By Lee Hyo-won
A lawsuit between singer Seo Tai-ji and his ex-wife, actress E Ji-ah, entered yet another phase as the hearing was postponed to August.
The hearing over alimony and division of assets between the two stars will take place on Aug. 8. Both parties provided differing reasons as to why it is being delayed.
“The plaintiff (E Ji-ah) changed her position on the content of the lawsuit and requested changes to terms of her claim,” said Seo’s agency Seotaiji Company on Monday. “In order to counter the plaintiff’s new claim, we decided it was necessary to review legal issues, and thus asked for the hearing to be postponed.”
E said that their divorce was not valid, according to Seotaiji Company.
“Contrary to the plaintiff’s insistence that the divorce was finalized in 2009, the defendant (Seo) proved that their marriage ended in 2006 by providing legal divorce papers,” said the agency.
“But the plaintiff changed her claim and said that even though it is true the two were married and divorced in the United States, the U.S. court’s ruling was invalid. Arguing that she is still married to Seo, she submitted new terms for requesting alimony and division of assets, taking the case into a new direction,” said the agency.
E’s agency Key East, on the other hand, said, “We regret that it became known that E is deliberately trying to reexamine the divorce. Though it is true that she inspected conditions of the separation, she has not made a request yet.”
It emphasized, “E has not submitted a formal request to alter the terms of the lawsuit, and only agreed to (Seo’s) request for a postponement in hopes of wrapping up the case smoothly.”
In fact E had no intention to continue the legal dispute, said Key East, but only chose to do so because Seo did not agree with E’s decision to withdraw the lawsuit. “E’s wish to reach a fair compromise over related issues remains intact.”