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Do you know who sits in the front row of any significant gathering? Celebrities and distinctive guests of course. It’s unimaginable to think of Kim Hyun Joong seated elsewhere. Unless he wants to be incognito or nobody knew he was coming.
Seats in the Front Rows have been reserved since time immemorial for the royalties of fashion, entertainment,arts, other known branch of Culture,political figures and other personages such as sponsors and potential investors that need to be impressed or lent their importance to the event.
Even as a newcomer in the Kpop scene KHJ in variety shows sat in front where the cameras and the mc’s prioritised his presence. You can actually see other guests strained their necks to be seen or had to shout out their contributions to be heard.
Was it a case of celebrity marketing for KHJ to seat him in front? If it was, it was successful.No he didn’t have to look outrageous. He was at his natural best- handsome, funny, witty and speaking whatever comes to his mind earning him being called a 4D. It cannot be denied he was the program’s favourite if he happens to grace one.
While the show did contribute to his increasing popularity, KHJ’ s presence pulled up the show ratings as well. Directors knew that the moment Hyun Joong’s face is flashed on the screen numbers go up. Exactly, this is why cameras stayed glued on him. One of the other perennial guests complained “why his shots were cut and not HJ”, to which he responded,”you tried too hard”. HJ was just himself enjoying his stay.
Even when he wasn’t doing anything and not on stage as performer or on the runway as a model he was seated in the front row. This was how he lent his recognizability to fashion shows or other event where he was the invited guest.He wasn’t declared a three time winner of being Style Icon for Kpop for nothing. Several years being winner of “most searched in Yahoo”strengthened his position as Hallyu star with an international fanbase in many countries.
Other Ways to Stay Front Row
Practically he is also at the front row of many advertisements endorsing products and services that no less than CNN noted “no product worth buying without KHJ saying so”. Of course the casual shirts,the athletic getup, the formal attire looked like they were precisely cut and sewn on him alone. But his sartorial good looks and the ways he carried them can rub on any wearer,or so the manufacturers think. Or pray they will.
Did he not stay front row in numerous interviews for magazines as he made it in their cover photos? The same way happened in interviews over for television entertainment portals answering truthfully ( or so it seemed) questions fielded at him or evading those intruding into his love life every time he has a music album out or a new drama.
As if having a wax figure in a museum isn’t enough, his airport fashion does not escape scrutiny, the soccer field, rare public sightings and every episode of Barefoot Friends his fans documented even the moments he isn’t playing as if he is in the front row all the time.
Yet left on his own he wishes to avoid over exposure. He does not tweet, nor do Instagram, most of all did not open a Facebook account. He chose his projects carefully seeing to it his drama appearances is not sacrificed to his concert performances and vice versa.
When he joined the military as a conscript in May of last year, camera shots gave him importance, and why not, he is the KHJ and was the only one escorted by the big boss of Key East and several bodyguards( not family members). Looking at past photos you’d think he was in the front row already a trademark anyway, as everybody is already accustomed to seeing.
Now that the inner core of his private life being played out in public by tabloid media and through exchanges between legal representatives he remains “seated in the front row” although other characters have inserted themselves to share, though pathetically, that reflected glory.
Thanks, no thanks to the unscrupulous media who jumped at all opportunities to write about him and all the salacious details to sell their products and services, KHJ can be said to maintain his position as most searched. Hence, still sitting in front though in a hot seat. There are those who commented wryly, the media coverage made his personal life like a never ending small screen Korean drama.
How Long Will He be “Sitting in Front”?
International observers of celebrities who rise and fall noted that celebrities must change through life milestones such as getting married,having a family, scandal optional to stay in the radar of their publics. It goes without saying they are able to withstand the effects of changeover in their career. Even if it means shedding more blood,sweat and tears than before.
It also translate into a fact that celebrities should not be boring, doing the same thing like a broken record. If they have setbacks from scandals ( from personal issues or public abrasions) they should eventually able to put them behind. Recovery may take short or long period of time depending on how resilient the celebrity is and how forgiving the public to accept them again.
