Kang Sung Hoon Wins Civil Lawsuit Regarding His Canceled Fan Meeting In Taiwan

Kang Sung Hoon has won the lawsuit against Woori Entertainment, the company in charge of his canceled fan meeting in Taiwan.

In November 2018, a group of SECHSKIES fans filed a complaint against Kang Sung Hoon and his fan club, Hoony World, for allegedly embezzling profits from a fan event. The prosecution eventually dropped the embezzlement and fan charges against him due to lack of evidence. SECHSKIES fans also accused Kang Sung Hoon of not properly refunding the tickets after his fan meeting in Taiwan was canceled. This event was organized by Kang Sung Hoon, Hoony World, and local organizers. Kang Sung Hoon alleged that the local organizers had lied to him, which led to the Taiwanese government rejecting his visa request.

On January 28, 2021 the Seoul Northern District Court handed down a sentence in the civil case between Woori Entertainment and Kang Sung Hoon. Woori Entertainment had sued Kang Sung Hoon for damage compensation. The court declared that Kang Sung Hoon’s side had won the lawsuit and ordered Woori Entertainment to pay Kang Sung Hoon 80 million won (about $72,000) as well as related damages caused by the cancellation of the fan meeting.

The court stated, “It seems appropriate to conclude that the original cause of this fan meeting’s cancellation was the fault of the plaintiff’s representatives in Taiwan. Back when Kang Sung Hoon and YG Entertainment were under an exclusive contract, Kang Sung Hoon was permitted to have a direct hand in pursuing various personal promotions in areas that were not under YG’s jurisdiction. It appears that the supplementary document requested by the Taiwanese Ministry of Labor was a document between Woori Entertainment, Kang Sung Hoon, and another relevant agency, Forever2228, in which Kang Sung Hoon confirmed his wish to participate in the event. Therefore, it is difficult for us to conclude that the exclusive contract with YG Entertainment or a consent form about Kang Sung Hoon’s personal activities was relevant to the requests made by the Taiwanese government.

“[Woori Entertainment] only requested the wrong documents from Kang Sung Hoon and was not able to perform its proper business. Therefore, it is difficult for us to judge that Kang Sung Hoon was responsible for the cancellation of the event in this case.”

Kang Sung Hoon’s legal representative, Lee Soo Jin, stated, “It is clear that the fan meeting could not take place because the fan meeting promoters’ representatives in Taiwan did not cary out their proper work and instead delegated the responsibility of getting visas to a third-party company that was not eligible to be a visa applicant. It is clear that the fault of the cancellation lies with the opposition, which is why we were able to win the case.”

Before the results of this civil case were revealed, Woori Entertainment had also received a penalty from prosecutors for signing a contract with Kang Sung Hoon for a fan meeting in Taiwan without properly registering as a public culture and arts development business with the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism. “Ji,” the businessman in charge of the fan meeting, also received a summary indictment of a fine of 3 million won (about $2,700) for defamation against Kang Sung Hoon.

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