By Kim Tae-jong
A Seoul court Thursday ruled actor Choi Min-su to return 100 million won to a production company as well as pay 9 million won in damages.
A production company filed a suit earlier this year to get back the rest of a performance fee from Choi after the cancellation of the production of a television miniseries.
Choi was cast for a miniseries, ``Hanggang (Han River),'' and got a 200 million won performance fee in advance. But the two parties were placed in dispute as the production was cancelled.
Last November, they agreed that Choi would return 180 million won to the production company, with Choi keeping 20 million. But Choi has only paid back 100 million won and still owes 80 million won.
``Choi had a responsibility to immediately return the 80 million won, which the two parties agreed on, but he delayed without proper explanation. So we concluded that he should also pay back the 20 million won, which was exempted in the agreement, as well as the 80 million won,'' a court from the Seoul Central District Court said in the ruling.
The court also ordered Choi to pay an extra 9 million won in compensation for delay of the payment.