Following his sexual assault allegations, Kang Ji Hwan was ordered to pay almost $4 million to a production business.
Kang Ji Hwan confessed to sexually abusing two hired agency employees after drinking with them in his home in July of this year, as previously reported. He was subsequently sentenced to two years and six months in prison, with a three-year probationary period, meaning he will serve time in prison if he commits a similar offense during the next three years.
According to legal sources, the civil affairs section of the Seoul High Court found in favor of the production business Santa Claus on May 26, ordering Kang Ji Hwan and Jellyfish Entertainment to pay 5.3 billion Won ($4,189,460.79 USD) in damages. The actor had to withdraw from the drama ‘Joseon Survival Period,’ which had only shot 12 episodes at the time, due to his sexual assault case. Santa Claus filed a lawsuit against Kang Ji Hwan, demanding that he pay a total of 6.38 billion Won ($5,043,361.93 USD) in damages because the production firm had to film the last 8 episodes with a different actor.
According to his contract with the production firm, Kang Ji Hwan and Jellyfish Entertainment, with whom he had an exclusive deal at the time the drama was produced, were responsible for paying the damages. In addition, the court enhanced the amount, ruling that Kang Ji Hwan was accountable for some of the drama production company’s appearance expenses because they had to replace him owing to his departure.
From reports, it’s typical for actors and their labels to split the damages in such circumstances, but the split might vary depending on the level of fault. Kang Ji Hwan and Jellyfish Entertainment, on the other hand, may file an appeal.
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