Actress Kim Sun Ah Wins Lawsuit Against Plastic Surgery Clinic

D-Bo , June 24, 2015, 9:36 a.m.

An appeals court Wednesday ordered a plastic surgeon to compensate a popular actress for running false advertisements. The Seoul High Court ordered the surgeon to pay 25 million won (US$22,600) to Kim Sun-a for using her signature and likeness in online advertisements without her permission.

An online marketing agency the surgeon hired in 2012 created an official blog for the doctor and posted the signature and photos of the 39-year-old actress, along with the tagline "Kim Sun-a personally recommends this surgeon."

The court overturned a lower court ruling that said the ads did not violate Kim's right to publicity, or her right to control the commercial use of her name, signature and photos. "These blog posts clearly violate her personal rights as female celebrities tend to dislike being associated with plastic surgery," Judge No Tae-ak said. Kim is best known for her lead role in the popular 2005 Korean drama series "My Lovely Sam Soon."

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