Top agency KeyEast Entertainment has denied that actor and singer Kim Hyun Joong inflicted injuries on his girlfriend, who filed assault charges with the police last week against the star.
The agency is scrambling to do damage control as Kim Hyun Joong faced backlash from the public as more details of the alleged assault were revealed by Korean news site Dispatch, which first ran the story.
The star is being investigated for allegedly beating up his girlfriend.
The woman filed a complaint with the Songpa Police Station in Seoul last week, claiming that the star assaulted her in May resulting in injuries to different parts of her body.
In addition, the complainant alleged that she suffered a fractured rib inflicted by Kim Hyun Joong last month. She reportedly submitted a medical certificate to back up her claims.
In a statement, KeyEast said Kim Hyun Joong and the woman have been dating in the last few months but have known each other since 2012.
“While dating, they got into verbal arguments, and during that process, it is true that emotions riled up and there was a physical dispute, but it is false that it was a repeated offense in the period of two months like the reports say,” said KeyEast, according to ENewsWorld.
It said there was only one instance that a physical fight occurred but said the fractured rib was a result when the two were playing around.
“There was only one physical dispute, and concerning the fractured rib, it did not happen during this physical dispute, but during a time when they were playing around when she became injured. She was able to be with friends the next day and she wasn′t aware of her injury at the time as there were no problems,” the agency said.
KeyEast said Kim Hyun Joong will cooperate with the police.
Kim Hyun Joong went to Bangkok last Aug. 23 and held his concert the following day. He came back to South Korea on Aug. 25.
Despite the scandal, KeyEast said Kim Hyun Joong will proceed to hold his five remaining world tours due to contractual obligations. These concert tours will be in China, Peru, Japan and Mexico.