S. Korean fined for linking Dr Dre and president’s widow

Source:AFP Published: 2017/8/28 18:33:40

A South Korean man has been fined for spreading rumors online that the 94-year-old widow of late president Kim Dae-Jung was to marry US hip-hop legend Dr Dre, reports said Monday.

Dr Dre, 52, rose to fame with gangsta rap pioneers NWA in the 1980s and more recently created the Beats headphone brand, bought by Apple in a multi-million-dollar deal.

In contrast Lee Hee-Ho, the aging widow of the late president known for his "sunshine policy" of engagement with Pyongyang, remains an influential figure in Korean politics even after her husband's death in 2009.

They make an unlikely couple, but were linked by an unidentified online user who posted on his blog in January that the former first lady was to marry the American rapper to "launder the late president Kim's slush funds."

The Seoul Western District Court on Friday dismissed the rumor as "groundless" and fined the 73-year-old man 5 million won ($4,400) for defamation.

"The defendant violated the honor of the deceased and the bereaved," Judge Lee Eun-hee said in the ruling, the Korea Times reported Monday.


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