Singer who sold painter’s art as his own is summoned
A group of fans gathered in front of the building in a show of support for the one-time Korean superstar of the 1970s and ’80s.
Moments before disappearing behind the doors, Cho gave a short apology, saying, “I am a singer, not a professional painter. But I am sorry that somehow, I have caused a scandal.”
Suspicion was cast upon Cho when a disgruntled ghost painter, Song Ki-chang, came clean that he has so far painted about 200 pieces since 2010 on behalf of the singer.
Song says that he was only given 10 percent of the proceeds, but his claims still remain to be confirmed. Prosecutors have found that as many as 30 works painted by Song have been sold, estimated at more than 100 million won ($84,000).
If buyers are shown to have been uninformed of Cho’s dealings, he may be charged with fraud under criminal law.
The questioning was scheduled to end around 11 p.m. Friday, focusing on Cho’s motive in the sales and whether there are other ghost painters aside from Song.
BY PARK JIN-HO [firstname.lastname@example.org]