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Lee Sun Kyun's alleged blackmailer taken into custody—reports

By Melanie Uson Published Dec 29, 2023 10:34 am

Trigger warning: This article contains mentions of suicide.

A few hours after Lee Sun Kyun was found dead, the Korean police on Wednesday, Dec. 27 took into custody a woman who allegedly blackmailed the actor.

According to The Korea Herald's report, the Incheon Metropolitan Police Agency has arrested an unnamed woman in her 20s after she failed to appear at Incheon District Court for substantive review of her arrest warrant, which was set last Tuesday, Dec. 26. This process allows the suspected individual to present their case before a judge. 

The woman is accused of extorting the late actor for 50 million won (over P2 million). Other than her, reports said that Lee claimed he was also threatened by a 29-year-old hostess of a high-end bar, amounting to a total of 350 million won (over P15 million). She is temporarily detained and was set for a re-scheduled warrant review on Dec. 28. 

In October, the Parasite actor was under investigation on charges of illegal drug use. The following month, he tested negative in both a reagent test by the police and a lab-based drug analysis of his hair samples conducted by the National Forensic Service. 

On Dec. 23, was summoned by police and held for 19 hours as part of a probe into his alleged drug use. Three days later, he was found dead inside his parked car, with the police finding evidence of lit charcoal briquettes inside.

Meanwhile, South Korean news outlet TV Chosun has revealed the contents of Lee's farewell note which he reportedly left for his wife, actress Jeon Hye Jin, Allkpop reported. 

He said, "There's nothing that can be done" and "This is the only way." 

Lee, 46, was known for his roles in hit TV series and movies My Mister, Coffee Prince, A Hard Day, and the Oscar-winning film Parasite. 

If you or anyone you know is considering self-harm or suicide, you may call the National Mental Health Crisis hotline at 1553 (Luzon-wide, landline toll-free), 0966-351-4518 or 0917-899-USAP (8727) for Globe/TM users, or 0908-639-2672 for Smart users.