Ex-girlfriend regretful for Kim Hyun Joong's press conference

Ex-girlfriend regretful for Kim Hyun Joong's press conference
Lawyer Lee Jae-man at his legal office in Seoul.
PHOTO: The Korea Herald/ANN

In response to Kim Hyun-joong's press conference held at noon on Thursday, his former girlfriend, identified by surname Choi, has expressed concerns through her attorney.

In the press conference Thursday, Kim said he would take full responsibility for the newborn baby if the paternity test shows he is the father. The actor also called for her ex-girlfriend to take the test without delay, pushing the dragged-out dispute into a new phase.

"This is flagrant human rights abuse by a giant management company and its hallyu star," said Choi's attorney, Seon Jong-moon, expressing regrets toward Kim's abrupt press event.

When asked why Choi turned down Kim's suggestion to let the child have a paternity test, the attorney said it seemed unfair as the star and his lawyer unilaterally designated a clinic for the child without mutual consent between the two. He further explained Choi wants to meet her ex-boyfriend in person and choose a test agency through mutual agreement.

If they cannot reach an agreement, Choi said she is prepared to file a paternity suit and proceed with the test at a reputable agency upon the court's order.

Kim Hyun-joong's ex-girlfriend gave birth to a child last week and the singer is currently serving his mandatory military service.

The legal battle between the two flared up in April when Choi filed a suit seeking 1.6 billion won (S$1.9 million) in damages for Kim's alleged physical assault, which she claimed led to the miscarriage of a previous pregnancy.

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