Agency denies gambling, draft-dodging allegations
By Bae Ji-sook
Top singer and actor Rain
is being sued by a Korean-American businessman based in Los Angeles for over $150,000 the star allegedly borrowed for gambling.
The plaintiff alleged that Rain
was a gambling addict and that he had spent a substantial amount of money at VIP rooms at casinos in Las Vegas, even a couple of days ahead of his U.S. tour. He accused Rain
of fraud, breach of conduct, embezzlement, and several other charges.
The case was filed with a Los Angeles Court by Andrew Kim, the LA-based businessman who once organized Rain
's U.S. tour. He told a local daily that he has been severely "deceived and manipulated" by the performer.
In the lawsuit document, Kim's attorneys stated, "Around June 2007, Kim flew Rain
to Last Vegas aboard Kim's personal jet ― the trip cost around $50,000. They stayed at the Bellagio. This is where Rain
first revealed to Kim his heavy gambling habit. Kim was stunned to discover that Rain
would repeatedly place bets upwards of $10,000".
The statement said that given such high stakes, Kim was not surprised when Rain
informed him that he had ran out of gambling money, and pleaded with Kim to lend him some money to cover his gambling debts and finance further gambling.
promised Kim that he would repay such funds promptly ― in any event by the time he performed his Los Angeles concert", it said.
Kim said in the interview with the daily that Rain
was a "super star" and that he had no reason to doubt him and agreed to loan him some money.
Attempting to dodge draft?
"He seemed to be under enormous pressure and whenever he was particularly stressed, he asked to take a trip to Las Vegas. He always bet thousands of dollars and on problematic days he would spend $150,000 on baccarat. However, he refused to pay the money back later and even asked, 'Why should I?' It is irresponsible of a world famous celebrity. He also let many of us down by indulging in gambling when he should have been concentrating on the concert and his performance", Kim said.
The file also alleged that the singer was seeking to dodge mandatory military service. Rain
, 28, publicly vowed that he would join the army next year after several projects wrapped up. He is currently filming a KBS TV Drama, "The Fugitive Plan B
"Kim arranged and paid for Rain
to consult with an immigration attorney so that Rain
could obtain a United States green card. Rain
was seeking U.S. residency to avoid military service in his native South Korea. He evidently believed that fulfilling his military duty would thwart his fast-rising career", the file reads.
Kim and Rain
started their business liaison several years ago but the relationship turned sour when Rain
's concert at the LA Staples Center was canceled two hours before the scheduled time. They have now turned against each other and are engaged in a separate legal battle over who will take responsibility.
's attorneys admitted that Rain
occasionally visited casinos.
"A casino is more of a comprehensive leisure facility and visiting those places is not illegal. You shouldn't label a person a gambling addict just because he goes there several times", lawyer Lee Deok-min of Yoon&Yang said in a press release.
"You can claim anything in the court file but the truth will be revealed in the end. Rain
is not a gambling addict and the problems mentioned above are not true: he did not borrow the money. Rain
met the lawyers to consult about working visa and it had nothing to do with draft dodging or attaining a green card. We will take legal action against this groundless claims", he added.
비, 도박돈으로 고소당해
톱가수인 비가 LA 거주 한인 기업인으로부터 도박을 위해 빌린 것으로 알려진 15만여 달러와 관련해 고소됐다.
원고는 비가 도박 중독자로 미국 투어를 앞둔 2-3일 라스베가스의 카지노 VIP룸에서 상당한 액수의 돈을 썼다고 주장했다. 원고는 비를 사기, 계약위반, 횡령 등으로 고소했다.
비의 미국 투어를 주선했던 LA 실업인 앤드류 김이 송사를 LA법원에 제출했다. 김씨는 현지 신문에 세계적으로 유명한 연예인으로부터 몹씨 "속았으며 조종 받았다"고 말했다.
김씨의 변호진은 소송 문건에서 "2007년 6월 경 김씨는 자신의 제트기를 동원 비를 라스베가스로 실어날랐으며 이 비용은 5만 달러"라며 "그들은 벨라지오에 머물었으며 비가 김씨에게 자신의 도박 중증임을 처음 알려 준 곳이며 비가 여러 차례 1만 달러까지 베팅을 하는 것을 알고 놀랐다"고 썼다.