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Kim admits throwing photographer's camera

SEOUL, South Korea -- Boston Red Sox reliever Byung-hyun Kim
was questioned by police Wednesday about allegations he assaulted a
South Korean newspaper photographer.

Kim refused comment as he entered the police station, where he
was swarmed by dozens of reporters and fans. Red Sox spokesman
Kevin Shea in Boston said the team is looking into the matter.

The 24-year-old South Korean pitcher is accused of hitting Lee
Kun, a photographer for the Goodday sports newspaper, and breaking
his $10,800 camera Saturday outside an indoor gym in Seoul.

In a letter on his Web site, Kim acknowledged taking the camera
and throwing it to the ground, but denied hitting the photographer.
He said the photographer kept taking pictures despite his repeated
pleas to stop.

Last month, Kim apologized for making an obscene gesture in
front of booing fans when he was introduced before a home game
against Oakland.