January 13, 2015 11:03
MBC newscaster Kim Joo-ha has divorced her husband after 11 years of marriage.
According to legal sources on Monday, a Seoul court granted her a divorce from her stock broker husband, Kang Pil-gu, and ordered him to pay her a W50 million (US$1=W1,085) settlement.
Kim won custody of their two children but was ordered to give her husband W1.32 billion out of the W2.7 billion in assets registered in her name.
The court reasoned that Kang contributed to Kim amassing at least half of her fortune during their marriage.
But the court found that Kang concealed the fact that he had been married before and cheated on and assaulted Kim. It said Kang made no efforts to reconcile with her.
Kim married Kang, the nephew of famous trot singer Song Dae-kwan, in 2004, and for several years maintained the façade of a blissfully happy couple until she filed for divorce in October 2013.
Kim filed a series of lawsuits against him after that. In one suit Kang was given a two-year suspended sentence for strangling and beating Kim several times in 2010 when she confronted him with his infidelity and for assaulting her in 2013 during an argument over living expenses.
In another case last year, he was also ordered to pay her W327 million he had pledged on paper as an apology for his unfaithfulness.
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