Song Sun Mi Denies Any Knowledge Of Jang Ja Yeon’s Case
In 2009, actress Jang Ja Yeon (who is known for acting in the drama “Boys Over Flowers”) died by suicide. She left behind a note that revealed that she had been forced to sexually entertain figures in the business and media world, and she listed their names. At the time, the police cleared about 10 names charged for sexual abuse, and only the actress’s agency CEO and manager were charged for assault and defamation.
Jang Ja Yeon’s former colleague Yoon Ji Oh has been consistently giving testimony as a witness to Jang Ja Yeon’s sexual harassment, and she has recently been taking part in witness interviews. She has said that Jang Ja Yeon never received an autopsy, and she stated that her list was not a suicide note, but simply a document.
On broadcasts, Yoon Ji Oh has called for Lee Mi Sook and Song Sun Mi to reveal the truth. The two actresses were both under The Contents Entertainment, the same agency as Jang Ja Yeon. While Lee Mi Sook stated in 2009 that she had only become aware of Jang Ja Yeon following her death, Dispatch recently released a report questioning the validity of her statement.
On March 18, Song Sun Mi spoke to the news outlet Edaily. “I didn’t even know that the late Jang Ja Yeon was at the same company as me at the time; the only thing I knew was a mention of a rookie actress working under CEO Kim, which I heard from manager Yoo,” said Song Sun Mi. “I think that if [the late Jang Ja Yeon]’s death was wrongful, then the truth must be revealed, but I was not acquainted at all with the departed and I feel a great burden over being mentioned despite knowing nothing about the inside story of what happened at the time. If I knew something, why would I stay silent?”
Song Sun Mi also stated that while she was working with CEO Kim, she never had to entertain or was coerced to go to drinking parties.
“I was recently married at the time, and I was very wary about ‘unsavory places’ so if I was worried about a place, I’d go with my stylist,” she said. “I worked with CEO Kim for about two years, and during that time there was a year where I didn’t hear from him and so I didn’t work.”
“Time passed and my contract naturally came to an end,” she continued. “There were some appearance payments that I hadn’t received from CEO Kim so I proceeded with a lawsuit, and CEO Kim gathered evidence and filed a countersuit saying that I had violated my contract.”
“The court’s decision on that matter was that CEO Kim had lost the suit, and I received due process of the law and left the company,” Song Sun Mi went on to say. “I found out through the news that CEO Kim had done bad things [related to Jang Ja Yeon’s case], and I was furious.”
“I’m currently raising a child and trying to find small bits of happiness, and I feel helpless when I see that my name has been mentioned needlessly,” she said. “CEO Kim and manager Yoo will have to speak now.”
The investigative activities of the Committee of Past Affairs, which is in charge of reinvestigating Jang Ja Yeon’s case and others, has received a two-month extension and will be active until late May.