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Global K-Pop Community Reels After Ladies’ Code Member RiSe Passes Away
Read the full story along with live updates here.
The already devastated K-pop community lost another talented star today after Ladies’ Code member Kwon RiSe passed away at the age of 23, according to a statement from the group’s agency, Polaris Entertainment.
"Kwon RiSe went to heaven on September 7, 10.10 a.m. KST," the agency stated. "Although early attempts at surgery and treatment were tried after she sustained serious injuries to her head during the accident that occurred in the morning of September 3, RiSe drew her final breath."
"We cannot hold back our apologies and also our grief in relaying this tragic news following the death of EunB. We ask that many pray for these two members and for the remaining members as well, who are most saddened," Polaris Entertainment concluded.
RiSe had sustained a critical injury to her head in an early morning car accident in South Korea on September 3 that claimed the life of fellow group member Go Eun-Bi. The crash is currently under investigation, according to local police, and Go Eun-Bi’s funeral was held earlier in the week.
The car accident occurred after a scheduled performance in Daegu, when a back wheel of the vehicle transporting all Ladies’ Code members broke off on Singal Intersection down Yeondong Highway, causing it to spiral out of control, hitting a guard rail. According to the black box from inside the vehicle, the airbags failed to deploy upon impact.
At the scene, RiSe sustained severe facial injuries and was bleeding from her head. Her pulse had stilled, and she was taken to the nearby Ajou University Hospital along with another member Sojung via emergency defibrilation.
There, she endured three surgeries, all spanning over the course of eleven hours, before medical staff were forced to halt the operation due to a severe drop in blood pressure. Doctors had expressed increasing concerns earlier today that her likelihood of recovery had decreased substantially.
The Ladies’ Code member was surrounded by her parents and agency staff members as she passed away peacefully.
To her parents, she was a beloved and talented daughter. To her friends, she was a bright light and an ambitious individual in their lives. To the world, she was an experienced vocalist and the face of Ladies’ Code, as well as a participant on ‘Birth of a Great Star’ and an actress on ‘We Got Married’ along with David Oh.
Fans and stars took to social media to share their remembrances of RiSe’s life, messages of support, and despair, with the hashtag “RIPRise,” similar to the hashtag “RIPEunB,” immediately trending worldwide. Girls’ Day’s Yura, Rainbow’s Jaekyung and Yoonhye, 2AM’s Changmin, 4minute’s Sohyun, U-KISS’ Soohyun, Lunafly’s Yun, APink’s Chorong, and other K-pop stars expressed their condolences online.
Ladies’ Code song ‘I’m Fine, Thank You’ from the 2013 EP album ‘Pretty Pretty’ skyrocketed to the top spot on multiple charts this week, including on music sites Bugs, MelOn, Olleh Music, monkey3, and others, as fans united to remember the contributions of the group members.
We offer our thoughts and condolences to RiSe and EunB’s family and friends, as well those who they touched with their dazzling voices. Our hearts also go out to the remaining Ladies’ Code members as we wish for a full recovery.
Written by Randi Wiggins. Andrew Peng contributed to this report.

Global K-Pop Community Reels After Ladies’ Code Member RiSe Passes Away

Read the full story along with live updates here.

The already devastated K-pop community lost another talented star today after Ladies’ Code member Kwon RiSe passed away at the age of 23, according to a statement from the group’s agency, Polaris Entertainment.

"Kwon RiSe went to heaven on September 7, 10.10 a.m. KST," the agency stated. "Although early attempts at surgery and treatment were tried after she sustained serious injuries to her head during the accident that occurred in the morning of September 3, RiSe drew her final breath."

"We cannot hold back our apologies and also our grief in relaying this tragic news following the death of EunB. We ask that many pray for these two members and for the remaining members as well, who are most saddened," Polaris Entertainment concluded.

RiSe had sustained a critical injury to her head in an early morning car accident in South Korea on September 3 that claimed the life of fellow group member Go Eun-Bi. The crash is currently under investigation, according to local police, and Go Eun-Bi’s funeral was held earlier in the week.

The car accident occurred after a scheduled performance in Daegu, when a back wheel of the vehicle transporting all Ladies’ Code members broke off on Singal Intersection down Yeondong Highway, causing it to spiral out of control, hitting a guard rail. According to the black box from inside the vehicle, the airbags failed to deploy upon impact.

At the scene, RiSe sustained severe facial injuries and was bleeding from her head. Her pulse had stilled, and she was taken to the nearby Ajou University Hospital along with another member Sojung via emergency defibrilation.

There, she endured three surgeries, all spanning over the course of eleven hours, before medical staff were forced to halt the operation due to a severe drop in blood pressure. Doctors had expressed increasing concerns earlier today that her likelihood of recovery had decreased substantially.

The Ladies’ Code member was surrounded by her parents and agency staff members as she passed away peacefully.

To her parents, she was a beloved and talented daughter. To her friends, she was a bright light and an ambitious individual in their lives. To the world, she was an experienced vocalist and the face of Ladies’ Code, as well as a participant on ‘Birth of a Great Star’ and an actress on ‘We Got Married’ along with David Oh.

Fans and stars took to social media to share their remembrances of RiSe’s life, messages of support, and despair, with the hashtag “RIPRise,” similar to the hashtag “RIPEunB,” immediately trending worldwide. Girls’ Day’s Yura, Rainbow’s Jaekyung and Yoonhye, 2AM’s Changmin, 4minute’s Sohyun, U-KISS’ Soohyun, Lunafly’s Yun, APink’s Chorong, and other K-pop stars expressed their condolences online.

Ladies’ Code song ‘I’m Fine, Thank You’ from the 2013 EP album ‘Pretty Pretty’ skyrocketed to the top spot on multiple charts this week, including on music sites Bugs, MelOn, Olleh Music, monkey3, and others, as fans united to remember the contributions of the group members.

We offer our thoughts and condolences to RiSe and EunB’s family and friends, as well those who they touched with their dazzling voices. Our hearts also go out to the remaining Ladies’ Code members as we wish for a full recovery.

Written by Randi Wiggins. Andrew Peng contributed to this report.

