The scandal-filled days of summer isn’t slowing down one whit in K-ent. Following on the heels of Park Yoochun‘s series of rape allegations, less legally damaging but salacious enough is news that actress Kim Min Hee is reportedly having an extra-marital affair with acclaimed movie director Hong Sang Soo. The 57 year old director and 35 year old actress met in late 2014 while filming the movie Right Now, Wrong Then, and thereafter in 2015 Kim Min Hee and Jo In Sung broke up and followed by Hong Sang Soo moving out of his house he shared with his wife and kids. Neither Kim Min Hee nor Hong Sang Soo has commented on this alleged affair but Hong Sang Soo’s wife of over two decades has publicly stated that she has not and will never grant Hong Sang Soo a divorce and still loves him and believes that he will come home to her and the kids.
Two years ago the laws in South Korea were changed so that adultery is no longer a criminal offense though the spurned spouse can still bring a civil suit for alienation of affection. No such litigation is pending at this point and the messy failure of a marriage is such a personal thing that commentary is rather besides the point for outside observers. Nonetheless this will likely have a huge impact on the career of Kim Min Hee since being seen as an adulteress in conservative South Korea is going to take a hit on her image and with it CF and potential new roles.