Thursday, April 15, 2010

Rain accused of embezzlement

Korean pop star Rain has been accused of embezzlement.

The Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office said Wednesday it had opened an investigation into the singer, whose real name is Jung Ji-hoon, as he was listed among eight people that a 52-year-old man recently filed a petition against for embezzlement.

In the petition, the man, identified only by his surname Lee, claimed he had invested two billion won ($1.79 million) in a fashion firm, J.Tune Creative in 2008, which he claims was owned by Rain, and then sustained significant losses as a result of account book manipulation.

“They cooked the books and embezzled two billion won,” the petitioner said in a statement. A prosecutor familiar with the case said, “The investigation is in its early stages.”

But the prosecutor did not rule out the possibility of the singer being summoned for questioning, if deemed necessary.Rain’s management agency denied the allegation.

“Rain has nothing to do with the case,” J.Tune Entertainment said in a statement. The agency is associated with the fashion company. “Rain was just a model for the company, not a manager.”

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