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Kim Yu-na will take legal action for false reporting on her romance: agency

2014/03/07 22:52

SEOUL, March 7 (Yonhap) -- The management agency of figure skating star Kim Yu-na warned Friday that it will take legal action against media outlets and other social networking sites that engage in false reporting.

In a press release, All That Sports said there has been quite a lot of speculative reporting related to Kim's relationship with an ice hockey player that can be seen as defamation and a serious breach of privacy.

The agency said that in light of persistent stories and comments that are totally false, action will be taken not only against media outlets, but against Internet blogs, social networking services and comments posted on various portal sites.

"Many comments made have clearly gone beyond what is acceptable," it said.

Kim, who won a silver medal in this year's Sochi Winter Olympics, was reported by an online media outlet earlier in the week to be dating a hockey player. She had previously won the gold medal in the Vancouver games.

The online tabloid Dispatch claimed that the 23-year-old Kim was dating Kim Won-jung, a 29-year-old forward for the military club Daemyung Sangmu in the Asia League Ice Hockey (ALIH). It said they first met in July 2012 and that the two began dating in August, and published photos of the couple.

Both are graduates of Korea University in Seoul and also shared the rink at the National Training Center in the capital city as their practice venue, Dispatch added.

Within hours the photos hit the Internet and the two names became the most searched words on portal sites.

At that time, All That Sports issued a brief statement saying, "Most of what was reported is true, and (Kim Yu-na) is dating Kim Won-jung."

   Kim has retired from competition after Sochi, although thanks to a series of massive corporate endorsement deals, she is one of the world's richest female athletes.

Kim Won-jung, meanwhile, is eighth in goals in the ALIH this season with 25 in 41 games. This is the first season for Sangmu in the three-nation league that is made up of three teams from South Korea, one from China and four from Japan.

Before he began his mandatory military service, Kim had played for another South Korean team in the league, Anyang Halla.