Actor Lee Byung-hun turned hard-line against the two female celebrities who blackmailed him, declaring uncompromising legal actions.
The announcement by the star’s agency came along with a police request for an arrest warrant for the two women on attempted menacing.
BH Entertainment, Lee’s entertainment label, officially announced, “We do not plan to go easy (on the blackmailers).”
“This matter has nothing to do with who the blackmailers are -- whether they are a girl group member (and a model) does not address the core of this problem,” the statement added.
The two blackmailers turned out to be Dahee, 20, of girl group GLAM and a 25-year-old model who has only been identified by her surname Lee.
Gangnam District Police Station said it had taken legal action against Dahee and Lee on charges of attempting to threaten.
Dahee and Lee have been under investigation for alleged blackmailing of the actor to reveal a video clip of the three exchanging lewd jokes unless they were paid 5 billion won ($4.9 million), police said.
The two women recorded the video on a smartphone when they were drinking at Lee’s place last month.
Lee reported the case to the police on Aug. 28, and the women were arrested on Sept. 1 near their residence.
Police searched the women’s homes and obtained the video, laptop and cellphones in question. Both women partially admitted to the charges, police said.
GLAM’s label, Big Hit Entertainment, confirmed through a press release that Dahee was involved in the case.
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