[News] Kim Hyun-joong moves to prosecute ex-girlfriend
Singer-actor Kim Hyun-joong has initiated criminal proceedings against his former girlfriend, who is allegedly expecting his baby, according to judicial officials Thursday.
After being embroiled in acrid public disputes, Kim decided to file the suit against his ex-girlfriend, surnamed Choi, for “calumny, blackmail, defamation and fraud,” along with a petition to forbid her travel abroad.
Moreover, Kim’s attorney said, “The maternity clinic where Choi claimed that she got the diagnosis has verified that it never confirmed such a diagnosis.” He also denied Kim’s alleged physical assault, citing Choi’s inconsistent testimony. Further investigation will proceed later in September, soon after Choi’s expected delivery.
Choi, however, reacted strongly against Kim’s claim, saying she will countercharge her former lover, heralding further intensified conflict between the two.
“The defense counsel is constantly insisting that Choi has extorted 6 billion won ($5.1 million). His claim is not true and thus evident defamation,” the lawyer from Choi’s side said in return, adding, “We want to make it clear that Choi never asked for that money.” He further announced that he would lodge a separate formal complaint on the woman’s alleged libel immediately.
In April, the singer’s former girlfriend brought a 16 billion won damage suit, claiming she was pregnant for the second time; the first one ending in miscarriage on account of alleged assault by Kim, causing injuries requiring six weeks in the hospital.
There has been doubt of her assertion, however, as she refused to hand in a medical certificate to prove her pregnancy alongside Kim’s alleged assault.
By Ko Ji-seon (firstname.lastname@example.org)