On January 11, the appeals trial was held for the singer's case regarding damage compensation. Choi's lawyer stated, "From the originally agreed amount of 1.6 billion KRW ($1.34 million USD) in damage charges, the amount was changed to 700 million KRW ($588,000 USD)." The reason for the change was, "In the process of deciding whether the two people want to start their relationship over, and Kim's parents rejecting Ms. Choi's offer, a compensation for damages was established due to mental stress."
According to a source, King Hyun Joong's side revealed a total of 600 million KRW ($504,000 USD) in settlement money was paid, violating the settlement.
On the other hand, Kim Hyun Joong's legal representative stated that Ms. Choi agonized Mr. Kim in faking a pregnancy, and insisted the related context is accurate. Regardless, "Kim Hyun Joong believed her at that time when she claimed to have a miscarriage after the singer assaulted her. She then submitted documentations relating to the pregnancy, eventually leading to a strong response."
Also, "leading up to his military enlistment, not only was Kim Hyun Joong faced with incredible defamation, it's the question of whether he can recover and resume his celebrity life," the representative commented.
It was also revealed back on January 6 that Ms. Choi was charged with defamation and attempted fraud according to the prosecutors' publications.
The court revealed, "This appeal's future trial will be determined after carefully reviewing the necessary documentations provided by the prosecutor," upon entering, without confirming any dates for the second trial.
Meanwhile, Kim Hyun Joong is scheduled to be discharged from the military on February 11.