‘The World Lost an Angel Today’: Thousands Mourn After the Passing of Ladies’ Code Member Go Eun-Bi
(This is an updated version of a previous post. We are receiving conflicting information on the conditions of Ladies’ Code members RiSe and Sojung, and will post additional information accordingly.)
Ladies’ Code member and group sub-vocalist Go Eun-Bi has passed away after an early morning car accident in South Korea, local police confirmed today. The driver was also killed in the crash, and two other group members are receiving treatment at Ajou University Hospital after suffering severe wounds. 
The accident occurred at 1:20 am KST along the country’s Yeongdong Highway as the vehicle with Ladies’ Code members rammed into a protective wall on the side of the road near Singal Intersection. According to YTN News, heavy rain and weather were a major factor in the crash, which also killed the driver. However, police said the incident was under investigation.
According to hospital officials, 22-year-old Go Eun-Bi, affectionately known by her fans as “EunB,” passed away after she was rushed from the accident site to nearby St. Vincent Hospital in Suwon. Members Sojung and RiSe also suffered severe injuries and are currently receiving medical treatment at Ajou University Hospital. The Korea Herald is reporting that RiSe is reportedly in intensive care and that her condition is continually worsening due to low blood pressure, resulting in a halt in surgery procedures, while Sojung is continually in stable condition. The Fact also claims that Sojung will re-enter surgery shortly after sustaining injuries to her arm. Hospital staff refused to comment or provide additional details, citing privacy concerns.
According to OneHallyu, RiSe had to be resuscitated via defibrillation, indicating that her heart had stopped at one point, and that her brain may have been dented in several areas. “The surgeons had to operate on her brain 3 times,” the site said in its initial report. RiSe’s parents have also flown to South Korea from Japan. We are looking for more confirmation.
Sojung will also be moved to the much-larger Korea University Anam Hospital shortly; RiSe is expected to follow suit. The remaining group members Ashley and Zuni, the group’s manager, and a stylist suffered only minor injuries and will be discharged, according to Moonrok News, citing a local law enforcement agent. All members will eventually be moved to Seoul. The group was heading in the direction of Incheon before the time of the crash.
Go Eun-B was been laid to rest at the Korea University Anam Hospital, where family members and friends have already gathered to pay their respects. 
K-Pop One has made the editorial decision to publish the photos of the crash.
The group’s agency, Polaris Entertainment, confirmed the passing of Go Eun-Bi through a statement and faulted a loose tire for the accident. The agency also claimed the vehicle flipped and spun several times before slamming into the protective rail. We are also awaiting further details from police. Polaris also stated that funeral arrangements for Go Eun-Bi were currently being made.
Conflicting reports of the number of Ladies’ Code members involved in the accident initially caused mass confusion in the K-pop world. According to the Korea Herald, the vehicle carried three group members and four stylists, while YTN News and SBS reported that all five group members and two stylists were present. Additional reports indicate that all five group members and one stylist were present, along with the deceased driver.
Meanwhile, the hashtag “#RIPEunB” has immediately begun to trend worldwide on Twitter, K-Pop One confirmed, as fans remember her life and legacy through posts, photos, and videos. A number of other K-pop stars and celebrities have expressed their condolences, including Block B’s Jaehyo and Taeil, Rainbow’s Noeul and Jaekyung, APink, U-KISS’s Lee Kiseop, Brown Eyed Girls’ Jea, 4minute’s Sohyun, 2AM’s Jokwon, TAHITI’s MinJae, Girl’s Day’s Sojin, A.KOR, SPICA’s Jiwon, miss A’s Suzy, and others.
Go Eun-Bi had been a member of Ladies’ Code since it debuted in February last year. The group is best known for its MVs, including “Pretty Pretty,” “Hate You,” and the recently released digital single “So Wonderful.”
We offer our thoughts and condolences to her family and friends, as well as the millions she touched with her dazzling voice. Our hearts also go out to the remaining Ladies’ Code members as we wish for a full recovery.
Andrew Peng, Randi Wiggins and Emily Brown contributed to this report. ‘The World Lost an Angel Today’: Thousands Mourn After the Passing of Ladies’ Code Member Go Eun-Bi
(This is an updated version of a previous post. We are receiving conflicting information on the conditions of Ladies’ Code members RiSe and Sojung, and will post additional information accordingly.)
Ladies’ Code member and group sub-vocalist Go Eun-Bi has passed away after an early morning car accident in South Korea, local police confirmed today. The driver was also killed in the crash, and two other group members are receiving treatment at Ajou University Hospital after suffering severe wounds. 
The accident occurred at 1:20 am KST along the country’s Yeongdong Highway as the vehicle with Ladies’ Code members rammed into a protective wall on the side of the road near Singal Intersection. According to YTN News, heavy rain and weather were a major factor in the crash, which also killed the driver. However, police said the incident was under investigation.
According to hospital officials, 22-year-old Go Eun-Bi, affectionately known by her fans as “EunB,” passed away after she was rushed from the accident site to nearby St. Vincent Hospital in Suwon. Members Sojung and RiSe also suffered severe injuries and are currently receiving medical treatment at Ajou University Hospital. The Korea Herald is reporting that RiSe is reportedly in intensive care and that her condition is continually worsening due to low blood pressure, resulting in a halt in surgery procedures, while Sojung is continually in stable condition. The Fact also claims that Sojung will re-enter surgery shortly after sustaining injuries to her arm. Hospital staff refused to comment or provide additional details, citing privacy concerns.
According to OneHallyu, RiSe had to be resuscitated via defibrillation, indicating that her heart had stopped at one point, and that her brain may have been dented in several areas. “The surgeons had to operate on her brain 3 times,” the site said in its initial report. RiSe’s parents have also flown to South Korea from Japan. We are looking for more confirmation.
Sojung will also be moved to the much-larger Korea University Anam Hospital shortly; RiSe is expected to follow suit. The remaining group members Ashley and Zuni, the group’s manager, and a stylist suffered only minor injuries and will be discharged, according to Moonrok News, citing a local law enforcement agent. All members will eventually be moved to Seoul. The group was heading in the direction of Incheon before the time of the crash.
Go Eun-B was been laid to rest at the Korea University Anam Hospital, where family members and friends have already gathered to pay their respects. 
K-Pop One has made the editorial decision to publish the photos of the crash.
The group’s agency, Polaris Entertainment, confirmed the passing of Go Eun-Bi through a statement and faulted a loose tire for the accident. The agency also claimed the vehicle flipped and spun several times before slamming into the protective rail. We are also awaiting further details from police. Polaris also stated that funeral arrangements for Go Eun-Bi were currently being made.
Conflicting reports of the number of Ladies’ Code members involved in the accident initially caused mass confusion in the K-pop world. According to the Korea Herald, the vehicle carried three group members and four stylists, while YTN News and SBS reported that all five group members and two stylists were present. Additional reports indicate that all five group members and one stylist were present, along with the deceased driver.
Meanwhile, the hashtag “#RIPEunB” has immediately begun to trend worldwide on Twitter, K-Pop One confirmed, as fans remember her life and legacy through posts, photos, and videos. A number of other K-pop stars and celebrities have expressed their condolences, including Block B’s Jaehyo and Taeil, Rainbow’s Noeul and Jaekyung, APink, U-KISS’s Lee Kiseop, Brown Eyed Girls’ Jea, 4minute’s Sohyun, 2AM’s Jokwon, TAHITI’s MinJae, Girl’s Day’s Sojin, A.KOR, SPICA’s Jiwon, miss A’s Suzy, and others.
Go Eun-Bi had been a member of Ladies’ Code since it debuted in February last year. The group is best known for its MVs, including “Pretty Pretty,” “Hate You,” and the recently released digital single “So Wonderful.”
We offer our thoughts and condolences to her family and friends, as well as the millions she touched with her dazzling voice. Our hearts also go out to the remaining Ladies’ Code members as we wish for a full recovery.
Andrew Peng, Randi Wiggins and Emily Brown contributed to this report.

