Extra! Korea

July 14, 2009

Male entertainers may also suffer sexual harassment

Filed under: actors/actresses, celebrities, crime, gender equality — extrakorea @ 3:12 pm

With the arrest of Kim Sung-hoon, the investigation into the suicide of actress Jang Ja-yeon, supposedly brought on by violent sexual coercion, is moving forward.

The police said one of Jang’s former colleagues who also worked for Kim’s agency told police on Wednesday that she witnessed Kim coercing Jang into serving drinks.

Kim was detained on Monday on charges of physically assaulting Jang, embezzling money she earned from her performances, threatening her and her friends and fleeing in a separate case involving the alleged sexual harassment of a male model last year.

(emphasis mine)

So it looks like male entertainers can also suffer from sexual harassment.

July 10, 2009

Hey! Where’s John Cho?!

Filed under: actors/actresses, movies — extrakorea @ 5:36 am

The Chosun Ilbo has an article about the Korean actors and actresses who have starred in recent Hollywood movies. Mentioned were Rain (“Speed Racer”), Lee Byung-hun (“G.I. Joe”), Jeon Ji-hyun (“Blood: The Last Vampire”), and Daniel Henney (“X-Men Origins: Wolverine”).

Hey! Where’s John Cho, who stars as Sulu in the summer smash “Star Trek“?!

July 7, 2009

New Rules to Protect Young Entertainers Announced

Filed under: actors/actresses, celebrities, crime, gender equality — extrakorea @ 11:58 pm

The Fair Trade Commission says that it has established rules to try to protect young entertainers. Complaints about unfair contracts, called “slave contracts” by some, surfaced after the suicide of actress Jang Ja-yeon and allegations that she was abused by her talent agency.

After investigations late last year and earlier this year into contracts signed between major talent agencies and their clients, the agency said it discovered contract terms that excessively infringe on client privacy or are otherwise advantageous only to the agencies. For example, many of the investigated agencies required entertainers to report their locations at all times or to participate in the agencies’ events for low or no pay.

Another condition that was discovered was the fact that the majority of existing contracts are for more than ten years. The new rules forbid contracts that are longer than seven years.

In the last few days, the results of a survey imply that sexual coercion definitely exists in the entertainment business. However, the extent to which it exists is unknown and, at this point, unknowable. The very low number of respondents (183 out of 2,000) makes any credible extrapolation very difficult. Another blog wrote on this same topic, and used the term “the casting couch.” You can see the entry, and the resulting discussion, including my comments on the use of that term, here.

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.

Survey suggests at least 19% of female entertainers forced to have sex

Filed under: actors/actresses, crime, gender equality, prostitution — extrakorea @ 12:24 am

Both the Hankyoreh and the Korea Times have written about the results of a poll that suggest that at least 19% of female entertainers are forced to have sex.

The results are based on 183 respondents out of nearly 2,000 entertainers who were asked to take part in the survey _ the remainder declined to answer.

Only 183 out of 2,000 answered?! I wonder why the other 1,817 refused to answer.

Of the 183, 19.1 percent said they were either forced to have sex with influential figures or witnessed their colleagues being coerced to do so.

Meanwhile, 34.4 percent, 63 respondents said they “were urged to participate in a business banquet to provide personal entertainment for an entertainment executive or broadcast official.

It sounds like about 19% were forced to have sex, and about 34% were forced to pour drinks, etc. And that’s from the 183 who responded. I wonder what the other 1,817 who remained silent would have said had they answered.

In the section of the survey asking who were the initiators, the respondents named approximately 10 persons who work as producers and senior officials in broadcasting companies, scenario writers, businessmen and politicians. The union, however, is not disclosing any names.

According to the union, the respondents gave the names of producers and executives of TV stations, writers, politicians, and business and entertainment heavyweights who were involved, but it refused to make them public.

