January 19, 2022 11:49
Potentially damaging phone calls between the ruling Minjoo Party's presidential candidate Lee Jae-myung and his mentally disturbed brother and sister-in-law were disclosed on Tuesday by a lawyer who has published a book criticizing Lee.
The lawyer said the 160-minute-long expletive-laden recordings, which consists of over 30 phone conversations between Lee and the couple, were mostly recorded by Lee's brother, who refused to be sectioned in a psychiatric facility in 2012. He has since died.
Lee apologized for the recordings. "Although there are things that are hard to explain as they are in the sphere of private and domestic affairs, I'm very sorry for causing trouble. I ask for forgiveness and promise things like this will never happen again," he added.
The leak seems to come as part of a counterattack in the dirty war between the two leading candidates after portions of "private and inappropriate" telephone conversations between the wife of main opposition People Power Party candidate Yoon Suk-yeol and an YouTuber were leaked last week.
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