Lee Min-Ho’s Agency Threatens Legal Action Against Online Trolls

The agency has is taking legal action to protect the South Korean actor
By Pakkee Tan 23 May, 2019 5:01 AMTags
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Korean actor Lee Min-ho's agency MYM Entertainment is taking serious action against online trolls leaving malicious comments and spreading rumours about the actor.

On 22 May, the agency announced that they "filed a lawsuit with the Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office... based on the "groundless libel (Article 70, Clause 2 of the Act on Promotion of Information and Communications Network Utilization and Information Protection)" and "defamation (Article 311 of the Criminal Law)" laws" and submitted evidence of "malicious postings and comments through our own monitoring and tips from fans."

According to the agency, the issue has persisted through the years, and that "the level of excessive and repetitive postings had reached a point we could no longer overlook" as it caused "great mental stress and psychological damage" to Lee. This lead to their appointment of a legal representative to safeguard the interests of the actor.

The agency also warned these online trolls that they would take "strict measures without lenience or settlements" and ensure that they would be punished according to South Korean laws.

Recently, Lee was discharged form the military after two years of service, and it was announced that the actor would be teaming up with The Heirs writer Kim Eun-sook for a new drama.

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The full statement from MYM Entertainment reads:

"Hello. This is MYM Entertainment.

We would like to inform you that we are taking legal action against those who have recklessly written posts and comments based on malicious slander and groundless rumours about actor Lee Min-ho.

During this time, we have continuously checked the level of malicious postings and comments through our own monitoring and tips from fans.

Based on the evidence collected, we filed a lawsuit with the Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office on May 22 based on the "groundless libel (Article 70, Clause 2 of the Act on Promotion of Information and Communications Network Utilization and Information Protection)" and "defamation (Article 311 of the Criminal Law)" laws.

Because we judged that that the level of excessive and repetitive postings had reached a point we could no longer overlook, we appointed a legal representative to protect the rights and interests of our artist, and we have taken legal action.

In the future, we will take strict measures without lenience or settlements so that [malicious commenters] are punished accordingly.

This is an issue that has caused great mental stress and psychological damage to the artist, as well as to the fans who have witnessed this, through illegal acts which have continued for years, and the reputation and image of our artist have suffered due to slanderous and hateful comments caused by false information. We will continue to actively take legal action, so we ask for the continued attention and tips from fans."