June 30, 2009

Jang Ja-yeon’s former manager to be deported to Korea Friday

Filed under: actors/actresses, celebrities, crime, gender equality, suicide — extrakorea @ 6:46 am

Kim Sung-hoon, the former head of late actress Jang Ja-yeon’s management agency, is to be deported to Korea this Friday.
If you’d like to throw eggs at this piece of human filth, he’ll arrive at Incheon International Airport at 3:20 p.m., on Korean Air flight KE702.

June 24, 2009

Japanese police arrest head of late actress Jang Ja-yeon’s management agency

Filed under: actors/actresses, celebrities, crime, gender equality, prostitution, suicide — extrakorea @ 3:13 pm

Japanese police officers have arrested Kim Sung-hoon, the former head of late actress Jang Ja-yeon’s management agency. You might recall that Kim is the lame excuse for a human being who beat up Jang if she refused to sleep with rich and powerful men who were old enough to be her father.

“It will take about two months for Kim to return to Korea,” a police officer said. “Once his arrival, we will resume the stalemated investigation into figures allegedly involved in the scandal.”

Following her death, police launched a large-scale investigation, pledging to discover who had received such nasty favors from the actress regardless of their social positions.

Police concluded the investigation in April. They booked nine people out of the 20 questioned but failed to identify who the late actress was forced to provide entertainment and sexual intercourse to.

None of the corporate figures and media executives suspected of having sex with the late Jang have been booked. At that time, police said they were unable to find concrete evidence to the claim that the late actress was forced to provide sex in completing their investigation.

Jang hanged herself at her house in Bundang, south of Seoul, on March 7.

A few days later, her agent disclosed a seven-page suicide note, supposedly written by Jang, which stated that a former agent had forced her to provide sex and entertainment to several VIPs, including CEOs of two print and online media organizations, program directors and a bank CEO. The other bigwigs allegedly include owners and presidents of chaebol.

June 18, 2009

Actess Han Ye-seul voted as having “Best-shaped Face”

Filed under: actors/actresses, celebrities, gender equality — extrakorea @ 2:54 am

According to All K Pop and Pop Seoul, actress Han Ye-seul has been voted as having the best-shaped face, or the best facial structure. And what kind of shape is her enviable face? Do you have to ask?

May 17, 2009

Why Aoi Sora made me laugh and feel proud

Filed under: actors/actresses, eye candy, television — extrakorea @ 4:17 am

I’ve posted before about how three AV (Japanese porn) stars, Sora Aoi, Mihiro (Mihiro Taniguchi), and Rio (Tina Yuzuki), are to star in a Korean drama, Korean Classroom.

Rio (Tina Yuzuki), Aoi Sora, and Mihiro (Mihiro Taniguchi)

Rio (Tina Yuzuki), Aoi Sora, and Mihiro (Mihiro Taniguchi)

Two of them, Aoi Sora and Mihiro, held a press conference.

Aoi Sora said at the press conference, “I was very surprised at receiving this offer intially and I never knew that so many people in Korea recognizes me.”

Ha ha. The high amount of recognition could be due to the fact that Korea is the world’s largest per capita consumer of porn.

I myself am aware that I am in the AV business and that it’s a hotly-discussed topic in Korea.

Yes. Hotly discussed.

But if not for AV in the first place, I would not have been that well-known today. So I won’t be hiding my past.

That’s right. Don’t be ashamed of your past. I have a friend who is a big fan of your body of work. I, for one, am proud of you, and I stand at attention for you. At least, part of me does.

Check out the promotional preview over at AllKPop. At the end, there’s some kind of dramatic, over-the-top hysterics by a Japanese actor.

P.S. I promise to make the girlie pictures a rare occurrence.

May 11, 2009

Chosun Ilbo sues lawmakers, and they might sue back

Filed under: actors/actresses, crime, gender equality, prostitution — extrakorea @ 9:33 am

I reported in a previous post that the senior executive of the Chosun Ilbo newspaper was planning to sue two lawmakers for libel for publicly naming him in the infamous “Jang Ja-yeon list.” The newspaper filed the civil lawsuit Monday, and it’s for one billion won ($805,000).
However, as they say, “the best defense is offense,” so both lawmakers indicated that they will also take legal action.

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