3:56 pm - 08/07/2018

Shoo's lawyer says she is the victim

On August 7, the lawyer of Shoo explained that the singer could be the victim in the recent gambling debt controversy. While she decided to come forward because she did not want to cause more trouble, the case is more complicated than what’s known to the public.

On August 2, it was revealed that a famous girl group member from the 1990s was reportedly not paying off her debt, which had occurred from excessive gambling. Soon enough, speculations arose that former S.E.S member Eugene was the member involved in the controversy. Immediately afterwards, Eugene strongly denied accusations, leading to Shoo admitting she was the one involved in the lawsuit.

According to the two individuals who had filed a lawsuit against Shoo, the singer had failed to pay back a great amount of money that she had borrowed in July. She had reportedly borrowed two separates sums of 350 million won (approximately $310,000) and 250 million won ($221,000) from the two plaintiffs for the purpose of gambling.

Regarding the case, Shoo’s lawyer stated, “Shoo is currently reflecting upon herself for causing such an uproar. She knows that the amount of money she borrowed is significant and the culture of gambling does not look pleasant in the eyes of Korean citizens.”

However, while Shoo admits her fault, it’s the lawyer’s argument that she could be the victim in the case.

The lawyer continued, “we think they scammed her. It’s illegal to lend money for the purpose of gambling in the first place. Therefore, we think they let her borrow “gambling money” so that they can charge her a ridiculous interest rate. In addition, we think they went overboard with humiliating her in public by filing the lawsuit.”

“Shoo doesn’t even realize how much money she has lost. Because lending money for gambling purpose is illegal, she technically didn’t even have to pay them back. However, she has already paid them back a great amount of money. There are lot of things that seem very unfair to Shoo,” said the lawyer.

Furthermore, he also denied the reports of Shoo being a habitual gambler. “While it’s illegal to enter a casino in Korea, Shoo obtains a green card. Because she is a permanent resident, the gambling restriction doesn’t apply to her. Consequently, they cannot charge her with habitual illegal gambling.”

Finally, the lawyer concluded, “some parts require detailed explanation. Those will come to light during the prosecutor’s investigation.”

source: KPopLove via Korea Daily
torontok 7th-Aug-2018 11:10 pm (UTC)
Oh come on now. While it's true that loan sharks and the gambler loaners are shady as fuck and may have misled her about the terms, she needs to take some personal accountability. No one forced her into that casino or forced her to borrow hundreds of thousands of dollars from them. She's a mother of three, she should have enough sense to not involve her family with the loan shark mafia. Her being a celebrity and married into a well-known family is probably saving her ass rn, she's lucky they only filed a lawsuit rather than what loan sharks normally do to get payment back. And there's no way she's just a casual gambler if her gambling has gotten her into half a millio dollars worth of debt

Edited at 2018-08-07 11:11 pm (UTC)
bubble_monkey9 8th-Aug-2018 12:18 am (UTC)
If some guy is offering to lend you $300K at a casino, chances are, dude's a loan shark, and yes, if you take their money then you're going to be paying them crazy high interest rates as well. Does she really think feigning ignorance makes any sense in this scenario.

I actually fear for her family's safety.. what kind of dumbass lawyer would openly criticize loan sharks knowing fully what they're capable of.
premonitioner 8th-Aug-2018 04:33 am (UTC)
I'm assuming a gambling addiction if it's got this bad......but even addicts must take responsibility for their actions, especially shit like this
catnipss88 8th-Aug-2018 04:51 am (UTC)
she's still wrong
gathyou 8th-Aug-2018 07:12 am (UTC)
Not surprising that the lawyer is using this angle to try and loosen the backlash about their client. The people who enabled Shoo do sound sketchy and I hope it comes back to them.
I'm against shaming gamblers in public like that because, at this rate, it could be addiction and she needs treatement.
She still needs to face consequences. I really hope this trial will be the starting point in her seeking help
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