Man Held for Attempted Blackmail of Miss Korea

      October 11, 2006 20:38

      Lee Honey
      Police have arrested a man who threatened the mother of Miss Korea Lee Honey over the Internet.

      The Cyber Terror Response Center of the Seoul Metropolitan Police arrested a 40-year-old man identified as Kim who allegedly attempted to extort money from the girl's mother Moon Jae-sook -- who is one of Korea's Living Cultural Assets for her skill on the Gayageum or traditional Korean 12-string zither -- saying that he would publish nude photos of Lee Honey if his demands are not met. He was playing with fire since Lee's father is the deputy director of the National Intelligence Service.

      When Kim was in Japan in July, he sent e-mails and made telephone calls saying he would paste Lee Honey's face onto a nude photo and make it public unless he was paid W100 million (US$1=W958). He also threatened to "expose" the fact that Lee's being named a living cultural asset was a sham, police said.

      Kim was in Japan fleeing charges of conspiracy to commit fraud, from where he was deported and arrested by Korean authorities immediately after landing at Incheon International Airport. Lee Honey studies Korean Traditional Music at Seoul National University. Her maternal uncle is former Uri Party chairman Moon Hee-sang.

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