According to news reports, production studio, Studio Santa Claus, won its lawsuit against actor Kang Ji Hwan and Jellyfish Entertainment, with the actor being ordered to pay a restitution fine in the amount of ₩5.30 billion KRW (about $3.70 million USD).
Studio Santa Claus confirmed the ruling in a statement on October 12.
Kang Ji Hwan and Jellyfish were ordered to pay restitution in the amount of ₩5.30 billion KRW (about $3.70 million USD).
— Studio Santa Claus
The ruling stems from Kang Ji Hwan sexually assaulting two staff members at his home in 2019 while filming TV Chosun‘s drama Joseon Survival Period.
Due to the incident, the actor dropped out of the drama while the production team had already filmed 12 episodes. Studio Santa Claus had originally sued for ₩6.30 billion KRW (about $4.40 million USD) in restitution.
The actor was charged, tried, and prosecuted for the crimes and was sentenced to two years and six months in prison, suspended for three years.
In the original trial, Kang Ji Hwan and Jellyfish Entertainment were ordered to pay a fine of ₩5.30 billion KRW (about $3.70 million USD) and ₩600 million KRW (about $419,000 USD), respectively. The actor, however, appealed, and the court noted a stipulation in the actor’s contract with Jellyfish Entertainment stating that the label would be legally liable for the actor, even if he changed agencies and ordered that the actor and Jellyfish Entertainment split the fine equally.
Kang Ji Hwan is an actor who debuted in 2002. The actor’s contract was terminated after the assault, and he has since retired from the entertainment industry.