This latest scandal out of K-ent is a combination bad decision, bad behavior, and lawbreaking all wrapped into one. 2014 really is a terrible year for K-ent and if the remaining celebs who haven’t tasted the downside of fame this year want to go into hibernation mode until 2015 then I would totally understand. News broke earlier this week that A-list movie star Lee Byung Hun was being blackmailed and reported it to the police. It was reportedly over a raunchy video recording made of the star drinking with younger women and cracking lewd jokes and sexual commentary. The blackmailers were the two women he drank with and they recorded the video while hanging out with him at his house that he lives with his wife Lee Min Jung, who reportedly was either out of town or out of the country at that time. Lee Byung Hun has denied the video was recorded at his home and claims it was at a restaurant.
The blackmailers demanded what amounts to $5 million US dollars for the video and would destroy it if he forked over the astronomical sum otherwise they would release it. I don’t know what deluded world the two blackmailers were in to think that a demand for such a high amount would ever be entertained for material that, if true, would at most paint Lee Byung Hun as a sleazy married dude being emotionally unfaithful to his wife. The rub is Lee Byung Hun’s reputation within Korea is hardly the most sterling to begin with and the video contents would at most be reinforcing some already prevalent opinions of him. Lee Byung Hun either decided it was too much to pay or didn’t care about the video being released, either way he reported the blackmailing young ladies and the police immediately issued arrest warrants. Turns out one is Dahee of the girl group GLAM (and also in the drama Monstar) while the other is still unnamed but is reportedly a young model.
Channel A got a hold of the video in question and posted some snippets of the so-called lewd convo that led to the two young women believing they could blackmail Lee Byung Hun with it. Among the things he said were: “When was your first sexual experience? What part of the male body turns you on? Do you like the face more or the body more?” As far as I know, none of what he said was illegal or crossing the line since the two young women are of age, but it is majorly inappropriate taking into account that Lee Byung Hun is married and over 20 years older than Dahee who is all of 20 years old this year. I would be skeeved out to have a much older man banter and query me about my sexual preferences over drinks. But coming across as skeevy does not mean Lee Byung Hun did anything that deserved getting blackmailed. I do wish K-ent celebs would start making better decisions all around in living their personal lives so that their dirty laundry isn’t aired all over the media in what feels like an every other week occurrence. Dahee has reportedly admitted her role in the blackmail while her co-conspirator is also being investigated. Both ladies can probably kiss their careers goodbye on account of trying to make a quick illegal buck.