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Reports: SKorean pop star Rain settles US lawsuit

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By KWANG-TAE KIM

Associated Press Writer

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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean pop star and actor Rain has settled a civil suit over a canceled concert in the United States, reports said Wednesday.

The June 2007 concert for the performer — who has been called the "Justin Timberlake of Asia" — was canceled with just a few days’ notice, disappointing fans who paid up to $300 for a ticket and flew to Hawaii from as far as away as Japan and South Korea. It was supposed to be the first stop on the "Rain’s Coming" U.S. tour.

A federal jury this year ordered Rain and his former managers to pay a Hawaii promoter more than $8 million in damages. It said Rain, his former agency JYP Entertainment Co. and two South Korean promotion companies breached a contract to perform and defrauded Click Entertainment Inc.

Rain settled the suit last week in Hawaii, South Korea’s Kookmin Ilbo newspaper said, citing a U.S. court document. No details on financial compensation were given.

Other South Korean newspapers and broadcasters carried similar stories.

JYP Entertainment, which has severed its contract with Rain, declined to comment, citing a confidentiality agreement with the court.

An official at Rain’s new agency, J. Tune Entertainment, said he had no information.

Rain’s real name is Jung Ji-hoon. In 2006, Time magazine named him one of 100 most influential people in the world.

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He is scheduled to appear in a leading role in the upcoming Hollywood action film "Ninja Assassin."

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