‘The World Lost an Angel Today’: Thousands Mourn After the Passing of Ladies’ Code Member Go Eun-Bi

(This is an updated version of a previous post. We are receiving conflicting information on the conditions of Ladies’ Code members RiSe and Sojung, and will post additional information accordingly.)

Ladies’ Code member and group sub-vocalist Go Eun-Bi has passed away after an early morning car accident in South Korea, local police confirmed today. The driver was also killed in the crash, and two other group members are receiving treatment at Ajou University Hospital after suffering severe wounds. 

The accident occurred at 1:20 am KST along the country’s Yeongdong Highway as the vehicle with Ladies’ Code members rammed into a protective wall on the side of the road near Singal Intersection. According to YTN News, heavy rain and weather were a major factor in the crash, which also killed the driver. However, police said the incident was under investigation.

According to hospital officials, 22-year-old Go Eun-Bi, affectionately known by her fans as “EunB,” passed away after she was rushed from the accident site to nearby St. Vincent Hospital in Suwon. Members Sojung and RiSe also suffered severe injuries and are currently receiving medical treatment at Ajou University Hospital. The Korea Herald is reporting that RiSe is reportedly in intensive care and that her condition is continually worsening due to low blood pressure, resulting in a halt in surgery procedures, while Sojung is continually in stable condition. The Fact also claims that Sojung will re-enter surgery shortly after sustaining injuries to her arm. Hospital staff refused to comment or provide additional details, citing privacy concerns.

According to OneHallyu, RiSe had to be resuscitated via defibrillation, indicating that her heart had stopped at one point, and that her brain may have been dented in several areas. “The surgeons had to operate on her brain 3 times,” the site said in its initial report. RiSe’s parents have also flown to South Korea from Japan. We are looking for more confirmation.

Sojung will also be moved to the much-larger Korea University Anam Hospital shortly; RiSe is expected to follow suit. The remaining group members Ashley and Zuni, the group’s manager, and a stylist suffered only minor injuries and will be discharged, according to Moonrok News, citing a local law enforcement agent. All members will eventually be moved to Seoul. The group was heading in the direction of Incheon before the time of the crash.

Go Eun-B was been laid to rest at the Korea University Anam Hospital, where family members and friends have already gathered to pay their respects. 

K-Pop One has made the editorial decision to publish the photos of the crash.

The group’s agency, Polaris Entertainment, confirmed the passing of Go Eun-Bi through a statement and faulted a loose tire for the accident. The agency also claimed the vehicle flipped and spun several times before slamming into the protective rail. We are also awaiting further details from police. Polaris also stated that funeral arrangements for Go Eun-Bi were currently being made.

Conflicting reports of the number of Ladies’ Code members involved in the accident initially caused mass confusion in the K-pop world. According to the Korea Herald, the vehicle carried three group members and four stylists, while YTN News and SBS reported that all five group members and two stylists were present. Additional reports indicate that all five group members and one stylist were present, along with the deceased driver.

Meanwhile, the hashtag “#RIPEunB” has immediately begun to trend worldwide on Twitter, K-Pop One confirmed, as fans remember her life and legacy through posts, photos, and videos. A number of other K-pop stars and celebrities have expressed their condolences, including Block B’s Jaehyo and Taeil, Rainbow’s Noeul and Jaekyung, APink, U-KISS’s Lee Kiseop, Brown Eyed Girls’ Jea, 4minute’s Sohyun, 2AM’s Jokwon, TAHITI’s MinJae, Girl’s Day’s Sojin, A.KOR, SPICA’s Jiwon, miss A’s Suzy, and others.

Go Eun-Bi had been a member of Ladies’ Code since it debuted in February last year. The group is best known for its MVs, including “Pretty Pretty,” “Hate You,” and the recently released digital single “So Wonderful.”

We offer our thoughts and condolences to her family and friends, as well as the millions she touched with her dazzling voice. Our hearts also go out to the remaining Ladies’ Code members as we wish for a full recovery.

Andrew Peng, Randi Wiggins and Emily Brown contributed to this report.

UPDATE: Our tribute and K-POP ONE obituary on Ladies’ Code member Go Eun-Bi will be published tomorrow. Follow our continual coverage of the Ladies’ Code car crash: bit.ly/1trUSFq

UPDATE: Our tribute and K-POP ONE obituary on Ladies’ Code member Go Eun-Bi will be published tomorrow. Follow our continual coverage of the Ladies’ Code car crash: bit.ly/1trUSFq

