March 20, 2009

Korean Pop Star Rain Gets Hit With $4.8 Million Punitive Damages Award In Hawaii

The Associated Press is reporting that a jury in federal district court in Hawaii has awarded $4.8 million in punitive damages against Korean pop star Rain, aka Jung Ji-hoon.

The plaintiff, a Hawaii concert promoter, sued Rain for breach of contract and fraud in connection with Rain's decision to back out of a concert at the last minute. The jury awarded compensatory damages of $1 million for fraud and $2.3 million for breach of contract.

Rain cancelled his Hawaii concert just days before the scheduled date. The plaintiffs argued that Rain never intended to perform in Hawaii, saying his crew never applied for proper visas or shipped their equipment. A similar lawsuit was recently filed here in L.A., where Rain's concert at the Staples Center was canceled a few hours before show time.