Studio Santa Claus won a compensation lawsuit against actor Kang Ji-hwan and Jellyfish Entertainment. As a result, Kang will have to pay 5.3 billion won.
Studio Santa Claus said, “In a lawsuit against Kang Ji-hwan and Jellyfish, we will receive a total of 5.3 billion won in compensation as ruled by the Supreme Court.”
Earlier, Kang Ji-hoon was indicted on charges of forcibly molesting and sexually assaulting two female staff while filming the TV Chosun drama “Joseon Survival Period” in 2019, and was sentenced to two years and six months in prison and three years of probation.
Due to this incident, Kang Ji-hwan dropped out of the “Joseon Survival Period,” which had finished filming until the 12th episode. Studio Santa Claus, the drama production company in charge at the time, filed a lawsuit against Kang Ji-hwan to compensate it for 6.3 billion won.
The first trial court ruled that Kang Ji-hwan should pay 5.3 billion won plus the delayed interest, of which 600 million won will be paid by his agency Jellyfish. Kang Ji-hwan appealed against this, but the second trial court also ruled in favor of the production company.
The second trial court ruled that even if Kang Ji-hwan changed agency in the middle of the contract with Jellyfish, he would still have to pay 5.3 billion won in compensation, citing the proviso to fulfill his legal obligations.
The two sides submitted a reason for the appeal, but the Supreme Court dismissed them all on Sep 29th, judging that none include the reasons mentioned in Article 4 (1) of the Special Act on the Appeal Procedure.