Ladies’ Code Member Go Eun-Bi Passes Away In Early Morning Car Accident
Read the full story with live updates here.
(Updated at 8:20 PM EST to include Polaris Entertainment’s statement.)
Ladies’ Code member and group sub-vocalist Go Eun-Bi has passed away after an early morning car accident in South Korea, local police confirmed. The driver was also killed in the crash, and two other members are receiving treatment at Ajou University Hospital after suffering severe wounds.
The accident occurred at 1:20 am KST along the country’s Yeongdong Highway as the vehicle with Ladies’ Code members rammed into a protective wall on the side of the road near Singal Intersection. According to YTN News, heavy rain and weather were a major factor in the crash, which also killed the driver. However, police said the incident was under investigation.
According to hospital officials, 22-year-old Go Eun-Bi, affectionately known by her fans as EunB, passed away after she was rushed from the accident site to nearby St. Vincent Hospital in Suwon. Members Sojung and RiSe also suffered severe injuries and are currently receiving medical treament. RiSe is reportedly well after nine hours of surgery in critical condition, while Sojung is continually in stable condition. Hospital staff refused to comment or provide additional details, citing privacy concerns.
The remaining group members Ashley and Zuni, the group’s manager, and a stylist suffered only minor injuries and are being discharged, according to Moonrok News, citing a local law enforcement agent. All members will eventually be moved to Seoul. Yonhap reported that the group was heading in the direction of Incheon before the time of the crash.
K-Pop One has made the editorial decision to publish the photos of the crash.
The group’s agency, Polaris Entertainment, confirmed the passing of Go Eun-Bi through a statement, and faulted a loose tire for the accident. The agency also claimed the vehicle flipped and spun several times before slamming into the protective rail. We are also awaiting further details from police. Polaris also stated that funeral arrangements for Go Eun-Bi have yet to be made.
Conflicting reports of the number of Ladies’ Code members involved in the accident initially caused mass confusion in the K-pop world. According to the Korean Herald, the vehicle carried three group members and four stylists, while YTN News and SBS reported that all five group members and two stylists were present. Additional reports indicate that all five group members and one stylist were present, along with the deceased driver.
Meanwhile, the hashtag “#RIPEunB” has immediately begun to trend worldwide on Twitter, K-Pop One confirmed, as fans remember her life and legacy through posts, photos, and videos. A number of other K-pop stars and celebrities have expressed their condolences, including Block B’s Jaehyo and Taeil, Rainbow’s Noeul and Jaekyung, APink, U-KISS’s Lee Kiseop, Brown Eyed Girls’ Jea, 4minutes Sohyun, 2AM’s Jokwon, TAHITI’s MinJae, Girl’s Day’s Sojin, A.KOR, SPICA’s Jiwon, miss A’s Suzy, and others.
Go Eun-Bi had been a member of Ladies’ Code since it debuted in February last year. The group is best known for its MVs, including “Pretty Pretty,” “Hate You,” and the recently released digital single “So Wonderful.”
We offer our thoughts and condolences to her family and friends, as well as the millions she touched with her dazzling voice. Our hearts also go out to the remaining Ladies’ Code members as we wish for a full recovery.
Andrew Peng, Randi Wiggins and Emily Brown contributed to this report.

Ladies’ Code Member Go Eun-Bi Passes Away In Early Morning Car Accident

Read the full story with live updates here.

(Updated at 8:20 PM EST to include Polaris Entertainment’s statement.)

Ladies’ Code member and group sub-vocalist Go Eun-Bi has passed away after an early morning car accident in South Korea, local police confirmed. The driver was also killed in the crash, and two other members are receiving treatment at Ajou University Hospital after suffering severe wounds.

The accident occurred at 1:20 am KST along the country’s Yeongdong Highway as the vehicle with Ladies’ Code members rammed into a protective wall on the side of the road near Singal Intersection. According to YTN News, heavy rain and weather were a major factor in the crash, which also killed the driver. However, police said the incident was under investigation.

According to hospital officials, 22-year-old Go Eun-Bi, affectionately known by her fans as EunB, passed away after she was rushed from the accident site to nearby St. Vincent Hospital in Suwon. Members Sojung and RiSe also suffered severe injuries and are currently receiving medical treament. RiSe is reportedly well after nine hours of surgery in critical condition, while Sojung is continually in stable condition. Hospital staff refused to comment or provide additional details, citing privacy concerns.

The remaining group members Ashley and Zuni, the group’s manager, and a stylist suffered only minor injuries and are being discharged, according to Moonrok News, citing a local law enforcement agent. All members will eventually be moved to Seoul. Yonhap reported that the group was heading in the direction of Incheon before the time of the crash.

K-Pop One has made the editorial decision to publish the photos of the crash.

The group’s agency, Polaris Entertainment, confirmed the passing of Go Eun-Bi through a statement, and faulted a loose tire for the accident. The agency also claimed the vehicle flipped and spun several times before slamming into the protective rail. We are also awaiting further details from police. Polaris also stated that funeral arrangements for Go Eun-Bi have yet to be made.

Conflicting reports of the number of Ladies’ Code members involved in the accident initially caused mass confusion in the K-pop world. According to the Korean Herald, the vehicle carried three group members and four stylists, while YTN News and SBS reported that all five group members and two stylists were present. Additional reports indicate that all five group members and one stylist were present, along with the deceased driver.

Meanwhile, the hashtag “#RIPEunB” has immediately begun to trend worldwide on Twitter, K-Pop One confirmed, as fans remember her life and legacy through posts, photos, and videos. A number of other K-pop stars and celebrities have expressed their condolences, including Block B’s Jaehyo and Taeil, Rainbow’s Noeul and Jaekyung, APink, U-KISS’s Lee Kiseop, Brown Eyed Girls’ Jea, 4minutes Sohyun, 2AM’s Jokwon, TAHITI’s MinJae, Girl’s Day’s Sojin, A.KOR, SPICA’s Jiwon, miss A’s Suzy, and others.

Go Eun-Bi had been a member of Ladies’ Code since it debuted in February last year. The group is best known for its MVs, including “Pretty Pretty,” “Hate You,” and the recently released digital single “So Wonderful.”

We offer our thoughts and condolences to her family and friends, as well as the millions she touched with her dazzling voice. Our hearts also go out to the remaining Ladies’ Code members as we wish for a full recovery.

Andrew Peng, Randi Wiggins and Emily Brown contributed to this report.

Police to Summon Kim Hyun Joong for Questioning Next Week, Dispatch Releases Graphic Photos
27 August 2014 at 2:30 pm EST: The Seoul Songpa Police Office has summoned singer and actor Kim Hyun Joong for questioning and testimony after his former girlfriend, identified as “A”, pressed charges of alleged assault and battery against him.
A police spokesman said that while an exact date had not yet been determined, Joong is expected to be questioned in the beginning of September. An assault investigation has already been launched by the office.
The Inspiring Generation actor is reportedly back in Korea after holding a concert in Thailand on August 24. He is scheduled to perform in China on August 31. His agency, KeyEast Entertainment, has promised that Joong will fully cooperate with police.
After “A” pressed charges against Joong on August 20, police said she submitted her testimony and a handful of evidence documents, including medical documentation of her alleged injuries sustained after repeated beatings by the Korean star. “A” said she had been dating Joong since 2012, and was assaulted four times in his home in Songpa-gu, resulting in severe bruising on various parts of her body and a fractured rib.

Gossip site Dispatch released graphic photos of what they claimed were the injuries caused by Joong, contained within what they purported was a hospital injury certificate that “A” submitted to police. K-Pop One cannot confirm the authenticity of the photos or the certificate, and has made the editorial decision not to publish them due to the ongoing police investigation.
Live updates on the story here.

