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Kim Hyun-joong to push ahead with Japan tour amid DUI charge

All Headlines 15:36 April 10, 2017

SEOUL, April 10 (Yonhap) -- South Korean singer-actor Kim Hyun-joong will hold his upcoming publicity events in Japan as scheduled despite being charged with drunk driving, his agency said Monday.

According to Keyeast Entertainment, Kim will release a new single in Japan on June 6 and hold a 16-city tour there, titled "Inner Core," starting the next day.

Kim, a member of the K-pop boy band SS501, was caught driving under the influence of alcohol on a street in Seoul's Songpa Ward around 1:55 a.m. on March 26, according to the police. His case was referred to prosecutors.

The 31-year-old, who served in the military from May 2015 to February this year, will also hold a fan meeting at Jamsil Olympic Hall in Seoul on April 29 as scheduled, Keyeast said.

Kim has been locked in a legal battle as his ex-girlfriend, identified only by her surname Choi, filed a suit in April 2015, seeking 1.6 billion won (US$1.45 million) in compensation. The plaintiff claimed that she miscarried his child in 2014 after being physically abused by Kim.

This file photo, dated July 8, 2016, shows singer-actor Kim Hyun-joong attending a hearing at the Seoul Central District Court over a legal battle against his ex-girlfriend. Identified only by her surname Choi, she filed a suit in April 2015, seeking 1.6 billion won (US$1.45 million) in compensation. (Yonhap)

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