Kim Hyun Joong is no stranger to scandals. He has had them such as when he attended a birthday celebration of a despised ex-national leader, when he figured in a motor accident and when he changed management company. The interest in these so called scandals depended on the public perceptions fueling intense fan debates. His most recent one (still going on scandal),according to some observers, is the longest period of time a celebrity has gone through to date (2 years).
Although unbelievers in his ability to bounce back has proclaimed he is finished in his career,it is said they have largely forgotten Kim Hyun Joong has the habit of surprising his public of his discipline, new talent and skills honed behind the scenes, to present his unlimited self through his work.
He showed the range of what he was able to do and what else he can do at the rate he produced and launched his music albums in the past. He put in the extravaganza in Lucky Guy, the bad boy vibe in Breakdown, the party feel in another,the angst of a lover next, playfulness and rock mood completed the varieties then. Not really aiming for commercial success but acting in characters that challenges his abilities in dramas no matter how hard it took him to be in their shoes. His works were all about him : confident without being abrasive about it, creative without being just fancy, doing the unexpected and surpassing his previous achievements.
If he can be called a workaholic, it is an understatement. His fans know this and have seen his various transformations since becoming solo artist. He burst out of his cocoon as if making up for lost time.His works are his best tool to show he is in charge.
His persona is another matter. He is transparent, brave yet vulnerable at times, happy like a child for simple pleasures yet manly to own his setbacks because he knows he can overcome them. Many times he showed he was able to.His comebacks ( a favourite expression used on Kpop stars)were nothing less than spectacular. His absence is always a prelude to something unusual and well thought out presentation of a master showman.
Even his mandatory hiatus couldn’t and HJ wouldn’t allow it to cool down his ardor for the
profession he embraced so passionately. It is not surprising if we learn that he has prepared himself psychologically and physically to bounce back, which is a very sound thing to do in order to move on. Somebody said setbacks are structured to prepare one for a comeback? Even with the legal cases raging on as long as his love for his work remains fierce and his focus steadfast, there is no way for him but to go up. If for him success is not an end in itself but the motor leading to the next chapter of his career, he will remain sitting in the front row
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For two long agonizing years, finally Kim Hyun Joong was vindicated proving his innocence that the Civil Court judge ruled in his favor on Aug 10th, and this is really a big sigh of relief to him and to all of us here! We rejoice on Hyun Joong’s victory as his victory is ours too, indeed he’s always a winner, as justice was finally served and prevailed. The truth now has set him free!
However, this case doesn’t end from here, as this is only the beginning. Very soon from now there will be heads rolling to the ground starting off with Choi Hye Mi who shamelessly created this circus, as her nightmare KARMA starts from this day onward.
No amount of public apology from Choi and from the trash media can ever recover the cruelty she had done to KHJ, his family and to us his fans who suffered for 2 long years. Choi has to pay the consequences of her lies not only through monetary penalty as the Civil Court judge ordered her to pay KHJ, but to be behind bars where she truly belongs.
CIVIL COURT RULING
As the presiding judge ruled that all allegations, accusations of Choi are FALSE as there was no sufficient evidence to her claims and a clear criminal act of defamation as she went to the media to spill out her false accusations! The civil court ordered Choi to pay 100 Million Won to KHJ, for defamation and damage she created using the media.
Will she be able to pay him back? If she won’t be able to do so, what will happen? Will she be imprisoned if she will not abide by the court order? These are just innocent questions. Money here may not matter since no amount of cash can compensate with the damage, mental and emotional distress that Choi inflicted to KHJ and his family.
Not to mention the cases Choi filed against KHJ Korean fans who bashed on her on-line that for me was a threat causing a lot of stress to his fans as well. Can a counter charge from KHJ Korean fans possible for the mental and emotional distress she created?