Police to Summon Kim Hyun Joong for Questioning Next Week, Dispatch Releases Graphic Photos

27 August 2014 at 2:30 pm EST: The Seoul Songpa Police Office has summoned singer and actor Kim Hyun Joong for questioning and testimony after his former girlfriend, identified as “A”, pressed charges of alleged assault and battery against him.

A police spokesman said that while an exact date had not yet been determined, Joong is expected to be questioned in the beginning of September. An assault investigation has already been launched by the office.

The Inspiring Generation actor is reportedly back in Korea after holding a concert in Thailand on August 24. He is scheduled to perform in China on August 31. His agency, KeyEast Entertainment, has promised that Joong will fully cooperate with police.

After “A” pressed charges against Joong on August 20, police said she submitted her testimony and a handful of evidence documents, including medical documentation of her alleged injuries sustained after repeated beatings by the Korean star. “A” said she had been dating Joong since 2012, and was assaulted four times in his home in Songpa-gu, resulting in severe bruising on various parts of her body and a fractured rib.

Gossip site Dispatch released graphic photos of what they claimed were the injuries caused by Joong, contained within what they purported was a hospital injury certificate that “A” submitted to police. K-Pop One cannot confirm the authenticity of the photos or the certificate, and has made the editorial decision not to publish them due to the ongoing police investigation.

Live updates on the story here.

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Texts Contradict KeyEast’s Statement on Abuse Allegations Against Kim Hyun Joong, Dispatch Claims
25 August 2014 at 3:53 am EST: Korean gossip site Dispatch claims to have obtained a series of texts that contradict Kim Hyun Joong’s earlier statement through his agency KeyEast Entertainment insisting that he did not assault his girlfriend, identified as “A”. The alleged evidence also supports initial observations and analysis by K-Pop One showing striking differences between the two accounts.
After the Korean Herald reported that the Joong’s girlfriend had pressed criminal charges against the singer for repeated instances of assault and battery spanning approximately two months, a sea of furor has been building within the K-pop community. “A” claims to have dated Joong for approximately two years, sustaining severe bruising and a fractured rib after reportedly being kicked and beaten between the months of May and July of this year. The details have only infuriated many, only creating deep divisions, with others racing to his defense, claiming that the full story had to be heard.
Dispatch released three selective text conversations earlier today that contained crucial lines:
-The first one purports to show a text conversation between the two in 2013 and 2014, in which Joong sends the following messages (edited for clarity, see photo 1)
-The second purported text conversation reportedly occurred in May 2014, in which “A” told Joong that her body was “full of bruises.” Joong would later apologize and acknowledge the injuries he reportedly caused (edited for clarity, see photo 2):
-The third and final text conversation occurs at an identified date between “A” and alleged friend, in which “A” detailed a fight with Joong that would apparently result in a fractured rib (edited for clarity, see photo 3). This would also stand at odds with KeyEast’s statement, which claimed that only one physical altercation occurred and that the rib was a “separate incident” resulting from the couple “joking around” (see chart on update 1):
Dispatch also published numerous photos of the couple in April 2012 and a photo from March 2014, reportedly taking amid continual filming of Joong’s drama, Inspiring Generation. This, Dispatch claims, verifies that the two individuals had dated since 2012, in stark contrast with KeyEast’s statement, which claimed that the two had only begun dating “a couple of months” ago.K-Pop One has made the editorial decision not to publish the photos.
It is key to note that the alleged evidence released by Dispatch is unconfirmed and should not be taken as fact amid a criminal investigation by police in Seoul. K-Pop One has not independently confirmed the validity of the texts or the images.
As Joong continues to maintain his innocence, promoters from Inspiring Generation have halted promotions for his drama in China.
“International fans are pretty understanding about sex or dating [scandals], but assault scandals are different,” a spokesperson said. “If the police investigation shows that it was indeed assault, his image will take a huge blow.” (For detailed information on the charges, please see update 1 and our original article)
KeyEast released a statement assuring that Joong’s world tour would continue, saying that contracts had already been signed and that promoters had an obligation to fulfill contractual agreements. Texts Contradict KeyEast’s Statement on Abuse Allegations Against Kim Hyun Joong, Dispatch Claims
25 August 2014 at 3:53 am EST: Korean gossip site Dispatch claims to have obtained a series of texts that contradict Kim Hyun Joong’s earlier statement through his agency KeyEast Entertainment insisting that he did not assault his girlfriend, identified as “A”. The alleged evidence also supports initial observations and analysis by K-Pop One showing striking differences between the two accounts.
After the Korean Herald reported that the Joong’s girlfriend had pressed criminal charges against the singer for repeated instances of assault and battery spanning approximately two months, a sea of furor has been building within the K-pop community. “A” claims to have dated Joong for approximately two years, sustaining severe bruising and a fractured rib after reportedly being kicked and beaten between the months of May and July of this year. The details have only infuriated many, only creating deep divisions, with others racing to his defense, claiming that the full story had to be heard.
Dispatch released three selective text conversations earlier today that contained crucial lines:
-The first one purports to show a text conversation between the two in 2013 and 2014, in which Joong sends the following messages (edited for clarity, see photo 1)
-The second purported text conversation reportedly occurred in May 2014, in which “A” told Joong that her body was “full of bruises.” Joong would later apologize and acknowledge the injuries he reportedly caused (edited for clarity, see photo 2):
-The third and final text conversation occurs at an identified date between “A” and alleged friend, in which “A” detailed a fight with Joong that would apparently result in a fractured rib (edited for clarity, see photo 3). This would also stand at odds with KeyEast’s statement, which claimed that only one physical altercation occurred and that the rib was a “separate incident” resulting from the couple “joking around” (see chart on update 1):
Dispatch also published numerous photos of the couple in April 2012 and a photo from March 2014, reportedly taking amid continual filming of Joong’s drama, Inspiring Generation. This, Dispatch claims, verifies that the two individuals had dated since 2012, in stark contrast with KeyEast’s statement, which claimed that the two had only begun dating “a couple of months” ago.K-Pop One has made the editorial decision not to publish the photos.
It is key to note that the alleged evidence released by Dispatch is unconfirmed and should not be taken as fact amid a criminal investigation by police in Seoul. K-Pop One has not independently confirmed the validity of the texts or the images.
As Joong continues to maintain his innocence, promoters from Inspiring Generation have halted promotions for his drama in China.
“International fans are pretty understanding about sex or dating [scandals], but assault scandals are different,” a spokesperson said. “If the police investigation shows that it was indeed assault, his image will take a huge blow.” (For detailed information on the charges, please see update 1 and our original article)
KeyEast released a statement assuring that Joong’s world tour would continue, saying that contracts had already been signed and that promoters had an obligation to fulfill contractual agreements. Texts Contradict KeyEast’s Statement on Abuse Allegations Against Kim Hyun Joong, Dispatch Claims
25 August 2014 at 3:53 am EST: Korean gossip site Dispatch claims to have obtained a series of texts that contradict Kim Hyun Joong’s earlier statement through his agency KeyEast Entertainment insisting that he did not assault his girlfriend, identified as “A”. The alleged evidence also supports initial observations and analysis by K-Pop One showing striking differences between the two accounts.
After the Korean Herald reported that the Joong’s girlfriend had pressed criminal charges against the singer for repeated instances of assault and battery spanning approximately two months, a sea of furor has been building within the K-pop community. “A” claims to have dated Joong for approximately two years, sustaining severe bruising and a fractured rib after reportedly being kicked and beaten between the months of May and July of this year. The details have only infuriated many, only creating deep divisions, with others racing to his defense, claiming that the full story had to be heard.
Dispatch released three selective text conversations earlier today that contained crucial lines:
-The first one purports to show a text conversation between the two in 2013 and 2014, in which Joong sends the following messages (edited for clarity, see photo 1)
-The second purported text conversation reportedly occurred in May 2014, in which “A” told Joong that her body was “full of bruises.” Joong would later apologize and acknowledge the injuries he reportedly caused (edited for clarity, see photo 2):
-The third and final text conversation occurs at an identified date between “A” and alleged friend, in which “A” detailed a fight with Joong that would apparently result in a fractured rib (edited for clarity, see photo 3). This would also stand at odds with KeyEast’s statement, which claimed that only one physical altercation occurred and that the rib was a “separate incident” resulting from the couple “joking around” (see chart on update 1):
Dispatch also published numerous photos of the couple in April 2012 and a photo from March 2014, reportedly taking amid continual filming of Joong’s drama, Inspiring Generation. This, Dispatch claims, verifies that the two individuals had dated since 2012, in stark contrast with KeyEast’s statement, which claimed that the two had only begun dating “a couple of months” ago.K-Pop One has made the editorial decision not to publish the photos.
It is key to note that the alleged evidence released by Dispatch is unconfirmed and should not be taken as fact amid a criminal investigation by police in Seoul. K-Pop One has not independently confirmed the validity of the texts or the images.
As Joong continues to maintain his innocence, promoters from Inspiring Generation have halted promotions for his drama in China.
“International fans are pretty understanding about sex or dating [scandals], but assault scandals are different,” a spokesperson said. “If the police investigation shows that it was indeed assault, his image will take a huge blow.” (For detailed information on the charges, please see update 1 and our original article)
KeyEast released a statement assuring that Joong’s world tour would continue, saying that contracts had already been signed and that promoters had an obligation to fulfill contractual agreements.

