The Seoul Central Prosecutor's Office on Thursday sought an arrest warrant for a journalist on charges of spreading false rumors that KBS TV presenter Hwang Soo-kyung is close to divorcing her husband.
The journalist, identified as Park, is accused of libel by posting comments on KakaoTalk and other social media that Hwang and her husband, a prosecutor in Jeonju, North Jeolla Province, are on the point of divorce.
The couple in a statement said the rumors are "malicious and false" and turned to prosecutors to trace the person responsible for spreading them.
The ensuing investigation led them to Park. But he refused to divulge his sources. Prosecutors sought an arrest warrant citing intent to "disseminate malicious rumors."
A lawyer representing Hwang said she is suffering emotionally from the rumors.