Jang Ja-yeon Suicide Probe Resumes

      June 26, 2009 10:53

      Police said Thursday they will resume investigation of 13 people in connection with the suicide of the actress Jang Ja-yeon. The announcement comes after the head of Jang's management agency, identified as Kim, was arrested in Japan on Wednesday.

      Eight people have been indicted and four people are under investigation on various complaints involving accusations by the late actress that her agency pimped her to influential figures and threatened violence if she refused.

      The fundamental question is what factors contributed to Jang's suicide. Jang was in conflict with Kim because she apparently wanted to end her contract, drawing up a list of influential figures in entertainment and politics whom she said she was forced to entertain.

      Police are asking the Japanese to deport Kim promptly since he was caught staying illegally in the island country. "Because the deportation procedure is simple, we can secure custody of Kim within one or two weeks," a police spokesman said.

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