Texts Contradict KeyEast’s Statement on Abuse Allegations Against Kim Hyun Joong, Dispatch Claims

25 August 2014 at 3:53 am EST: Korean gossip site Dispatch claims to have obtained a series of texts that contradict Kim Hyun Joong’s earlier statement through his agency KeyEast Entertainment insisting that he did not assault his girlfriend, identified as “A”. The alleged evidence also supports initial observations and analysis by K-Pop One showing striking differences between the two accounts.

After the Korean Herald reported that the Joong’s girlfriend had pressed criminal charges against the singer for repeated instances of assault and battery spanning approximately two months, a sea of furor has been building within the K-pop community. “A” claims to have dated Joong for approximately two years, sustaining severe bruising and a fractured rib after reportedly being kicked and beaten between the months of May and July of this year. The details have only infuriated many, only creating deep divisions, with others racing to his defense, claiming that the full story had to be heard.

Dispatch released three selective text conversations earlier today that contained crucial lines:

-The first one purports to show a text conversation between the two in 2013 and 2014, in which Joong sends the following messages (edited for clarity, see photo 1)

-The second purported text conversation reportedly occurred in May 2014, in which “A” told Joong that her body was “full of bruises.” Joong would later apologize and acknowledge the injuries he reportedly caused (edited for clarity, see photo 2):

-The third and final text conversation occurs at an identified date between “A” and alleged friend, in which “A” detailed a fight with Joong that would apparently result in a fractured rib (edited for clarity, see photo 3). This would also stand at odds with KeyEast’s statement, which claimed that only one physical altercation occurred and that the rib was a “separate incident” resulting from the couple “joking around” (see chart on update 1):

Dispatch also published numerous photos of the couple in April 2012 and a photo from March 2014, reportedly taking amid continual filming of Joong’s drama, Inspiring Generation. This, Dispatch claims, verifies that the two individuals had dated since 2012, in stark contrast with KeyEast’s statement, which claimed that the two had only begun dating “a couple of months” ago.K-Pop One has made the editorial decision not to publish the photos.

It is key to note that the alleged evidence released by Dispatch is unconfirmed and should not be taken as fact amid a criminal investigation by police in Seoul. K-Pop One has not independently confirmed the validity of the texts or the images.

As Joong continues to maintain his innocence, promoters from Inspiring Generation have halted promotions for his drama in China.

“International fans are pretty understanding about sex or dating [scandals], but assault scandals are different,” a spokesperson said. “If the police investigation shows that it was indeed assault, his image will take a huge blow.” (For detailed information on the charges, please see update 1 and our original article)

KeyEast released a statement assuring that Joong’s world tour would continue, saying that contracts had already been signed and that promoters had an obligation to fulfill contractual agreements.

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Kim Hyun Joong Charged Over Repeated Instances of Alleged Assault and Battery
Read the full story and explainer here.
Kim Hyun Joong’s alleged girlfriend has pressed criminal charges against the Korean singer for repeated instances of assault and battery spanning approximately two months, local media reported today.
The girlfriend, identified only as “A”, had been dating Joong for around two years, with their relationship beginning in 2012. According to an acquaintance, “A” alleged that after several “problems with women” arose, she was repeatedly and severely assaulted by Joong in his apartment between the months of May and July of this year.
In May, “A” reportedly sustained severe bruising to the face, arms, chest, hips, and various other areas of her body, injuries which were diagnosed as requiring around two weeks of treatment. In July, the abuse only worsened, with “A” suffering a fractured rib amid the violence. A six-week recovery was required.

According to Soompi, “A” went through a repeated “cycle of assault, apology and forgiveness…however, the situation kept getting worse, and she [“A”] eventually decided to press criminal charges.”

