Singer Kim Hyun Joong has been fined five million KRW (approx. 4600 USD) for injuring and harming his girlfriend through assault.
“Kim [Hyun Joong] stated that he had ‘no intentions of intentionally hitting her,’ and that he was ‘showing her his fighting skills when she was accidentally hurt,’ but the injuries on her body clearly indicate assault, and Kim Hyun Joong has been charged accordingly,” says the prosecution. “However, there was a settlement and letter of apology submitted, and upon consideration of those things, Kim Hyun Joong has been summarily indicted.”
Kim Hyun Joong had beaten his girlfriend last May, which left the victim with a diagnosed two weeks worth of injuries. But that was not the only case of violent outburst from the singer. Last July, when he was allegedly ‘showing’ his MMA (mixed martial arts) techniques to his girlfriend, he fractured her ribs, which took her six weeks from which to recover. At that point, the girlfriend went to the police and took legal action against Kim Hyun Joong.
Between May and July, there was a total of four claimed cases of assault, but Kim Hyun Joong’s girlfriend withdrew two formal complaints. The remaining two cases were taken up to the prosecution, which ultimately resulted in the fine.