Continuing in the convoluted saga that is the conflict between singer Kim Hyun Joong and his ex-girlfriend Ms. Choi, the fourth pre-trial hearing in the 1.6 billion won (approximately $14 million) lawsuit against the singer was held on October 30.
The hearing was held before the Seoul Central District Court. Before the proceedings began, Ms. Choi reportedly asked Kim Hyun Joong’s lawyer if he’d seen the baby yet. “You’ve not yet seen the baby, but I have a photo. The baby looks just like Kim Hyun Joong. Shall I send you the photo?” Kim Hyun Joong’s father reportedly declined the offer, saying that they’ll confirm the paternity first through a DNA test and then talk about seeing the child.
However, Kim Hyun Joong’s lawyers did confirm that the photo Ms. Choi offered was real, and revealed the child’s gender as male. However, Ms. Choi did not reveal the baby’s blood type, claiming that she didn’t know what blood type he has.
The hearing is yet another chapter in the ongoing conflict, which has been largely made up of a lot of “he said, she said” from both sides. Earlier this year, Kim Hyun Joong was fined five million won (approximately $4,300) for domestic assault, and then Ms. Choi revealed she was pregnant and sued Kim Hyun Joong for 1.6 billion won in damages (today’s hearing was part of this lawsuit). Kim Hyun Joong consequently filed a countersuit for 1.2 billion won (approximately $10.5 million) for slander following Ms. Choi revealing a previous pregnancy and miscarriage to the media, citing a lack of evidence to support her claims. The most recent revelation is the conflict is Kim Hyun Joong writing a letter to the media to clarify his side, claiming that Ms. Choi continues to lie to him about the child.