Source says Kim Hyun Joong’s physical assault was one-sided

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A source close to Kim Hyun Joong’s girlfriend has revealed that the physical assault by Kim Hyun Joong on his girlfriend was one-sided.

On August 22, news broke out that Kim Hyun Joong’s girlfriend had filed a police report that the actor had physically beaten her up two times.

Key East Entertainment later released a statement saying that the two couple were dating for only a few months and that the girlfriend had not broken her ribs because of Kim Hyun Joong beating her, but as a result of ‘playing’.

The agency also said that the two were indeed involved in a physical fight but dismissed claims that he had beaten her twice.

Korean media Dispatch later released text messages and photos, which proved Key East Entertainment’s statement false. The report showed that the couple had dated for two years, just as alleged by the girlfriend.

From the series of text messages, Kim Hyun Joong also acknowledged and apologised for the bruises and pain his girlfriend was going through.

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Kim Hyun Joong in his new drama 'Inpsiring Generation'. Picture: KPOPSTARZ

Kim Hyun Joong in his new drama ‘Inpsiring Generation’. Picture: KPOPSTARZ

Korea Herald had summarised the report by Dispatch and has raised two new concerns regarding the story behind Kim Hyun Joong’s assault.


1. When did the two start dating? 

Kim’s girlfriend claimed she had been in a relationship with Kim since April 2012. On the other hand, Kim’s agency said that the pair only dated for a few months until recently and that they are no longer a couple.

However, Dispatch released a few photos and text messages that gives Kim’s girlfriend more credit.

In the photos taken in April 2012, Kim is pictured cuddling with her at his place in southern Seoul.

Their relationship continued in 2013. In the texts exchanged between the two last year, Kim said to his girlfriend, “I miss you,” “I will do better,” “Don’t break up with me,” “I love you” and “Do you want to move in with me?”

But the relationship seemed to have turned sour last August. Kim texted his girlfriend to say, “My apology. I hope you can get your lost two years back. I mean it.”

The photos and text messages exchanged from 2012 to 2013 suggest that the two had dated for more than a year.

2. Did Kim use violence against his girlfriend unilaterally and repeatedly? 

Kim’s girlfriend claimed that she had been assaulted at least twice between late May and mid-July this year while arguing with Kim over women issues at his home in Jamsil, eastern Seoul. Kim’s attacks left her with bruises in May and her ribs broken in July, requiring six weeks of medical treatment. She handed in a doctor’s report to back up her claims.

According to the reports by Dispatch, Kim’s women problems led his girlfriend to break up with him. Kim then lost control of his temper and beat her, they said.

It was clearly a one-sided attack by Kim on his girlfriend, a source close to Kim’s girlfriend said.

After the fight, Kim’s girlfriend texted him, “I have bruises all over my body. It hurts. I have no reason to be beaten.”

In response, Kim admitted to his mistake. “I don’t know why I did this to you as I knew that I would be sorry the next day. I am sorry that you were bruised and hurt. Hope you get better soon. I am really sorry,” Kim said.

Kim had a fan meeting in Japan the following day and sent the apologetic message to his girlfriend the next morning.

Dispatch claimed that what Kim’s agency says is far from true, given that no bruises were found on Kim’s body during the fan meeting.

Kim Hyun Joong has continued on with his world tour, but promotions for his new drama Inspiring Generation was halted after fears of the allegations being true.

The actor will be called in for questioning with the police when he returns to Korea on August 25.


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