Actress in toy-boy scandal countersued by reporter

21 March 2013 / 3 years 7 months ago

Veteran actress Lee Mi-sookis being countersued for defamation by a reporter from Newsis.The journalist, surnamed Yu, was sued by Lee for libel in January 2012 after reporting that Lee had an "inappropriate relationship" with a male host 17 years her junior.Lee recently dropped the suit, but Yu is fighting back."Lee distributed a press release with false information to local media from May to July last year in which (Lee) falsely argued that (Yu) repeated what was alleged by her former management agency", Yu said in a petition filed yesterday with prosecutors. "This is libel as Lee distributed false information to slander (Yu)".Yu also said that Lee earlier filed a legal petition to avoid public blame for dating a younger man."Lee knew the media report was true, but she filed a petition (for the libel suit) to shift blame from herself", Yu said.In an initial ruling, a court said Lee had insufficient evidence to file suit against Yu, and the actress soon dropped the case.

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