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Sun Ho's pop career was worth US$25m, says Kong Hee's lawyer

Sun Ho's pop career was worth US$25m, says Kong Hee's lawyer
City Harvest Church founder Kong Hee and his wife Sun Ho arriving outside the court. Photo: Alvin Chong
Published: 3:15 PM, August 28, 2013

SINGAPORE - Some of the best-known names in the music world like Beyonce, Shakira, Wyclef Jean and Missy Elliott were thrown up in court today at the criminal trial of six City Harvest Church leaders.

They were either people that Ms Ho Yeow Sun church co-founder and wife of one of the accused Kong Hee -- was to work with, or whose marketing budgets she was benchmarked against.

Kong's lawyer Edwin Tong produced emails between Kong and United States producer Justin Herz between 2006 and 2008, that showed discussions on Ms Ho's foray into the US pop music scene and profit and loss projections from her career. He was countering a point made earlier by the prosecution that the sales projection of Ms Ho's album was 200,000, which would yield S$2.17 million -- falling short of the S$13 million in bonds that Xtron Productions had to redeem.

Xtron managed Ms Ho from 2003 to 2008. The defence was cross-examining Xtron director Choong Kar Weng.

Mr Herz and another US-based marketer Lisa Ellis projected 2 million in album sales for Ms Ho and total net profit over seven years (from 2008) exceeding US$25 million. This would be from album sales, performances and other related revenue streams.

Mr Tong suggested it was not uncommon for an external party to recommend potential directors to a company -- as church leaders had done for Xtron. Mr Choong also agreed that his approval was needed for key Xtron decisions.

The defence continues to cross-examine Mr Choong.