No longer silent

July 14, 2010

Lee Byung-hun testifies at Kang Byung-kyu trial
Editor : Jessica Kim

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Actor Lee Byung-hun speaks to reporters after testifying at TV personality
Kang Byung-kyu’s trial at the Seoul Central Prosecutors’ Office in South Korea
on July 14, 2010. [Han Youn-jong/Asia Economic Daily]

Top Korean actor Lee Byung-hun testified at TV personality Kang Byung-kyu’s hearing today, the two confronting each other for the first time since being embroiled in a legal battle also involving Lee’s former girlfriend.

The trial took place behind closed doors as requested in advance by Lee, commencing a little past 4 p.m. at the Seoul Central Prosecutors’ Office.

“I had kept quiet till now because I thought I had been set up in a ridiculous conspiracy,” a calm-looking Lee told reporters after stepping out of court about an hour and a half later. “I thought this incident would be resolved quickly by taking legal action but it has somehow dragged on till now.”

Lee also said he “gave an honest testimony about the facts the way they are,” adding that the truth will soon be revealed.

Kang has been standing trial on two charges;’ defaming and attempting blackmail against Lee, and his alleged involvement in an assault case on the set of last year’s hit TV series “IRIS.”

The case started seven months ago when Lee’s ex-girlfriend identified by her last name Kwon lodged a complaint to court saying she was allured into having a sexual relationship with Lee on his false promises of marriage and demanded she be compensated for physical and psychological damage.

Lee then filed a suit against Kwon as well as Kang, who according to Lee’s legal representatives, was behind those who had demanded for money in exchange for exposing details of the actor’s personal life.

Prosecutors sided with Lee, indicting Kang in mid-March for defamation and attempted blackmail against the actor. An angered Kang had then countersued Lee for defamation but the court cleared the actor of any charges.

Kang was also indicted for his alleged involvement in assaulting crew members of “IRIS” — then starring Lee — which he visited in mid-December over talk that Chung Tae-won, chief of Taewon Entertainment and producer of the hit show, had spread false rumor that he was behind the feud between Lee and Kwon.

Repoter : Park Jong-kyu glory@ Editor : Jessica Kim jesskim@ <ⓒ10Asia All rights reserved> 10Asia

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Actor Lee Byung-hun arrives at the Seoul Central Prosecutors’ Office in South Korea on July 14, 2010 to testify at TV personality Kang Byung-kyu’s trial.

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Actor Lee Byung-hun walks into the Seoul Central Prosecutors’ Office in South Korea on July 14, 2010 to testify at TV personality Kang Byung-kyu’s trial.

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Actor Lee Byung-hun leaves the Seoul Central Prosecutors’ Office in South Korea on July 14, 2010 after testifying at TV personality Kang Byung-kyu’s trial.

Photographer: Han Youn-jong hyj0709 @ Editor: Jessica Kim jesskim @ <Ⓒ 10Asia All rights reserved> 123

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2 responses

  1. I find it horrible that he has been dragged into this. He strikes me as a very private person and I guess it’s awful for him to have to acknowledge this matter publicly. Some things should really be solved behind closed doors.

    July 14, 2010 at 4:26 pm

  2. rubie

    I can’t agree more with you. For months and months, especially when the lawsuit fiasco first broke out — he kept his silence and keep on working that we just can’t imagine how he’s taking all those malicious accusations day after day, not to mention the public/netizens’ reaction. And the false gambling, defamation charges have been proven unsubstantial one by one. Still.. there’s no success and true victory without heartache & hardship and Lee Byunghun-ssi will get through this eventually, once and for all.

    July 14, 2010 at 4:44 pm

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