October 29, 2019 12:13
Police are seeking to arrest model and former actress Yoon Ji-oh in a strange saga surrounding the suicide of her friend, actress Jang Ja-yeon, in 2009.
The Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency on Monday reapplied for an arrest warrant after being slapped down in September for insufficient cause.
Yoon has fled to Canada, but a police source said, "Once the arrest warrant is issued, we will be able to cancel her passport and ask Canadian authorities to extradite her."
Yoon claimed on several TV shows earlier this year to have witnessed sexual abuses her late friend suffered and to have new information about the events leading to Jang's suicide.
She also claimed she feared for her life and took advantage of police protection, but her account was later revealed to be full of holes and police want to indict her for wasting W10 million worth of their time and money (US$1=W1,171).
The claims also led to an outpouring of public support and W140 million worth of donations to hire bodyguards, which could give rise to fraud charges.
Yoon is already being sued for defamation and fraud by a writer who had helped her publish a book about Jang's suicide and others who had been helping her.
Police have sent Yoon three summonses to appear for questioning, but she has refused citing health problems.
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