2 women sentenced to 1 year's jail for blackmailing Lee Byung Hun

16 January 2015 / 1 year 9 months ago

Model Lee Ji Yeon and GLAM's Dahee attended their final hearing held today at the Seoul District Court and received their verdict for attempting to blackmail Lee Byung Hun for 5 billion KRW (~ 5 million USD)

The final trial was held today on the 15th at 10 AM KST, reports allkpop.

Here, the court stated, "Although the defendants have admitted that they did blackmail Lee Byung Hun with a video file of a lewd conversation, they insisted that they did not do this with financial gain as their goal, but rather due to feeling betrayed and scorned that Lee Byung Hun had used Lee Ji Yeon simply as a sexual object, after Lee Byung Hun had notified Lee Ji Yeon of wanting to break up.

"However, after looking at the KakaoTalk history as well as various documents, it does not appear that the victim [Lee Byung Hun] and Lee Ji Yeon were lovers, and it seems that the defendants had committed the crime for the purpose of financial gain."

With this explanation, the court gave Dahee a sentence of one year in prison while Lee Ji Yeon received a slightly longer sentence of one year and two months.

This sentence is lighter than what the prosecution had previously proposed, which was 3 years each for both the idol and model.

Lee Byung Hun was not present at the final hearing as he is still reported to be in the States carrying out various schedules in LA. His wife Lee Min Jung, however, has returned to Korea for a commercial shoot.

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