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Kang Ji Hwan and Agency Fight Over Contract and Mediation Claims

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2012.11.08 16:00 CJ E&M enewsWorld Lee, JinHo | Erika Kim

Kang Ji Hwan has fallen into a deep rift with his agency.

Though it was reported that Kang Ji Hwan refused the mediation of the Corea Entertainment Management Association (CEMA) in the conflict between him and his agency, Kang Ji Hwan′s legal representative has insisted that they have complied all along with CEMA′s mediation.

The agency, S-Plus, says otherwise.

Kang Ji Hwan and Agency Fight Over Contract and Mediation Claims

Kang Ji Hwan′s law firm stated, "S-Plus requested the mediation of CEMA, stating that the law counsel contract Kang Ji Hwan signed with us was a violation of his contract with the agency. With this, CEMA offered a meeting in which Kang Ji Hwan could talk about S-Plus′ violation claims, and we, along with Kang Ji Hwan, accepted the offer and gave our answers as requested."

Kang Ji Hwan signed his contract with S-Plus Entertainment in December 2008, but after entering a conflict regarding his activities, he had his lawyer take care of his schedules since October. At this, S-Plus had asked CEMA to mediate the issue.

Kang Ji Hwan turned down the mediation through his legal representative, making it inevitable for legal processions to follow.

The incident quickly deteriorated to a mudslinging debate from there, as a source from S-Plus stepped forth to say Kang Ji Hwan had many personal issues with his company.

The source added that he had forced his managers to clean his home, demanded replacements of staff, actors and even directors, and even used the company′s money like it was his own.

Soon, however, Kang Ji Hwan indicated he was considering the mediation, and that he would take legal measures against the false reports being spread by the agency. His legal representative also stated that they had never turned down CEMA′s mediation offers.

"We were talking with Kang Ji Hwan about accepting CEMA′s mediation with CEMA′s mediation committee. He has never turned down CEMA′s offers, and the reports that Kang Ji Hwan ′turned around after the incident made it to the news′ are not true," it said.

S-Plus has stated that Kang Ji Hwan did indeed turn down the offers, and that the agency will continue to pursue the truth.

"CEMA confirmed that Kang Ji Hwan was not willing to comply with the mediation processes, and delivered the results to us. He, however, changed his mind, and returned, saying it was a matter of miscommunication. We are baffled. We are very sorry to see Kang Ji Hwan change his mind after the news that he will not go through with mediation made it to the press, even when he was very insincere about the offers in the first place," it said.

Photo credit: Kim Byung Kwan

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