After pressing charges at the Songpa police station in southeastern Seoul, “A” has completed her initial statement and has submitted a handful of documents to law enforcement, including medical reports and a doctor’s note detailing her injuries and declarations of relationship status. While Joong is yet to be questioned, police have confirmed he will be summoned shortly as “thorough” investigation is launched.
Domestic and relationship violence in South Korea is a growing problem. The country saw a 30% surge in domestic violence cases in 2013 compared to 8,762 cases in 2012, according to government figures. More than 15% of married women in South Korea are victimized by domestic violence, a ratio that is around five times higher than other nations such as Britain or Japan. Additionally, the second-offense has quadrupled over the past few years to 32.2% in 2012, according to ANN, suggesting that efforts to prevent family violence have been inadequate.

Domestic violence has finally begun catching renewed attention of the Korean government, with the Minister of Gender Equality and Family Cho Yoon-sun noting in 2013 that domestic violence was no longer a matter confined to households, adding that it had become a serious social problem.

Police have slowly gained new powers through significant legal changes enacted by lawmakers in 2011, with law enforcement now able to respond to reports of abuse by having the ability to enter homes without permission. (This was later followed by a revision allowing police to impose on-the-spot restraining orders, according to the Korean Herald.)
The Ministry says it has provided domestic violence awareness training to more than 2,000 officers as of 2011. The legislature has also ratified a slew of laws related to Domestic violence, including the Act on Special Cases Concerning the Punishment of Crimes of Domestic Violence of 2011 and Act of the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Protection of Victims of 2010, which declares domestic violence a crime and levies harsh punishments to abusers. Based on the 1997 law, the government provides shelters and counseling centers for domestic violence victims.
Joong’s agency KeyEast said they were investigating the situation and refused to confirm the reports’ authenticity.
Update 1: KeyEast Calls Assault Reports ‘Exaggerated’ 
23 August 2014 at 11:10 am EST: Kim Hyun Joong’s agency, KeyEast, released a statement defending the singer after his girlfriend, identified only as “A”, reportedly pressed criminal charges against him for repeated instances of assault and battery spanning approximately two months. The agency also called media reports “exaggerated” and pledged that Joong would fully co-operate with the ongoing police investigation.
KeyEast’s statement provides us with some key facts, including confirmation that Joong does have a girlfriend and that a physical fight did occur. However, the claims put forward stand in stark contrast with initial reports, including timeframe, the cause of the injuries, and the number of physical encounters. As our editor Eric Tang noted, the agency took an interesting step in claiming that “A’s” fractured rib was a result of “joking around”, and that the injury was not identified until a day or more later.
The statement can be read below: 

“Firstly, we would like to apologize for releasing this statement later than expected as there were many details regarding the situation that we had to clarify.More than anything, we want to first apologize for worrying those that care for Kim Hyun Joong.
“Upon confirmation, it is true that the two [Kim Hyun Joong and girlfriend ‘A’] have known each other for two years. However, they have only been romantically involved since about a couple of months ago. In that period of time, there was a severe verbal argument, during which emotions ran high and the fight turned physical. It was not however, the case of two months of repeated assault as was reported by the media.
“The aforementioned physical encounter was a single occurrence, and the fractured rib [mentioned in previous reports] happened while joking around with each other; the injury was not even noticed the next day, while she [‘A’] was spending time with her friends.
“It is regrettable that only the plaintiff’s side was represented in the media, falsely reported and exaggerated. We [KeyEast and Kim Hyun Joong] will work to reveal the truth through accurate investigation, and will fully cooperate with any further police investigations.
“Kim Hyun Joong will be carrying on with his current schedule, as they were previously scheduled activities. Following, in addition to working to smoothly see out the current situation, Kim Hyun Joong will be taking some time off for the time being.”
Kim Hyun Joong Charged Over Repeated Instances of Alleged Assault and Battery
Read the full story and explainer here.
Kim Hyun Joong’s alleged girlfriend has pressed criminal charges against the Korean singer for repeated instances of assault and battery spanning approximately two months, local media reported today.
The girlfriend, identified only as “A”, had been dating Joong for around two years, with their relationship beginning in 2012. According to an acquaintance, “A” alleged that after several “problems with women” arose, she was repeatedly and severely assaulted by Joong in his apartment between the months of May and July of this year.
In May, “A” reportedly sustained severe bruising to the face, arms, chest, hips, and various other areas of her body, injuries which were diagnosed as requiring around two weeks of treatment. In July, the abuse only worsened, with “A” suffering a fractured rib amid the violence. A six-week recovery was required.

According to Soompi, “A” went through a repeated “cycle of assault, apology and forgiveness…however, the situation kept getting worse, and she [“A”] eventually decided to press criminal charges.”

After pressing charges at the Songpa police station in southeastern Seoul, “A” has completed her initial statement and has submitted a handful of documents to law enforcement, including medical reports and a doctor’s note detailing her injuries and declarations of relationship status. While Joong is yet to be questioned, police have confirmed he will be summoned shortly as “thorough” investigation is launched.
Domestic and relationship violence in South Korea is a growing problem. The country saw a 30% surge in domestic violence cases in 2013 compared to 8,762 cases in 2012, according to government figures. More than 15% of married women in South Korea are victimized by domestic violence, a ratio that is around five times higher than other nations such as Britain or Japan. Additionally, the second-offense has quadrupled over the past few years to 32.2% in 2012, according to ANN, suggesting that efforts to prevent family violence have been inadequate.

Domestic violence has finally begun catching renewed attention of the Korean government, with the Minister of Gender Equality and Family Cho Yoon-sun noting in 2013 that domestic violence was no longer a matter confined to households, adding that it had become a serious social problem.

