News Reports about loan payment between, Nayeon, her mother, and her mother’s ex-boyfriend have made headlines and JYP has responded to those reports!
According to the legal circle on the 19th, the Seoul Eastern District Court 13th Civil Division (Chief Judge Choi Yong-ho) ruled against Mr. A in the lawsuit over the rent money paid to Nayeon and Nayeon’s mother. While it is true that Mr. A sent over 600 million won to Nayeon’s side for 12 years, the court deemed there was insufficient evidence to recognize this as a rental payment.
According to the ruling, Mr. A transferred 5,359,082,275 won to Nayeon’s side from August 2004 to June 2016. Additionally, Nayeon and Nayeon’s mother made payments of 1,156,120,093 won using a credit card in Mr. A’s name from March 2009 to February 2015. Nayeon made her debut as a member of TWICE in October 2015.
Mr. A filed a lawsuit against Nayeon and Nayeon’s mother in January last year. Mr. A claimed that he had lent them the necessary funds for living expenses at the request of Nayeon’s mother and that “Nayeon, who was a trainee at the time, promised to repay the money when she debuted as a singer, but Nayeon’s side broke the promise.” Two of Mr. A’s acquaintances also attended court as witnesses and stated, “Mr. A often said, ‘When Nayeon debuts as a singer, she promised to repay the money we supported her with.'”
However, the court did not accept Mr. A’s claims. The panel of judges stated, “There is no evidence to recognize this as a rental payment,” and “Considering the number of monetary transactions, the duration, amount, circumstances, etc., it is difficult to conclude that Mr. A and Nayeon’s side had an intention to return it.” The court also mentioned, “Considering that Mr. A and Nayeon’s mother were in a romantic relationship at the time, it cannot be determined as a rental payment. Given that the nominal purposes were monthly rent, communication expenses, loan repayment, and school fees, it can be considered as money paid for living expenses.”
Additionally, the court stated, “Mr. A ‘expected’ to receive money when Nayeon debuted as a singer, so it is difficult to consider all the amounts paid as a loan,” and “The testimony of the witnesses alone is insufficient to conclude that the repayment promise is a fact since it was not heard directly from Nayeon’s side.” Mr. A did not appeal the first-instance ruling.
In response to the reports, JYP Entertainment stated, “Since the judgment has already been confirmed and settled, it is unrelated to the artist’s entertainment activities, and we have no further comments to provide.”
Furthermore, they added, “For matters related to speculative posts that damage the artist’s reputation or involve defamation, we will take strong legal action.”
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