In August 2014, Kim Hyun-joong was charged for alleged assault and battery. Kim Hyun-joong’s girlfriend of two years, only known by her surname Choi, pressed four criminal charges for repeated instances of assault and battery between May and July of 2014.
Kim Hyun Joong acknowledged only one of the four instances claimed by Choi and denied that the violence was habitual. He said that he had injured her once, and it was an accident that occurred while he was practicing martial arts. In September 2014, Kim Hyun-joong issued a statement apologizing to Choi for physically assaulting her. A few days later, Choi withdrew two formal complaints. The remaining two cases were taken up to the prosecution and resulted in a 5 million KRW (approx. 4,600 USD) fine.
It was later reported that Kim Hyun-joong reconciled with his girlfriend. But, at the end of 2014, they made a mutual decision to break up. In early January 2015, Choi informed Kim Hyun-joong that she was pregnant. However, Kim Hyun-joong stated in a press release that he had not seen Choi since she told him that she was pregnant in January and could not confirm if he was the father.
In May, Choi filed a lawsuit against Kim for 1.48 million USD for mental distress caused by her relationship with him and claimed that his abuse had caused her to miscarry a previous pregnancy in 2014. In response, Kim filed and won a 100 million KRW (around 90,000 USD) counter-suit against Choi for defamation with the court ruling that there was circumstantial evidence that she was not pregnant in 2014. Her lawsuit was dismissed, and she appealed the decision.
In December 2015, a paternity test revealed that Kim was the father of Choi’s baby that was born in September of that year.
Prosecutors filed criminal charges against Choi for attempted fraud and defamation in January 2017. In February 2018, Choi was fined 5 million KRW for attempted fraud.
At the end of March 2017, Kim Hyun-joong was found sleeping behind the wheel at a stoplight. It was around three kilometers away from where he was drinking with his friends. His blood alcohol level was measured to be 0.075 percent and led to his license being suspended. In April 2017, Kim Hyun-joong was fined 2 million won (1,800 USD) for this incident. His agency stated that they accepted the court’s ruling and paid the fines.
Now, you’re all caught up with Kim Hyu-joong’s recent activities and scandals!