I got this news from the garbage, as according to the trash media the presiding judge stated this:
“However, the fact that [A] did an interview with KBS in which she gave false information with no evidence… Considering the criminal act the day before the defendant’s enlistment date, the severe defamation and damage to the defendant’s image, and severe psychological stress, the plaintiff shall give compensation in the amount of 100 million won to the defendant.” (by: trash Soompi)
My apology that I cannot post the entire article from Trash media since it’s obviously twisted and meant to confuse readers again! I would just like to point out on SEVERE DEFAMATION and DAMAGE to the defendant’s image.
This shows that the civil court judge recognized and acknowledged the criminal act of defamation and false accusation of Choi Hye Mi against KHJ, which is enough ground to file a criminal case against Choi. Take note this is contrary to Mr. Prosecutor’s opinion on KHJ’s counter charge against Choi stating KHJ have NO sufficient evidence to press charges against Choi!
Oh and to the trash media who wrote this news, I hope you are aware that you and other trash media played a big part to defame KHJ together with Choi and Seon! Then may I advise you to start hiding since you are one of those heads to roll on the ground! SOON!
Now let’s go back to the recent past as Mr. Prosecutor REJECTED Hyun Joong’s counter charge criminal case filed against Choi in May 19th this year, stating that there was NO sufficient evidence on KHJ’s claim! I would like to chase after Mr. Prosecutor and let him eat and swallow the judge ruling!
Yes I agree we’re in two different courts of law, the civil court and criminal court, however, we have exactly the same story brought to both courts! The criminal case that KHJ filed against Choi rooted from this civil case that she filed, am I right? Who do you think has a better credibility, the judge or the prosecutor?
At this point, KHJ can easily re-file his counter charge against Choi, and I’m confident he will win this criminal case. Every single individual who has been a victim of wrong doings has every human right for a day in court, Mr. Prosecutor!
If a complete LIAR like Choi was given the chance to state her lies in the court of law then what more to an innocent person who’s holding the truth? Choi started this circus, therefore it is just right for her to end it…….in JAIL!…. Together with Mr. Prosecutor, Piggy Seon and trash media!
There’s something nagging in my mind as I can still remember Atty Seon’s statement to KHJ as…“You should NOT sue the mother of your child”
So this was what KHJ trying to say last year “Do NOT pawn that baby…” as Choi was intending to use this child as her money bag and shield from jail! Unfortunately, KHJ is determined to pursue with the criminal case against her, specially at this point that KHJ had proven his innocence.
Many of KHJ fans doubted the identity of the said child and I’m one of them in spite of the joint custody was ordered by the family court, his identity remained questionable to many. Now that KHJ was awarded with joint rights over the child, I hope he can take advantage of the chance to have another DNA test on the child and close the issue if indeed he’s the father of the child.
The existence of this child was exposed to the public and left its identity hanging in the air, that after the family court made its ruling, we didn’t hear anything about the child anymore! I have the same questions as others, were the Kims able to see the child for real? Did Choi abide with the court ruling and shared the rights with KHJ?
From day one that the 2nd scandal exploded in Feb 2015, I’m sure my regular readers witnessed on how Choi behaved from the alleged pregnancy to childbirth, that caused us to doubt! Something just doesn’t seemed to fit in along the way as this case unfold. And with all the PROVEN LIES Choi made to the public, doubts will always surround her.
If she had gone this far lying about multiple pregnancy of 5 or 6 I lost count in just a matter of 7 months, then it’s also possible she lied over childbirth, can’t she? Remember, not even the Kims were able to confirm her Feb 2015 pregnancy, not even childbirth as they were not informed about it.
Choi made such a HUGE MESS involving an innocent child, be it KHJ’s child or not, the repercussion of what she had done is too much to the innocent. I hope this matter can be cleared as well, for the sake of the child, before Choi can further use this child as her shield in the public eye to avoid the criminal case against her.
And if KHJ may earn criticism from the SK public as he is pressing charges against the “alleged” mother of his child, well I would say…No one is above the law!
LIES NEVER WIN
From this day onward Choi Hye Mi, Atty Seon and the trash media have a lot of consequences to face for what they did to KHJ and to this innocent child be it KHJ’s child or not. I just hope Atty Seon would not use temporary insanity as an excuse to his client in avoiding the jail gates!!
