Actress Han Hyo Joo’s former manager was arrested under the charges of threatening the actress and her family.
Han Hyo Joo, who is currently signed under BH Entertainment along with other top actors including Lee Byung Hun and Go Soo, was signed under “P” agency before she made a name for herself. “P” agency is now non-existent, but “A,” who was Han Hyo Joo’s manager at the time, along with three accomplices contacted the actress’ father and demanded money and valuables saying they had “photos relating to her personal life.”
Once Han Hyo Joo’s father confirmed with the actress that she “did not do anything that would cause any problems,” he reported them to the police. The situation was clarified immediately, and the parties charged are currently in police custody. Contrary to what they claimed in their threat, police investigation revealed that they did not have any personal photos of Han Hyo Joo in their possession.
It is presumed the reason why Han Hyo Joo’s father was targeted for this scheme was due to the fact that Han Hyo Joo is a top actress famous for her pure and innocent image. Former manager “A” and his accomplices believed she and her father would fall for a threat relating to her personal life.
A representative of Han Hyo Joo’s agency stated, “As a person working in the entertainment industry, it is very disappointing to see that this type of offense took place. Even though Han Hyo Joo was blameless, these kinds of incidents can potentially ruin an actress’ image. However, she had a strong will to take immediate legal action.”
The police also made a statement saying, “There are instances where people target celebrities and demand things they usually wouldn’t from an ordinary citizen just for the sole reason that they are public figures. The charged parties targeted someone whose image may become damaged even if their threats were based on falsity. We plan to take action in order to prevent similar incidents from occurring.”
Meanwhile, Han Hyo Joo received the award for “Best Leading Actress” for her role in “Cold Eyes” at the 34th Blue Dragon Film Awards. Prior to the event, she also received the “Best Leading Actress” award for the same role at the 22nd Busan International Film Festival.