Rain Cleared Of Embezzlement Charges A Second Time: Seoul Court Finds Singer 'Innocent On All Counts'
By Jesse Lent | June 24, 2013 05:02 PM EDT
Rain has been cleared of all charges stemming from a 2010 embezzlement scandal that led to the indictment of two executives at his record label J. Tune Entertainment.
The South Korean singer and actor was originally cleared of all embezzlement charges in Seoul Central Court back in 2010, according to the website allkpop, yet the case was reopened in 2011.
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Back in March, a fashion investor named Lee sued Rain for $1.8 million on the charge that he and two of his partners misused company funds.
"There isn't enough evidence to prove the plaintiff's accusations against singer Rain," the court officer said on Monday. "We've decided he is innocent on all counts."
"Rain, who was sued for bringing harm to a company after demanding [millions of dolllars] for modeling fees as its main shareholder, was cleared of all charges following a reinvestigation," the Seoul Central District Prosecutors Office added according to CJ E&M enewsWorld.
The singer, who will finish his mandatory two years of national military service on July 10, was also accused of leasing expensive cars on the company dime and jacking up his modeling fee to $2.25 million over the course of three years.
Back in 2010, the publication Soompi reported that the Seoul's High Prosecutor found the potential damage done to the company's stock rating by Rain's car payments or modeling fees was minimal.
"With regards to the issue of Rain subjectively receiving pay as an exclusive model, we concluded that the company would not have suffered a great damage just from Rain receiving a modeling fee of $2.25 million over three years," the prosecutor stated.
Rain, who appeared in the 2008 Hollywood film "Speed Racer," caused a major stir online back in January, when a tabloid published photos of the television actress Kim Tae-Hee getting into his car, while he was currently enlisted in the army.
The singer appeared to possibly breach military protocol, considering Rain, on a sanctioned break from active duty, was not wearing his uniform.
A South Korean Defense Ministry spokesman told the Agence France-Presse that the incident was blown out of proportion.
"We advise soldiers to wear proper military outfit including a beret during a holiday but a failure to do so is not a punishable crime," the spokesman said.
And what about the relationship between Rain and Kim?
"They are currently getting to know each other with feelings for each other," Kim's agency said back in January.
Hopefully, the controversial date was worth it for one of the South Korean army's most famous servicemen. But considering the couple are still together, Rain's answer would have to be yes.
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