[hat tip to baroquestar]
The Korea Herald and SeoulBeats report that construction company Shinhan has sued Choi Jin-Sil for being beaten by her then husband, baseball player Cho Sung-min, and for not being sufficiently dignified and happy about it.
The company employed her as a model in her advertising. After she required hospital treatment for domestic violence injuries, photographs of her injuries appeared in the media. After divorcing her abuser, she later died at her home, and the death was ruled a suicide.
The company then sued her estate for depreciating the company’s social reputation. Apparently being a victim of violence is a failure to maintain the appropriate dignity and happiness required of a model, and therefore constituted a breach of contract.
Choi’s mother had to appear in court to represent her grandchildren.
The Supreme Court agreed with the company, and has ordered the children pay 1.1 billion won (just over a million Australian dollars) for the breach.
I can’t find any information on whether Cho Sung-min has faced charges of any kind. Only news that he voluntarily gave up his parental rights after her death.