Lee Byung-hun blackmailers get jail terms

Lee Byung-hun blackmailers get jail terms
South Korean actor Lee Byung-Hun

The singer and model who attempted to blackmail actor Lee Byung-hun have been sentenced to jail terms.

On Thursday, the Seoul Central District Court sentenced model Lee Ji-yeon to a 14-month jail term and 21-year-old girl group GLAM member Kim Dae-hee to one year in jail.

The court deemed that Lee and Kim attempted to blackmail Lee Byung-hun for the sum of 5 billion won (S$6.16 million) to make financial gains. The court also said Lee's continued claims of having been romantically involved with Lee Byung-hun caused damage to the plaintiff.

The prosecution had requested three-year terms for the two blackmailers on Dec. 16, saying that the defendants showed no remorse and were trying to put the blame on Lee Byung-hun.

The case was initiated when Lee Byung-hun filed complaints against Lee and Kim after they demanded 5 billion won from the actor with video footage that the women secretly took of him. In the video, the 44-year-old action star made lewd comments, and the suspects claimed that he initiated their relationship by offering financial support.

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