A Korean media outlet recently deleted a report on the content of a farewell letter following the death of “Parasite” actor Lee Sun Kyun. However, this action may have been overdue as Lee Sun Kyun agency HODU&U Entertainment has been taking legal action. Join us as we unravel the aftermath of Lee Sun Kyun’s passing in the following report.
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TV Chosun Deletes Contents of “Parasite” Actor Lee Sun Kyun Farewell Letter
In a recent development, Korean media outlet TV Chosun has retracted an article that claimed to detail the letter of the late Lee Sun Kyun, known for his role in the hit movie, “Parasite.”
The controversial piece surfaced on December 27 last year, coinciding with the day of Lee Sun Kyun’s death. The report suggested that Lee Sun Kyun had left a note expressing apologies over substantial penalties for his film and advertisement commitments.
“We can’t do anything else; this is our only option.
I apologize for the high penalty fees for the advertisement and film.”– Lee Sun Kyun’s letter.
This report sparked immediate controversy, primarily because it emerged without the approval of Lee Sun Kyun’s family.
Was the Letter Truly Authentic?
Following the release of Lee Sun Kyun’s letter, Korean investigative media outlet Dispatch challenged the report on January 4. Dispatch asserted that the details of the supposed letter had diverged from the truth. In particular, they refuted the article’s claim regarding 10 billion won in penalty fees.
“The details shared about the will don’t match the facts.
It’s incorrect to say that the penalty fees mentioned in the article were as high as 10 billion won.– Dispatch.
Subsequently, TV Chosun removed the contentious article about Lee Sun Kyun’s letter from their platform eight days after its initial publication.
Apology Overdue: Agency of “Parasite” Actor Lee Sun Kyun Already Taking Legal Actions
Previously, HODU&U Entertainment, the agency representing “Parasite” actor Lee Sun Kyun, issued a legal stance following his death. Korean media believed the agency’s legal stance was likely aimed at TV Chosun.
“We have recently noticed the spread of false rumors and misinformation about our actors. Therefore, we have started collecting relevant materials and data while simultaneously taking legal action.
In the future, we will firmly deal with any situation involving the spread of false facts.
We initially trusted that a thorough and fair police investigation would uncover the truth. However, given the current circumstances, we no longer feel confident about its outcomes. As a result, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to clarify and correct the information piece by piece.
Thus, on January 2, Hodu&U Entertainment filed a complaint against a reporter who reported false content as truth on December 27, 2023. We ask that the reporter sincerely apologize and actively participate in the ensuing legal proceedings.
Additionally, since the investigation was ongoing and has not yet concluded, it was inevitably impossible for us to respond to all inquiries.
Therefore, we ask for the modification and deletion of all articles and online posts published without certain sources or fact-checking. We kindly urge you to take swift action on this matter.”– Lee Sun Kyun’s agency, HODU&U Entertainment.
Following this, TV Chosun removed the related report and video on January 4. Attempts to access any related articles on TV Chosun’s website will now lead to an unavailable page.
It was Against the Government’s Rules
In light of Lee Sun Kyun’s letter removal, apparently, the South Korean government does not allow any publicity related to someone’s farewell message.
In line with the ‘Suicide Reporting Guidelines 3.0’ established by the Ministry of Health and Welfare, the Central Suicide Prevention Center, and the Korean Journalists Association, the media is advised against detailing the contents of farewell letters.
These guidelines stress the need to respect the privacy of the deceased and their families and to prevent glorifying suicide by minimizing reports on farewell letters.
Finally, Kpoppost’s team of writers would like to express our deepest condolences once again for the passing of Lee Sun Kyun, and wish that his family would stay strong in these difficult situations.
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