Korean prosecutors on Wednesday formally charged four female celebrities, Park Si-yeon, Jang Mi-inae, Lee Seung-yeun and Hyun Young, with abusing propofol, a drug widely used as an anesthetic during surgery, reported Korean media.
Prosecutors said Park was the heaviest user of the four, receiving more than 180 injections of the drug at two cosmetic surgery clinics between 2011 and 2012, for surgical procedures that did not actually take place.
The authorities have also charged the doctors who illegally administered the propofol injections, and an artiste management agency representative who had obstructed their investigations.
Propofol is a fast-acting sedative which relaxes the user and gives the user a feeling of euphoria.
However, it has a number of side effects, and can affect the user’s respiratory and cardiac functions.
Propofol is the same drug that killed US superstar Michael Jackson, who died from an overdose in 2009.
Korean actor Park Si Hoo, who previously starred in popular dramas like “The Princess’ Man”, spent almost 10 hours with Korean police on Friday, to assist with investigations into claims that he had sexually assaulted a female aspiring entertainer, reported Korean media.
The 22-year-old woman had earlier alleged that Park got her drunk at a bar, then took her to his home and sexually assaulted her while she was unconscious on February 15.
The police announced over the weekend that they have received new evidence on the case from Park’s lawyers during their session with Park, in the form of message logs between Park’s accuser and her friend.
In one exchange which took place after the incident, the aspiring entertainer apparently expressed that she would attempt to play the victim when she went to the police, after her friend suggested that she ask Park for a 1 billion won (S$1.1 million) settlement fee.
However, the police pointed out that none of these exchanges have managed to prove that their sexual encounter was consensual as Park had claimed, adding that they would continue to investigate the matter.
Park, who was mobbed by reporters when he left the police station on Friday, did not comment on the investigations, only saying that “the truth will prevail”.
Overseas broadcasters have reportedly put negotiations over the purchase of the broadcasting rights to Park’s latest drama serial, “Cheongdamdong Alice”, on hold, in light of the controversy surrounding Park’s sexual assault case.
Here’s Forbes Korea’s Power Celebrity 40 list for 2013:
Columns from left to right:
2013 rank / 2012 rank / Name / Profession / Sales / Media / Broadcast / Professionalism
*All data based on 2012
*Based on “2012 People Search Rankings” from Nate, 100 nominees were selected from the fields of film, drama, variety, music, and sports. Then sales, frequency of media appearances, variety activities and professionalism were researched.
1. Sales: Annual salary, donations, income from album sales, broadcast & advertisement appearance fees.
-Guarantees from the production agency and advertising companies are also considered.
-Production company’s share (of income), taxes and other expenses are not calculated.
-Only published/revealed income from Japan, China, US, etc. are reflected.
2. Media appearance frequency (celebrity’s influence)
-Number of times appearing in main daily newspapers Joongang, Joseon and DongAh etc.
-Cover appearances on the magazines Movieweek, Cine21, Women’s Joonang, Women’s DongAh, Women’s Joseon, Ceci, Vogue and AstaTV
-Number of times on Daily Sports front page and search ranking
3. Broadcast activities (fame/reputation)
-CF model ranking from advertisement info site “TV CF”
-Number of times appearing in talk shows, variety programs as guests
4. Professionalism (differs by occupation)
Actors and MCs: TV program ratings
Film actors: number of film viewers
Singers: Gaon album sales and combined digital sales
Athletes: competition results
*Awards received at various award ceremonies also included
Surveillance camera footage casts doubt on actor Park Si-hoo’s denials that he raped a 22-year-old aspiring starlet.
The CCTV footage shows his accuser being carried on the back of the acquaintance who introduced them as they arrive at Park’s home in Cheongdam-dong, Seoul on the night of the incident.
According to police, the acquaintance stopped his car in the parking lot of the apartment complex at around 2 a.m. on Friday and is then seen carrying the woman inside.
The woman had earlier told police she passed out on the night in question and on regaining consciousness discovered she had been raped. Park claims the sex was consensual.
The three met at 11 p.m. on Thursday at a bar in the trendy Gangnam district.
Police also have surveillance camera footage from the bar where they drank. It shows the woman walking down the stairs unassisted. “She did not appear drunk when she left the bar and Park was merely escorting her so that she wouldn’t fall down,” the owner of the bar said.
That means she became heavily intoxicated during the 10-minute journey from the bar to the apartment. The woman apparently told police that she was surprised how quickly she became drunk, suggesting that her drink had been spiked.
Police have summoned Park for questioning on Sunday morning.
In the first clip, Lee Da Hae is seen fighting Im Soo Hyang in a 1-on-1 fight. Their fight was so intense that it was hard to imagine that they were actresses and not fighters. Compared to their toned down fighting scene in the broadcast, the deleted scene felt more impactful and intense.
Im Soo Hyang makes her appearance as an assassin at the North-South Korea talks in the second clip. Besides showing her sexy charms, Im Soo Hyang also shows her brutal side, with viewers unable to turn their eyes away for even a moment.
