Hallyu actor Lee Byung-hun showed up in a Seoul court for the first time on Monday, in order to provide a witness testimony to the celebrity blackmailing case against model Lee Ji-yeon and Dahee of girl group GLAM.
Lee, 44, entered the court at around 1:37 p.m. accompanied by six to seven staff members, including his managers and bodyguards.
The court decided to keep the court hearing as a closed-door process, citing that the occasion can deteriorate the prevalent morality of the time, if it were held in public.
The scandal-mired star remained silent against the pouring questions from the media, including the allegations that he offered to buy a house to model Lee Ji-yeon as well as his thoughts on the blackmailing case.
The court hearing comes after Lee accused model Lee and Da-hee of blackmailing him for 5 billion won (S$6.1 million) in return for a video footage that the women secretly took of him. In the video clip, he was having a sexual conversation with the two accused, sources said.
Yet, the controversy over the blackmail case faced a new row after model Lee claimed that she actually had been in a relationship with actor Lee for a few months. The actor flatly denied such claims.