At the third trial held at the Seoul Central District Court on December 16, the prosecution demanded model Lee Ji Yeon and GLAM‘s Dahee to serve a three-year sentence for blackmailing actor Lee Byung Hun.
“Dahee and Lee Ji Yeon admitted to being accomplices. However, they denied planning the crime and doing the crime itself. The crime is severe and strict punishment is needed so we demand a three-year sentence,” stated the prosecution.
“(In asking for this sentence,) we have considered that the crime involved the two (ladies) planning the crime and using private recordings to extort money. They have shifted the blame to the victim and they didn’t repent or self-reflect. They have caused great psychological damage to the victim’s family as well,” added the prosecution.
The prosecution also showed text messages as evidence that before Lee Ji Yeon and Dahee met with Lee Byung Hun last August, the two ladies intended to extort money using private recordings.
“(Although it is argued by the defense that Lee Ji Yeon and Lee Byung Hun were in a romantic relationship), the meetings between those two people were very few. There isn’t any truth to the relationship of the two considering that the messages she sent with Dahee belittles Lee Byung Hun,” added the prosecution.
On the other hand, Lee Ji Yeon’s camp denied that the crime was premeditated. Lee Ji Yeon’s side also stated that the announcement of the criminal probe was partial to the victim’s side such that the messages sent by Lee Ji Yeon to Lee Byung Hun were revealed but the messages sent by Lee Byung Hun to Lee Ji Yeon were only partially submitted.
In November, GLAM‘s Dahee and model Lee Ji Yeon were sued for blackmailing when they threatened Lee Byung Hun that they will release personal information if he did not pay them 5 billion won (approximately 4.9 million USD).