As to the fans who jump ship, it’s your prerogative whoever celeb you want to follow. But I do hope you have learned a lesson here. To walk out in silence can earn a better respect from others, than turning into a monster of hatred! Now go and eat your words! That’s all I can say to you!
WITH GREAT APPRECIATION
To the loyal KHJ fans who stayed loyal for 2 long years of agony, my hats off to all of you as you are indeed true loyal fans and I’m very proud of you. Thank you so much for staying beside KHJ, I know you never doubted him and stayed believing in him.
To the loyal fans Sunny and PrincessMich who has been tirelessly translating a more credible news items, thank you so much your effort is very much appreciated!
May I extend my heartfelt appreciation to Atty Lee for job well done, I know he went out of his way professionally in defense to KHJ, in behalf of KHJ fans Thank you so much. This case is not over yet as we will be with you and shall continue to support in defending KHJ.
As for me, I learned a lot in this case, I learned how to defend an innocent man, as I learned to LOVE unconditionally, just as much as I also have learned the feeling of HATE! I’m not a hateful person and this woman Choi taught me how!!
But most of all, this case made loyal KHJ fans stronger than ever, as the pain inflicted to us made us confident knowing the truth is at our side and stood by it all through out.
As we face the next stage of this case, we are now stronger and we can now smile in fighting those monsters to be put to jail!
To Kim Hyun Joong….Congratulations on your victory!! Stay strong as you always are!
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August 10, 2016 the day when the local court ruled in favor of Kpop superstar Kim Hyun Joong and dismissed a compensation suit filed by his ex girlfriend after she alleged that she miscarried his son due to physical assault.
The battle has been over for Mr Kim where he locked in a legal battle as the accuser is only identified as Choi. and suffered trial by publicity and humiliations from bashers. The plaintiff claimed that she was miscarried his child in 2014, but there was no sufficient evidence from her side, and on the other side Mr Kim filed against choi that she was not preganant ,and spread false rumors about their relationship.
Today, the court dismissed the suit filed by Choi citing lack of evidence while ordering her to pay 100 million won for Mr Kim for defamation. It is that there is enough evidence that she was Not pregnant.
Kim Hyun Joong nim now serving in the military services since May last year for a mandatory service of all South Korean Man.
We congratulate Kim Hyun Joong ssi for winning this battle. Happy day for him, & to his family and all his fans around the world.
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Singer-actor Kim Hyun-joong wins compensation suit against ex-girlfriend
SEOUL, Aug. 10 (Yonhap) — A local court on Wednesday ruled in favor of singer-actor Kim Hyun-joong and dismissed a compensation suit filed by his ex-girlfriend after she alleged that she miscarried his son due to physical assault.
The 30-year-old has been locked in a legal battle as his ex-girlfriend, identified only by her surname Choi, filed a suit with the Seoul Central District Court in April last year, seeking 1.6 billion won (US$1.45 million) in compensation.
The plaintiff claimed that she miscarried his child in 2014 after being physically abused by the member of K-pop boy band SS501.
Kim filed a counter suit against Choi, saying she was actually not pregnant and that she spread false rumors about their relationship.
The court dismissed the suit filed by the woman, citing a lack of evidence while ordering her to pay 100 million won to Kim for defamation. It said there is circumstantial evidence to believe that she was not pregnant.
In December, Choi said Kim is the biological father of her son who she gave birth to in September, citing a paternity test conducted at Seoul National University College of Medicine. Kim has said he will take full responsibility of the child.
He has been serving in the military since May last year to fulfill the requirements of all able-bodied South Korean man.
South Korean singer-actor Kim Hyun-joong poses for a photo in Seoul on April 7, 2014. (Yonhap)
BREAKING: Kim Hyun Joong’s Ex-Girlfriend Loses Court Case And Is Ordered to Pay A Fine For False Charges
After a long, drawn-out court battle with their private life being bandied about and analyzed by the public, the civil case of Kim Hyun Joong vs. his ex-girlfriend (Ms. Choi) is finally over!
