According to an exclusive by Channel A, Actress Kim So Yeon was sued for fraud along with her boyfriend, referred to as “A,” who runs an electronic cigarette business. The plaintiffs are the five people who invested 900 million won (approx. 830,000 USD) in his business.
The plaintiffs claim, “We invested in this business believing “A’s” words saying that these cigarettes were patented products. But, we found out that they were imported from China.”
“Kim So Yeon also participated in the process of investment and told the investors that ‘this is a trustworthy business’ and led the signing of the contract. She even promoted it on the internet,” they said.
However, during her initial questioning, Kim So Yeon adamantly denied the accusations.
Previously on April 22, according to the report, police asked for Kim So Yeon’s attendance in a joint questioning with the plaintiffs, but prior to the scheduled time, the actress relayed that she would not be attending due to her filming schedule and health related issues.
On April 23, Kim So Yeon’s agency Namoo Actors released their official statement saying, “The plaintiffs’ charges are completely false. Unlike what the plaintiffs claim, Kim So Yeon has no relations to the company Puff Bar and never participated in any financial dealings.”
The agency continued explaining, “Kim So Yeon had no idea why she was getting sued and does not know the plaintiffs at all. The only contact she ever had with them is when one of the plaintiffs asked “A” to give the plaintiff’s sister a signature for her nail shop opening, as well as a 10-second conversation with the plaintiff, who said he was a fan of Kim So Yeon and wanted to hear her voice. That is all.”
“Kim So Yeon has never done anything to the plaintiffs or anyone to deserve punishment of the law,” the agency stressed.
The following is the official statement from Namoo Actors:
Hello. This is Namoo Actors.
This is the official statement regarding actress Kim So Yeon’s lawsuit for fraud.
We clearly state that the plaintiffs’ charges are invalid. Unlike the plaintiffs’ claims, she had no business in dealing with Puff Bar, including financial dealings.
Kim So Yeon had no idea as to why she was getting sued, for she does not know any of the plaintiffs. The only contact she ever had with them is when one of the plaintiffs asked “A” to give the plaintiff’s sister a signature for her nail shop opening, as well as a 10-second conversation with the plaintiff, who said he was a fan of Kim So Yeon and wanted to hear her voice. That is all.
She only did a good deed as a public figure in this situation, met often with similar requests. Kim So Yeon has never done anything to the plaintiffs or anyone to deserve punishment of the law.
This is an attempt by [the plaintiffs] to garner attention for their own cause taking advantage of Kim So Yeon’s publicity. We will not remain quiet with this issue and will respond with strict, legal action, including charges of libel.
Also, after confirming, Puff Bar’s owner ‘A’ is a childhood friend of the actress who coincidentally reunited with her last year through an event. They have been seeing each other ever since but they do not have any business relationships together.
Kim So Yeon has already fulfilled her duty with the police. The reason she did not attend the second investigation is because she does not know the plaintiff, so she had no need to do so.
Furthermore, Kim So Yeon and related parties are afraid of false rumors spreading because of this lawsuit. Please refrain from releasing any articles discussing rumors or unconfirmed facts of this issue.