After making headlines yesterday, Jo Sung Min issued a statement through his lawyer last night stating that, he has no interest in Choi Jin Shil’s property rights and claims that he is only doing this (claiming the property rights) so that the two young children can inherit them when they reach adult age.
According to the statement released last night, Jo Sung Min’s lawyer claims that all the news reports yesterday has distorted the original aim of what Jo Sung Min wanted. Jo Sung Min has suggested that the property rights should be managed by a 3rd-party (himself) designated by the courts or lawyer. The property rights would then be handed over to the children once they become adults. As for the children custody rights, Jo Sung Min expressed he would respect what the children wanted and would allow either Choi Jin Young or Choi’s mother to raise them. The child support money would be paid monthly through the independant body assigned to manage Choi’s property rights.
The ones to inherit Choi’s property rights goes automatically to her children. But because of their young age at present, the management of the property rights would go to their guardian and the ones with the custody rights. According to Korean law, custody rights of Choi’s children automatically goes to Jo Sung Min after her death. But because Jo Sung Min has expressed he is willing to give up raising the children to Choi Jin Young and Choi’s mother but with no intentions of yielding the property rights management, Jo has come under fire from Korean netizens for hankering after the money over the children’s welfare.
According to lawyers that specializes in this, the current situation favours Jo Sung Min. Although Choi Jin Shil’s family can appeal the decision to strip Jo Sung Min of custody rights, but with reference to past cases, their chances of winning are slim. According to sources, Choi’s property rights has been frozen by the banks and can only be accessed after this whole matter has been settled in courts. But because of Jo’s decision to manage the property rights, Choi’s family of maintaining a basic lifestyle has become a huge problem.
This issue has become a hot dispute among netizens. Many have lambasted Jo Sung Min for his actions and is against him managing Choi Jin Shil’s property rights. They have also taken to signing online petitions against this. Most Korean websites have disabled commenting on Jo Sung Min’s related news articles. Although Jo Sung Min doesn’t have a personal blog, others who has unfortunately the same name has him has suffered greatly with their blogs, websites being defaced and attacked by words scolding Jo Sung Min.
Jo Sung Min = Human Scum