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Rain Cleared of Fraud Suspicion

2007/10/02 | 113 views | Permalink | Source

By Park Si-soo
Staff Reporter

Korean singer Jung Ji-hoon, 25, more popularly known as Rain, has been cleared of suspicions of fraud, triggered after he abruptly cancelled his concert in Hawaii last July.

The Seoul District Prosecutors' Office decided Monday to reject a request for an investigation by Click Entertainment, saying that it could not find any clear evidence that proved the Korean singer and three other concert organizers had intentionally cancelled the concert to embezzle the contract money.

"It is true that Click Entertainment purchased the copyright of the concert for 500 million won", the prosecution said. "But the cancellation of the concert was caused by stage related problems.

In conclusion, Rain and the management companies are not responsible for the cancellation". Click Entertainment filed a lawsuit in July against Rain; StarM Entertainment, the concert organizers; Revolution Entertainment; and Rain's former management agency JYP Entertainment.

The entertainment firm expressed strong discontent over the decision, saying it had pushed forward with the concert on good faith.

"It is an unacceptable decision", said Lee Seungsoo, a chief administrator of the company. "Another suit is underway in the U.S. And we look forward to seeing the opposite result there".

The ruling from the U.S. is supposed to come in August next year. Due to the case, Rain had to cancel or delay concerts to be held around the world including Shanghai in China, Toronto in Canada, and L.A. in the U.S.

Rain is going to resume his tour by holding a concert in Shanghai on Oct. 6 and in Daegu, North Gyeongsang Province, on Oct. 27.

He plans to leave for the U.S. in November for a concert there.

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