A woman who says she was raped by the husband of singer Celine Dion has been freed from jail after agreeing to repay more than $550,000 to a Las Vegas casino in a bad check case. Yun Kyeong Kwon Sung,
A woman who says she was raped by the husband of singer Celine Dion has been freed from jail after agreeing to repay more than $550,000 to a Las Vegas casino in a bad check case. Yun Kyeong Kwon Sung, a Korean immigrant who lives in Pasadena, Calif., was released Wednesday without bail from the Clark County Detention Center, jail officials said.
In the case, which dates to 2001, she was accused of signing four markers promising to pay the casino. A Clark County (Nev.) prosecutor said that Sung agreed to repay Harrah's Las Vegas by next May or face trial on four felony bad check charges that could each carry a sentence of up to four years in prison. Sung is due back in court on July 1 to demonstrate that she has begun paying the casino.
Sung's husband, Ae H. Kwon, alleged that the charges were part of a conspiracy involving Dion's husband and agent, Rene Angelil, to discredit him and his wife. The couple filed a civil lawsuit in Clark County District Court in mid-March against Angelil and the Imperial Palace casino. Sung alleges that Angelil followed her to her Imperial Palace hotel room and raped her.
Angelil's lawyers denied the charges. They and the Imperial Palace have since declined comment, citing a judicial gag order.
The lawsuit accuses Angelil of assault and sexual battery. It seeks unspecified damages of more than $40,000 and asks a judge to overturn a settlement reached with Angelil in June 2000. The couple also filed a police report in March -- two years after the alleged assault. Las Vegas police said the case is being investigated.
Dion and Angelil plan to move to Las Vegas before the singer begins a three-year engagement at Caesars Palace next March.
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