Breach of contract trial against Korean pop star Rain begins

Dong Il Min
Dong Il Min
Eric Seitz
Eric Seitz

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - A popular Korean singer, who canceled an Oahu concert at the last minute two years ago, is accused of fraud and breach of contract. On Wednesday, the civil trial between the show's Hawaii promoter and the artist known as Rain got underway.

He's a Korean pop star hailed for his smooth dance moves on elaborate stages. But on Oahu, Rain is at the center of a legal storm.

"We have decided that Rain's Hawaiian concert on June 15 can not proceed as planned," Dong Il Min, creative director, said on June 12, 2007.

After abruptly canceling his 2007 concert at Aloha Stadium, the singer and his former management company, JYP Entertainment, are named as defendants in a multi-million dollar breach of contract lawsuit now being heard at Federal Court in Honolulu.

Plaintiff's attorney Eric Seitz tells the jury that Hawaii-based Click Entertainment invested more than $1 million on promotional rights, renting the stadium, printing tickets, preparing a stage and other expenses.

"There were no explanations, no apologies, no refunds," Seitz said about the show's cancellation.

Seitz says the defendants "pulled the plug out of their own self interest...leaving Click holding the bag."

But the lawyer for Rain and his co-defendant says the contract in question was between Click and another company, Revolution, which was involved in the US tour.

"They're suing the wrong people," attorney Jon Crocker told jurors.

Crocker says a week before the concert date, the stage wasn't even in place.

"Rain wanted to do this performance," Crocker said. "He wanted to come here...still does."

The trial is expected to last about two weeks. Rain is expected to come to Hawaii and testify.