Park Hae Jin Wins Lawsuit Against “Four Sons” Production Company + To Appear In New Drama With No Legal Issues
Park Hae Jin will be filming the upcoming drama “Secret” (working title) with no legal restrictions.
Since May of 2018, filming has been suspended for the drama “Four Sons,” in which Park Hae Jin was cast in the male lead role. Park Hae Jin’s agency applied for charges of obstruction of business against the production company Victory Contents after the company accused Park Hae Jin’s agency and its affiliates of interfering with the drama’s production.
In February 2019, Park Hae Jin confirmed that he will be starring in the upcoming drama “Secret.” In response, Victory Contents applied for charges to prohibit Park Hae Jin from appearing in “Secret.” At the time, Park Hae Jin’s agency stated, “According to the contract we signed with the production company, we agreed to film until October 31, 2018. There should be no issue with appearing in a new drama when the contract date has already expired.”
On April 8, it was reported that the 50th Civilian Division of the Seoul District Court ruled in favor of Park Hae Jin with regard to the lawsuit Victory Contents filed against Park Hae Jin.
The court’s determinative sentence stated, “Considering the fact that a press release was issued under the premise that he had the duty to appear [in the drama], and that an injunction against creditor Park Hae Jin that would prohibit him from appearing in other dramas was filed, debtors Victory Contents and others have defamed and infringed upon the business rights of the creditor either directly or through a third party by spreading news via the press that creditor Park Hae Jin has violated the duty to appear [in the drama].”
Additionally, it stated, “An appearance contract is a contract regarding the filming of one single drama and is different from an exclusive contract, so one cannot assume that prior approval from the creditor for all entertainment activities is required during the terms of the contract.”
Park Hae Jin’s agency has confirmed the above reports about winning the lawsuit with the company behind “Four Sons.” They also stated, “In the future, those behind ‘Four Sons’ will not be able to issue press releases related to Park Hae Jin. They also cannot get involved in him filming other dramas.”
They added, “We plan to take separate legal action in regards to the damaging of Park Hae Jin’s reputation through false statements.”