Kim Hyun-joong is set to be questioned by police Tuesday over assault accusations, 12 days after the charges were filed against him.
The Songpa District Police Station in southeastern Seoul will summon him later in the day to investigate whether he physically abused his then-girlfriend.
Kim, 28, had charges filed against him on Aug. 22 by his girlfriend who claimed he beat her on multiple occasions.
The woman claimed that she had been assaulted several times between late May and mid-July while arguing with Kim over women issues at his home in Jamsil, eastern Seoul.
According to the woman, Kim’s attacks left her with bruises in May and broken ribs in July, requiring six weeks of medical treatment. She also handed in a doctor’s report to back her claim.
Kim’s agency KeyEast confirmed through a press release that their arguments did get emotional and evolved into a physical altercation, but it only happened once, not repeatedly as the woman had claimed.
The idol-turned-actor has enjoyed growing popularity with his drama “Inspiring Generation,” which helped him add a few more destinations such as Peru and Mexico to his concert schedule.
The Asian heartthrob was touring five countries -- Thailand, China, Peru, Mexico and Japan -- as part of his worldwide concert tour “Fantasy” before returning to Korea to respond to the police summons.
By Ock Hyun-ju (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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