Interview Transcript with Kim Jinwook, Hankyung’s lawyer on his request to terminate his contract 2009.12.21
Super Junior’s Chinese Member Hankyung has filed a litigation at the Seoul District Court on the 21st at 1pm about the effect of his exclusive contract.
Reporters are currently on a phone interview with Hankyung’s (who is in China) lawyer, Kim Jinwook. Lawyer Kim said, indeed he has filed a litigation about terminating the contract with SM, but to whether Hankyung will continue Super Junior’s activities, it has been undecided.
- -It has been heard 2 types of litigation were filed today.
“It is confirmed that 2 litigations have been filed against the exclusive contract to not be valid and to terminate the contract. Simply put, the former says to terminate the exclusive contract and the latter is saying that until the exclusive contract is terminated, and until legal effect of the termination has taken place, (he) will be able to act in accordance of temporary activities at (his) own will.”
- -When did Hankyung prepare for this litigation?
“This is hard to answer. When the statement is released, it will be answered.”
- -The main point of this litigation is similar to Dong Bang Shin Ki 3 member’s exclusive contract?
“Majority speaking, it is almost similar. Hankyung’s contract is valid for 13 years, there are indeed many unfair clauses, so (he) decided to file the litigation.”
- -Has he been contacting the 3 members of DBSK?
“I am not very sure. Hankyung will state his own stand as soon as possible.”
- -Has the first date of the trial been decided?
“At the moment, not yet. The full situation has been sorted out properly. DBSK’s sequestration contract has been terminated, and the process of applying it to finishing the statement, takes about 2 months. Hankyung does not want to spend such a long time. DBSK’s situation has mediation in between, and has undergone trial a few times, so the time spent has been pretty long, we hope that Hankyung’s litigation will be solved as soon as possible.”
- -Did Hankyung think of continuing activities as part of Super Junior or will he leave the group?”
“That I am not too sure. As for Super Junior’s activities, up till now, there has been no decision made.”
- -It has been heard that (he) plans to have solo activities in China?
“I have not heard of that.”
N.B; Translated mainly from Chinese but checked against the original Korean transcript. May contain inaccuracies, and I apologize for that.
N.B 2; I cannot guarantee that this is fully true, but I just wanted to translate it so that everyone can understand more about the situation.
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