Park Shi Hoo is back in the news again, thankfully not for getting another acting gig but rather for losing a lawsuit that has been going on for seven years. After everything wrapped up, he was ordered to pay over $300k to a production company, and it’s fitting that it was tied to him being charged for rape.
In September 2012, the production company described as “K” and Park Shi Hoo signed a contract for the production of a music drama and photo book. Park Shi Hoo began filming in Thailand, but the filming came to a halt before it was finished. It was decided that they’d complete it after returning to Korea, but it’s said that he declined to take part in the filming that had been planned for October. As he was under investigation for suspicions of sexual assault in February of the next year, filming could not continue then either. The company stated that it was therefore Park Shi Hoo’s fault that the filming had fallen through and they filed a lawsuit against Park Shi Hoo’s then agency Didim531, demanding that they pay compensation for a 270 million won (approximately $234,000) advance and for damages caused by delay. Although the court ruled in Park Shi Hoo’s favor in the first trial, company K won in the second trial after an appeal. After Didim531 shut down in January 2015, the responsibility to pay the damages fell to Park Shi Hoo. However, his side stated that he had not received his guaranteed performance payment. They said that the project had been halted because of company K’s negligence, protested the ruling, and filed an appeal in December 2015. After a long legal battle, this appeal was dismissed by the court on October 31. The court judged that it would be reasonable to view the fault as being on Park Shi Hoo for his inability to perform the duties laid out in his contract because he was under investigation during the music drama’s production which meant there was no longer a reason to create the project. Park Shi Hoo will therefore have to pay company K compensation of 270 million won plus damages for delay, which equals about 370 million won (approximately $320,670).
Hard to sympathize with somebody who couldn’t fulfill their duty while fighting a rape charge, especially given what he did.
Bring back more attention to the fact that your client had drinks with a woman, was caught on video with a friend having to carry her back to his place, and then admitted having supposedly somehow consensual sex with her. Could’ve let the sleeping dog lie since he did sorta get away with it because the whole thing was settled (with money (allegedly (but really))), but now people will definitely think to remember the whole deal and how your client said he’d clarify everything and tell the truth over and over but then never said a goddamn thing.
Wish the timeline/analysis I did back then was still around, but for all the noise around the case and putting the victim on trial through media, the fact remains that it was caught on video that the woman was inebriated enough that she had to be carried back to the residence, he then admitted to having sex with her that night, was accused of rape by her, tried to settle out of court, got charged by police for “quasi-rape” and “sexual battery”, talked a lot about revealing the truth, but then settled with the victim and has gotten mad at anybody who hasn’t let him pretend it never happened.
It’s not much, but at least he lost this lawsuit and the reason was connected to his rape case as well.