Court Orders News Anchor Kim Joo Ha To Pay Mother–in-Law
kpopluv, Dec. 1, 2014, 2:58 p.m.
News anchor Kim Joo-ha must return over W200 million to her mother-in-law, a Seoul district court ruled Thursday (US$1=W1,099). In February, the mother-in-law filed a lawsuit against Kim to recover the rent from a building in Seoul's Ichon she owns. She had left Kim in charge of the building from May 2007 to May last year while she was in the U.S.
Kim married her husband, surnamed Kang, in 2004, but the two are in the middle of an acrimonious divorce. Kang was convicted of strangling and slapping his wife several times. Kim argued that the rent she collected was meant as living expenses for the couple, but the court took the mother-in-law's view that Kim had only been entrusted with the care of the building. Kim collected W2.6 million in rent per month between May 2007 and May 2012, and then W3.1 million a month until May last year.