In the Midst of Legal Battle over Her Gambling Debt, S.E.S’s Shoo Makes Her Solo Debut in Japan

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S.E.S’s Shoo made her debut as a solo singer in Japan.

Shoo released her digital single I found love in Japan on Oct. 7. Shoo’s Japanese management company Diamond Music announced the release of Shoo’s digital single on its official website on Oct. 2.

Her debut song “I found love” is also said to have been chosen as the theme song for the movie Seikimatsu Blue, starring a member of NML48 (AKB48’s sister group in Manila).

Shoo signed an exclusive contract with Diamond Music in September last year and prepared for debut in Japan but suddenly halted all schedules. People assumed that bad public opinion about the legal battle over her gambling debt stopped her from moving forward. But it seems like not much has changed in public sentiment. After the report of her debut came out, the prevailing opinion is that it’s too soon for her to make her comeback.

Shoo was sentenced to six months in prison, two years in probation, and 80 hours of community service for spending a total of over 790 million KRW (about 683,450 USD) in habitual gambling from August 2016 to May 2018. In addition, he borrowed more than 300 million KRW (about 259,540 USD) from Park, who he met at a casino in Las Vegas in 2017, but was sued for not paying them back. In the first trial, she was ruled to pay back 340 million KRW (about 274,310 USD), but protested against the decision. The adjustment date for the appeal hearing will be held on Oct. 30.

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