Rain — the so-called “Korean” Justin Timberlake — is being sued all over the place!

Posted: March 9, 2009 by streetsrus in Celebs, Music

singer-gets-sued1Rain — the so-called “Korean” Justin Timberlake — is fast becoming better known to American fans for his lawsuits than his singing.

Rain, and a host of people in his camp, are being sued for bailing on a 2007 concert at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. According to a lawsuit filed today in Los Angeles Superior Court, Andrew Kim had the rights to the proposed concert — but he took a huge financial hit when Rain bailed.

Rain was also sued in 2007 for missing a gig in Hawaii, allegedly over trademark and technical issues.

Kim is seeking an astronomical $30,000,000 — plus punitive damages.

Comments
  1. isilvalie says:

    Rain would NEVER cancel a concert willingly. In an earlier concert in Singapore on the same world tour, he went without a cast and performed in pain with a broken arm in order to not disappoint his fans.

    Rain has been victimized twice in this case – first by unscrupulous management and production companies who abused Rain’s reputation to make money, and a second time by the American court system.

    Rain’s management company, JYP Entertainment, sold the production rights for Rain’s North American tour to Star M Entertainment for $10 million. Star M’s CEO in turn sold rights to some of the concerts to a friend’s company, Revolution Entertainment. Those two companies, both of which are now defunct, made the decisions to cancel. Rain had no control over those decisions and I have read accounts of eyewitnesses who said he tearfully begged to perform before the LA concert, but was not allowed to do so.

    I think Americans lack an understanding of the differences between the Korean and American entertainment industry and that may have factored into the decision of the judge and jurors. In the US, artists hire their agents. In Korea, entertainment companies hire artists and make decisions over which artists have very little control. The role of the artist is to practice hard, put on the best performance he or she can, and avoid scandal. Rain has performed this role responsibly and is respected as working harder than anyone else in the industry.

    It is a shame that the greed of others have caused so much damage to the reputation and career of this talented artist.

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