Actress' Ex-Husband Relinquishes Custody of Children

Cho Sung-min Cho Sung-min

Cho Sung-min, the ex-husband of Choi Jin-sil, will relinquish custody of their two children, he told reporters in a press conference at the Seocho Art Hall in Seoul on Monday.

"I will hand over custody to the children's maternal grandmother and relinquish all legal and financial rights associated with the children," he said. "I wholeheartedly trust the love of the family of the children's mother."

There had been much controversy after the actress' suicide over the inheritance. Cho insisted he had no interest in Choi's money. "I really wanted to discuss ways to protect it with her family, but there was a misunderstanding and I ended up hurting the children again. It was difficult to take the criticism that I was chasing after the money," he said.

Asked if there was anything he wanted to say to Choi, Cho said, "I want to tell her that there is no need to worry about the children and rest in peace."

englishnews@chosun.com / Dec. 09, 2008 11:33 KST