Here’s a nice bed scene.
An interest torture scene.
By spcnet.tv on February 22nd, 2013 | Korean Dramas
SBS TV Wed-Thu drama ‘That Winter, The Wind Blows’ has set another personal best in its television ratings through its latest episode, and edging ahead of its competition in the same timeslot.
According to data released by Ac Nielsen Korea this morning, episode 5 of ‘That Winter, The Wind Blows’ obtained a rating of 14.1% on February 21st. Compared to episode 4 which had 13.4% the day before, it was an increase of 0.7%.
In episode 5, Oh Soo (Jo In Sung) and Oh Young (Song Hye Gyo) heads to the beach for a two days one night vacation. To keep the promise that Oh Soo had made to Oh Young when they were kids, he brings her around the beach while riding a motorcycle. Alas, that day was the memorial day of Hee Joo, who was Oh Soo’s former girlfriend and the elder sister of Hee Sun (Jung Eun Ji). Despite making repeated calls, Jin Sung (Kim Bum) and Hee Sum are unable to get in contact with Oh Soo. Oh Soo doesn’t show up until the memorial day is up, and Hee Sun fumes in anger, “How can he forget the memorial day of my sister!”
Meanwhile, competing dramas like MBC TV ‘7th Grade Civil Servant’ and KBS 2TV ‘IRIS 2’ brought in ratings of 11.4% and 10.7% respectively.
The 10 year production The Grandmaster finally released in Mainland. Lead actor Tony Leung and lead actress Zhang Ziyi were willing to sacrifice their time and lose several jobs to shoot this film from beginning to end. In 2010, it was rumored Korean actress Song Hye Kyo “fussed” and was unwilling to take up extra time to re-shoot some scenes. After spending a year shooting, she only had 6 minutes of screen time in the 130 minute film, lead actress Zhang Ziyi occupied 100 minutes!
Although Song Hye Kyo had little screen time and declined to participate in the promotions, lead actor Tony Leung still praised her professionalism despite having a language barrier with the crew and basically gave a lot of ‘face’. Tony said: “I totally understand her situation. In the past, I went to Taiwan to shoot Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s film not knowing any Mandarin. At the time, I felt as if I was mute and couldn’t speak. But, Song Hye Kyo was very professional, she was able to portray the elegant woman, she’s a very rare actress.” Wong Kar Wai’s production style is ‘patient work makes a good product’, and may not necessarily understand every artist. Tony works very closely with the director, asked if he tutored Song Hye Kyo? Tony laughed: “She’s very professional, not necessary.”
Tony Leung also praised Zhang Ziyi, he said: “I admire her. I don’t need to say much about her acting, but she trained her Kung Fu well. It’s amazing. I had a few action scenes with her, because we had to accommodate several things, I couldn’t hit her lightly. That night we were shooting the scene 50 times, so absolutely there was accidental hitting and stepping involved, I know she was in real pain due to her old injuries, but she held it all in. I really admire her, very rare!”
South Korean pop icon Rain has come under fire after reports revealing his relationship with a top TV actress suggested he might be flouting the terms of his compulsory military service.
Rain’s relationship with Kim Tae-Hee, a major TV drama star with a massive following in Japan, was first reported Tuesday by a tabloid magazine, sparking a fan frenzy on entertainment websites and social networks.
The magazine published photos showing Kim, 32, wearing a cap and surgical mask, getting into a car driven by the singer, who is halfway through the two-year military service that is mandatory for Korean men.
“They are currently getting to know each other with feelings for each other,” Kim’s agency said in a statement later Tuesday, confirming the two had been dating for about a month.
Fan excitement over the match-up between two of the country’s most high-profile celebrities was tempered by questions over how — as reported by the magazine — the couple had managed numerous dates over the past four weeks.
During their military service, Korean men are largely confined to their barracks and given little free time.
“I don’t care whoever Rain dates … but what kind of soldier gets Christmas holiday, where most guys toil shovelling piles of snow at the frontline units in bitter cold?” said one online commentator.
One of the tabloid pictures of the couple showed Rain, 30, driving a private car in military uniform, contrary to service guidelines, and not wearing his army beret.
The defence ministry’s website has been bombarded with messages calling for Rain to be disciplined, with more than 3,000 people signing an online petition urging an investigation.
“Rain has to serve twice, just like Psy did!” said another online comment, referring to the “Gangnam Style” singer who was forced to repeat his military service after it emerged he had furthered his showbiz interests during his first stint.
Rain has been serving as an “entertainment soldier” who appears in military-run TV and radio programmes aimed at boosting morale.
The singer, whose real name is Jung Ji-Hoon, is one of the biggest names in the world of K-pop which commands a huge following in South Korea and across much of Asia and beyond.
A defence ministry spokesman insisted Rain had earned holiday in line with military rules, but added that his army unit was “looking into the matter” given the public clamour.
“We advise soldiers to wear proper military outfit including a beret during a holiday but a failure to do so is not a punishable crime,” the spokesman told AFP.
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