Lee Byung-hun [Asia Economic Daily]
Hallyu star Lee Byung-hun's former girlfriend has requested for a new date of pleading to be set last minute, resuming a half-year long legal battle against the actor which was thought to have been withdrawn.
"In the afternoon, we received a mail from her containing an application for a third trial regarding the compensation suit she filed against Lee", Judge Jung Hyun-myung at the Seoul Central Prosecutors' Office said late on Monday, adding a new date of hearing would be set the following day.
The court had decided earlier in the day to conclude that a civil suit that Lee's ex-girlfriend, a Canadian-American woman identified only by her last name Kwon, had been withdrawn with her not returning to Korea since leaving for Canada after suing the actor on December 8.
She had asked to be paid 100 million won in physical and psychological damages, claiming she was allured into having a sexual relationship with the actor on his false promises of marriage.
She missed two dates of pleading however, on April 22 and May 20, and had not requested for a new date thereafter, leading the court to close the case since she did not express any intention of taking further legal action. The court considers a case withdrawn if a request is not made within a month of a no-show.
Kwon's lawsuit against Lee will automatically be withdrawn if she does not turn up for the third date of pleading.
Lee, 39, has long been considered one of the most successful actors in Korea, appearing in numerous Korean dramas and films, including TV series "All In" and director Park Chan-wook's 2000 film "JSA - Joint Security Area".
He also debuted in Hollywood last year with a supporting role in "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra" alongside Channing Tatum and Sienna Miller and starred in action thriller "I Come with the Rain" with Josh Hartnett and Takuya Kimura which also showed in theaters in 2009.
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