The verdict has just been announced and Korean websites and media outlets are buzzing with the news. Mr. Kim has been found innocent of the charges of assault and abuse (this was the civil case, the criminal case is still ongoing).
The famous singer and actor admitted that their fights sometimes got physical, but he continuously denied her charges of actual assault and abuse that led to miscarriages. Through it all, Ms. Choi has maintained her claims and has released private conversations and “proof” to the public that she was telling the truth. She said that she had been pregnant and miscarried due to his physical abuse, that she had gone to the hospital as a result of the abuse, etc. Due to all this, she was seeking 1.6 billion won (1.4 million USD) in damages.
After an extensive investigation and long court process however, the court has ruled that Mr. Kim is innocent of the charges Ms. Choi laid against him. Not only that but she has been ordered to pay a fine of 100 million won (around 92,ooo USD) for making false charges and defamation. The judge spoke on the topic and said that Ms. Choi had no proof or evidence to support her claims. He said she had no evidence of miscarriages either and no records at hospitals or medical centers concerning the alleged abuse.
As a result, Kim Hyun Joong fans are very happy today- saying they knew he was innocent and that they would always stick with him no matter what. One fan said, “KHJ finally has justice. All Henecia (his fandom) knew he was innocent of all charges.”
This was the civil case for Kim Hyun Joong vs. Ms. Choi, but the verdict was a very important one for the singer. The criminal case is ongoing and we will bring you more details of that later.
Can you believe that the court ruled in favor of Kim Hyun Joong? Are you surprised that they decided she had made false charges and had no evidence to back up her claims? What do you think of the verdict? Let us know in the comment section below.
The court battle between Kim Hyun Joong and his ex-girlfriend (hereafter referred to as “A”) has at last reached a conclusion.
The final trial in A’s lawsuit against Kim Hyun Joong for 1.6 billion won (approximately $1.5 million) was held on the afternoon of August 10. Kim Hyun Joong emerged victorious, with the court ordering A to pay Kim Hyun Joong 100 million won (approximately $91,400) in compensation, in consideration of defamation and psychological stress, among other things.
The court ruled evidence insufficient to prove the plaintiff’s (A’s) claims of a second pregnancy, miscarriage from assault, and coercion of abortion. The presiding judge stated, “Regarding the second pregnancy and question of miscarriage, while the plaintiff did visit an obstetrician to confirm pregnancy, the results could not be confirmed. Moreover, the plaintiff was asked to return to for further tests after one week, but she did not return to the facility. On May 30, a date when [A] claimed she was pregnant, it was confirmed that she had been drinking with friends. While the plaintiff is contesting the drinking, there is a testimony in the plaintiff’s complaint that confirms it.”
Continuing explanation of the court’s ruling, the judge said, “The day after the first assault, the plaintiff visited an orthopedist to check for broken bones, but when asked if pregnant, denied. While the plaintiff did take a pregnancy test on her own and later told the defendant and an acquaintance that she was pregnant, that is not sufficient to prove pregnancy and miscarriage.”
“Regarding the fourth alleged pregnancy, although the plaintiff claims she received an abortion, there was nothing out of the ordinary in the ultrasound she received upon visiting an obstetrician. The abortion has been confirmed for the third pregnancy, but despite the hospital being the same, records cannot be confirmed for the period of the fourth pregnancy.”
Concluding, the judge said that evidence is insufficient to prove A’s claims.
“Regarding the claim made by the defendant (Kim Hyun Joong),” the judge said, “it cannot be proved that the plaintiff threatened the defendant with taking news of her miscarriage public during settlement of the initial criminal case. However, the fact that [A] did an interview with KBS in which she gave false information with no evidence to prove her second pregnancy and miscarriage is acknowledged as a criminal act. Considering the criminal act the day before the defendant’s enlistment date, the severe defamation and damage to the defendant’s image, and severe psychological stress, the plaintiff shall give compensation in the amount of 10 million won to the defendant.”