One of the two women charged with blackmailing A-list actor Lee Byung-hun was found to be Dahee, a member of K-pop girl group GLAM, according to news reports.
Earlier on Tuesday, Korean news outlets reported that two women were investigated by the police on charges of threatening Lee, but the pair‘s identity was not released.
Later that day, it was found that Dahee, 20, was one of the alleged blackmailers under probe at the Gangnam District Police Station. Dahee and an unidentified woman in her 20’s blackmailed Lee to reveal a video clip of the three exchanging lewd jokes unless they are paid 5 billion won ($5 million), according to the police.
The two women reportedly recorded the video on a smartphone when they were drinking at Lee‘s place last month.
GLAM’s label, Big Hit Entertainment, confirmed through a press release that Dahee was involved in the case. “But we cannot reach Dahee now. We don‘t know details (about the incident) as it is private,” the agency said.
Lee’s agency, BH Entertainment, stated in a press release that Lee met the women through a friend and they partially admitted to the charges. The police could not find anything (such as videos) referred to by the women, it added.
Lee reported the case to the police on Aug. 28, and the women were arrested on Sep. 1.
Police said they plan to issue arrest warrants if the two women are found to have threatened Lee.
By Ock Hyun-ju (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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