Singer Kim Hyun Joong has been charged for alleged assault and battery.
Recently, Korean media reported that Kim Hyun Joong’s girlfriend “A,” whom he has been dating for two years, pressed criminal charges against the singer for repeated instances of assault and battery between May and July of this year.
An acquaintance of “A” said, “The two have been dating since 2012. After May, there were several instances of problems with women, and in the midst of that, he [Kim Hyun Joong] severely assaulted her [‘A’].”
The site of the alleged crime is reported as Kim Hyun Joong’s apartment. In May of this year, “A” reportedly was hit and sustained bruises to her face, chest, arm, and bottom, injuries diagnosed as requiring two weeks for full recovery. In July, the situation worsened, the violence escalating to a fractured rib, and “A” was given a diagnosis of requiring a six-week recovery.
Yet another acquaintance of “A” stated, “For the last two months, it was a repeating cycle of assault, apology, and forgiveness. However, the situation kept getting worse, and she [‘A’] eventually decided to press criminal charges.”
Currently, “A” has finished giving her first testimony, and submitted documents proving her romantic relationship with Kim Hyun Joong as well as medical reports documenting her injuries. Kim Hyun Joong has yet to be questioned, but reports say he will be summoned for testimony soon.
Kim Hyun Joong’s agency KeyEast stated that they are looking into the situation, as they were not aware of the singer’s private life, and will release a statement after confirmation.
In related news, Kim Hyun Joong is flying out to Bangkok, Thailand today (August 23), for his “2014 Kim Hyun Joong World Tour” performance tomorrow.
On the afternoon of August 23, Kim Hyun Joong’s agency KeyEast released an official statement on the recent assault and battery charges that were made by the singer’s girlfriend.
The agency said, “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 in 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 wasn’t 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.”