Legal issues resolved for Lee Junki
Actor Lee Junki (Iljimae) has made nice with his former management agency, Mentor Entertainment. Both parties have come to an agreement following some unpleasant recent disputes.
In September, Lee had been sued by his former management company for violating his contract, to a tune of 500 million won (approx $400,000) for damages. Additional charges were brought in October accusing Lee of embezzlement. They claimed that Lee’s 5-year contract (signed in May 2004) held Lee exclusively to them and any monies he had made and diverted from Mentor (when he set up his own company) was embezzlement.
On the other hand, Lee said he had notified the company to cancel his contract in February, and that Mentor had done a poor job of managing his finances.
In any case, the legal wrangling has come to an end. Mentor has now withdrawn all lawsuits against Lee, and Lee has in turn dropped his countersuit. A rep on Lee’s side expressed pleasure at the favorable outcome, and while his statement seems a little too cheery to be true (“Through this process, the good relationship between Mentor and Lee Junki has been restored”), at least it means an end to ugly contract fights. It also clears the way for Lee Junki’s next role playing hero to the oppressed (again, although in a modern drama this time).
Via My Daily