Extra! Korea

July 7, 2009

Jang Ja-yeon’s former manager admits to beating her up

Filed under: actors/actresses, celebrities, crime, gender equality, prostitution — extrakorea @ 2:13 am

You might remember the ex-manager of late actress Jang Ja-yeon, Kim Sung-hoon, who was arrested in Japan and deported to Korea.

Police yesterday sought an arrest warrant to detain Kim Sung-hoon, the head of the late actress Jang Ja-yeon’s former management agency, on charges of physically assaulting Jang, embezzling money she earned from her performances and threatening Jang and her friends.

Kim has admitted to assaulting Jang, but he denies the other allegations. Kim is also accused of forcing Jang to serve drinks to and have sex with influential figures.

(emphasis mine)

So in his mind, corruption is something to be embarrassed about, but it’s OK to beat up women. If it were me, it would be the last thing that I’d admit to.

“Sure, I embezzled money. I both gave and accepted bribes, and cooked my accounting books, too. But I never beat up any women to force them into prostitution. Only a low-life smear of scum would do something like that.”

But that’s just me. And look at the pictures of him at the Hankyoreh and Korea Beat. I realize that, since he’s such a high-profile suspect, the police would escort him with huge guys. But Kim looks really small compared to just about every person in those two pictures. I guess that’s one reason why he beat up girls, to try to feel like a big man. I guess he doesn’t feel so tough now.


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