Police have slowly gained new powers through significant legal changes enacted by lawmakers in 2011, with law enforcement now able to respond to reports of abuse by having the ability to enter homes without permission. (This was later followed by a revision allowing police to impose on-the-spot restraining orders, according to the Korean Herald.)
The Ministry says it has provided domestic violence awareness training to more than 2,000 officers as of 2011. The legislature has also ratified a slew of laws related to Domestic violence, including the Act on Special Cases Concerning the Punishment of Crimes of Domestic Violence of 2011 and Act of the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Protection of Victims of 2010, which declares domestic violence a crime and levies harsh punishments to abusers. Based on the 1997 law, the government provides shelters and counseling centers for domestic violence victims.
Joong’s agency KeyEast said they were investigating the situation and refused to confirm the reports’ authenticity.
Update 1: KeyEast Calls Assault Reports ‘Exaggerated’ 
23 August 2014 at 11:10 am EST: Kim Hyun Joong’s agency, KeyEast, released a statement defending the singer after his girlfriend, identified only as “A”, reportedly pressed criminal charges against him for repeated instances of assault and battery spanning approximately two months. The agency also called media reports “exaggerated” and pledged that Joong would fully co-operate with the ongoing police investigation.
KeyEast’s statement provides us with some key facts, including confirmation that Joong does have a girlfriend and that a physical fight did occur. However, the claims put forward stand in stark contrast with initial reports, including timeframe, the cause of the injuries, and the number of physical encounters. As our editor Eric Tang noted, the agency took an interesting step in claiming that “A’s” fractured rib was a result of “joking around”, and that the injury was not identified until a day or more later.
The statement can be read below: 

“Firstly, we would like to apologize for releasing this statement later than expected as there were many details regarding the situation that we had to clarify.More than anything, we want to first apologize for worrying those that care for Kim Hyun Joong.
“Upon confirmation, it is true that the two [Kim Hyun Joong and girlfriend ‘A’] have known each other for two years. However, they have only been romantically involved since about a couple of months ago. In that period of time, there was a severe verbal argument, during which emotions ran high and the fight turned physical. It was not however, the case of two months of repeated assault as was reported by the media.
“The aforementioned physical encounter was a single occurrence, and the fractured rib [mentioned in previous reports] happened while joking around with each other; the injury was not even noticed the next day, while she [‘A’] was spending time with her friends.
“It is regrettable that only the plaintiff’s side was represented in the media, falsely reported and exaggerated. We [KeyEast and Kim Hyun Joong] will work to reveal the truth through accurate investigation, and will fully cooperate with any further police investigations.
“Kim Hyun Joong will be carrying on with his current schedule, as they were previously scheduled activities. Following, in addition to working to smoothly see out the current situation, Kim Hyun Joong will be taking some time off for the time being.”

Kim Hyun Joong Charged Over Repeated Instances of Alleged Assault and Battery

Read the full story and explainer here.

Kim Hyun Joong’s alleged girlfriend has pressed criminal charges against the Korean singer for repeated instances of assault and battery spanning approximately two months, local media reported today.

The girlfriend, identified only as “A”, had been dating Joong for around two years, with their relationship beginning in 2012. According to an acquaintance, “A” alleged that after several “problems with women” arose, she was repeatedly and severely assaulted by Joong in his apartment between the months of May and July of this year.

In May, “A” reportedly sustained severe bruising to the face, arms, chest, hips, and various other areas of her body, injuries which were diagnosed as requiring around two weeks of treatment. In July, the abuse only worsened, with “A” suffering a fractured rib amid the violence. A six-week recovery was required.

According to Soompi, “A” went through a repeated “cycle of assault, apology and forgiveness…however, the situation kept getting worse, and she [“A”] eventually decided to press criminal charges.”

After pressing charges at the Songpa police station in southeastern Seoul, “A” has completed her initial statement and has submitted a handful of documents to law enforcement, including medical reports and a doctor’s note detailing her injuries and declarations of relationship status. While Joong is yet to be questioned, police have confirmed he will be summoned shortly as “thorough” investigation is launched.

Domestic and relationship violence in South Korea is a growing problem. The country saw a 30% surge in domestic violence cases in 2013 compared to 8,762 cases in 2012, according to government figures. More than 15% of married women in South Korea are victimized by domestic violence, a ratio that is around five times higher than other nations such as Britain or Japan. Additionally, the second-offense has quadrupled over the past few years to 32.2% in 2012, according to ANN, suggesting that efforts to prevent family violence have been inadequate.

Domestic violence has finally begun catching renewed attention of the Korean government, with the Minister of Gender Equality and Family Cho Yoon-sun noting in 2013 that domestic violence was no longer a matter confined to households, adding that it had become a serious social problem.

Police have slowly gained new powers through significant legal changes enacted by lawmakers in 2011, with law enforcement now able to respond to reports of abuse by having the ability to enter homes without permission. (This was later followed by a revision allowing police to impose on-the-spot restraining orders, according to the Korean Herald.)

The Ministry says it has provided domestic violence awareness training to more than 2,000 officers as of 2011. The legislature has also ratified a slew of laws related to Domestic violence, including the Act on Special Cases Concerning the Punishment of Crimes of Domestic Violence of 2011 and Act of the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Protection of Victims of 2010, which declares domestic violence a crime and levies harsh punishments to abusers. Based on the 1997 law, the government provides shelters and counseling centers for domestic violence victims.

Joong’s agency KeyEast said they were investigating the situation and refused to confirm the reports’ authenticity.

Update 1: KeyEast Calls Assault Reports ‘Exaggerated’ 

23 August 2014 at 11:10 am EST: Kim Hyun Joong’s agency, KeyEast, released a statement defending the singer after his girlfriend, identified only as “A”, reportedly pressed criminal charges against him for repeated instances of assault and battery spanning approximately two months. The agency also called media reports “exaggerated” and pledged that Joong would fully co-operate with the ongoing police investigation.

KeyEast’s statement provides us with some key facts, including confirmation that Joong does have a girlfriend and that a physical fight did occur. However, the claims put forward stand in stark contrast with initial reports, including timeframe, the cause of the injuries, and the number of physical encounters. As our editor Eric Tang noted, the agency took an interesting step in claiming that “A’s” fractured rib was a result of “joking around”, and that the injury was not identified until a day or more later.

The statement can be read below: 

“Firstly, we would like to apologize for releasing this statement later than expected as there were many details regarding the situation that we had to clarify.More than anything, we want to first apologize for worrying those that care for Kim Hyun Joong.

“Upon confirmation, it is true that the two [Kim Hyun Joong and girlfriend ‘A’] have known each other for two years. However, they have only been romantically involved since about a couple of months ago. In that period of time, there was a severe verbal argument, during which emotions ran high and the fight turned physical. It was not however, the case of two months of repeated assault as was reported by the media.

“The aforementioned physical encounter was a single occurrence, and the fractured rib [mentioned in previous reports] happened while joking around with each other; the injury was not even noticed the next day, while she [‘A’] was spending time with her friends.

“It is regrettable that only the plaintiff’s side was represented in the media, falsely reported and exaggerated. We [KeyEast and Kim Hyun Joong] will work to reveal the truth through accurate investigation, and will fully cooperate with any further police investigations.

“Kim Hyun Joong will be carrying on with his current schedule, as they were previously scheduled activities. Following, in addition to working to smoothly see out the current situation, Kim Hyun Joong will be taking some time off for the time being.”

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