Han Hyo Joo’s former manager and two accomplices, who threatened the actress’s father with releasing photos of her private life unless they received 400,000,000 won (approx. $376,000), recently received their suspended prison and probation sentences.
On January 14, the Seoul Central District Court charged Han Hyo Joo’s former manager, Mr. Lee, with suspended sentence of 6 months in prison with 2 years of probation, Mr. Hwang with a suspended sentence of 8 months in prison and 2 years of probation, and Mr. Yoon with a suspended sentence of 10 months in prison and 2 years of probation.
The judge took into consideration that the defendants all admitted to the charges, the photos in question were all collected, and that Han Hyo Joo’s father and the defendants reached a settlement, before he made the ruling.
The three defendants in question were charged with blackmail last November. At the beginning of October, the former manager had left to the Philippines, and called Han Hyo Joo’s father saying that he had 20 private photos, asking for 20,000,000 won (approx. $18,800) a piece, for a total 400,000,000 won ($376,000).