. In addition, [she will be sued] for another 600 million KRW for defamation after claiming that Kim Hyun Joong assaulted her.”
The decision to counter-sue is a result of Choi and her legal representatives’ failure to produce foolproof evidence of Choi’s miscarriage as a result of domestic abuse, as detailed by KdramaStars. As of now, it is unknown if Kim Hyun Joong did in fact file the counter lawsuit after its announcement. Still, the fact that Hyun Joong is willing to take the offensive in the legal battle is being interpreted by fans that the case has gone long enough and he is ready to end it.
[Image via Kim Hyun Joong’s Official Facebook Page]