Kim Hyun Joong's legal representative Lee Jae Man told Star News today, "We have discovered people continuously and repeatedly leaving hate comments on this issue (the ongoing legal dispute between Ms. Choi and Kim Hyun Joong). Soon we plan to take legal action."
According to Lee Jae Man, some netizens have been leaving hate comments towards Kim Hyun Joong using the same online ID. Lee stated, "We will take forcible action [against those who continue to leave hate comments]."
Meanwhile, prosecution has banned Ms. Choi from leaving the Korea.
Cheongpa Law Firm, which is currently Kim Hyun Joong's legal representative, stated, "Ms. Choi is suspected of extortion, false accusations, fraud, and defamation. Due to her suspected crimes, a severe punishment is predicted to be imposed on Ms. Choi, whom prosecution has prohibited from leaving the country." According to a rep from prosecution, an investigator imposes a travel ban prior to arrest for criminal charges that have been examined and are expected to result in harsh punishment. A travel ban on a typical criminal case is rare.
Kim Hyun Joon has already been investigated as a plaintiff, whereas investigation on Ms. Choi was postponed and has yet to take place.