Lee Seung Gi’s Agency Shares Update On Legal Action Regarding Malicious Comments
Lee Seung Gi’s agency Hook Entertainment shared a statement on January 6 addressing the current status of legal action against malicious commenters about the actor.
Read the statement below:
Since June 2020, our company has been working with the law firm LIWU to operate a clean internet monitoring center to eradicate the defamation, insults, and spreading of falsehoods by malicious commenters regarding our artist Lee Seung Gi. The result of that has been that a malicious commenter was sentenced to pay a heavy fine of 5 million won (approximately $4,600) by the Sangju Branch of the Daegu District Court last August. Despite that, the actions of malicious commenters regarding our artist have continued. The actions described above undoubtedly constitute a crime.
An investigation is currently underway regarding the criminal complaint filed by our company and the law firm LIWU last September. We recently submitted an additional criminal complaint to the investigation division of the cyber bureau at the National Police Agency regarding a malicious commenter, and we have already completed the complainant statement. We are of the opinion that the criminal will receive punishment. Since the criminal complaint made in September, we have been selecting the posts that are considered criminal acts from among the malicious posts and classifying them, and we are putting together an additional list of malicious commenters. We plan to submit an additional criminal complaint before January 15. In addition, we expect that there will be an increase in the actions of malicious commenters during the airing of the tvN drama “Mouse,” which is premiering in February, and so we plan to strengthen the monitoring of the clean internet center during that time.
Together with the law firm LIWU, our company continues to identify evidence and identities of malicious commenters who insult and defame our artist and spread false information while evading the law by using anonymity and VPNs. We will track down all the digital traces and evidence and hold them fully legally responsible, including both criminal responsibility and filing civil requests for compensation for damages. In addition, even if we receive requests from the criminals for agreements or leniency for various reasons, we will not grant them.
Also, fans who are sending in many tips and opinions regarding the malicious commenter criminal complaint process have been curious about the checking of tip emails. Regarding this, as a rule we check and take action on the very day we receive a tip, however we ask for your understanding about the fact that there can be a time difference in the checking of emails. LIWU has also responded to say that they will check and take action more rapidly so that fans are not concerned.
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