For spreading rumors about an “unlikely romance” between hip-hop mogul Dr Dre and 95-year-old South Korea’s ex-first lady, an unnamed man has been fined $4,000.

The man, 72, had said the rapper, who owns Aftermath Entertainment, was due to marry Lee Hee-Ho.

He had alleged that the marriage was intended to launder funds which belonged to the late former president, Kim Dae Jung.

Hee-Ho is an influential figure in South Korea. She was the first lady of South Korea from 1988 to 2003.

According to BBCa Seoul district court ruled on Friday that Lee “violated the honor of the deceased and the bereaved”.

Lee Eun-hee, a judge in the court, said the rumor was baseless.

“The rumour about the slush fund and the marriage between Lee and Dr Dre is groundless,” Eun-hee was quoted as saying.

“It’s unclear, however, whether anyone ever fell for the news of the unlikely romance.”

Asides from being one of the world’s influential music stars, Dr Dre is known for the sale of Beats Electronics – makers of his party headphones, Beats by Dre – to Apple in 2015 for $3bn.

Dr Dre co-owns Beats by Dre with music mogul Jimmy Iovine.

The rapper-producer is married to Nicole Threatt, and they have two children together.



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