I remember the morning when the malicious rumor started to spread via SNS and online. Seriously, the pathetic loser people/fans who use their time to defame other celeb stars… that’s just really sad, whatever your motive.
I wasn’t planning to translate any of the news clips since…
This was clearly reported as a malicious rumor. And it was quickly addressed by Seunggi and his agency, and culminated in news that the person who originated this ridiculous nonsense had reportedly been found. Furthermore, with Seunggi and Hook Entertainment, as well as the woman whom Seunggi and Hook have never met but whose photo was misused along with the malicious rumor, both filing charges of defamation against the rumor originator, it clearly signaled that this was all completely fabricated and groundless as reported by all the press and media outlets. And generally acknowledged by general Korean public and notorious K-netizens.
However, since it’s so effing annoying to see stupid uninformed people mentioning Lee Seunggi’s good name alongside those of others who are actually being investigated (um hello, in Seunggi’s case, the malicious rumor originator is the ONE being investigated, and Seunggi IS the one who filed the request for investigation!)…
I’ve compiled English translation of the main Korean news clips and English-language K-entertainment site articles here. Reading this in sequence, the quick immediate action taken in this malicious rumor situation says a lot about Seunggi. Especially the fact that he and his agency are taking a strong stance and requested that defamation charges and no leniency be made against the perpetrator.
Read English translation…
Lee Seunggi’s Agency Request an Investigation into Tabloid Rumor
English: LSGfan, Video: Yonhap News TV
June 22, 2016. Currently serving in the military, singer-actor Lee Seunggi and his agency filed an investigation request with the police to find the person who started a malicious rumor that recently spread online.
Lee Seunggi’s agency contacted the Cyber Crimes Headquarters the day before to request an investigation, and the report was assigned to the Gangnam Police Department.
According to a Gangnam Police representative, they plan to call in an agency representative to clearly confirm the type of investigation that is being requested. Once the person who started the rumor is found, the plan is to charge the person with defamation of character.
Recently, there was a scandalous post about Lee Seunggi spreading online.
Lee Seunggi, ‘Baby Father’ Malicious Rumor Originator Will be Found
English: LSGfan, Video: MBN
June 22, 2016. Recently, a rumor spread online about Lee Seunggi, who is serving in the army. According to the tabloid gossip post that was spread, a makeup artist secretly gave birth and is raising Lee Seunggi’s son.
Regarding this, Lee Seunggi’s agency filed a request with the police department to investigate and find the person who started the rumor.
Lee Seunggi’s agency filed a request for investigation with the Police Cyber Crimes Unit and the case was sent to Seoul’s Gangnam police department.
The police called in an agency representative today to confirm the nature of the report and is planning to investigate. Once the police finds the person who started the rumor, the person will be charged with defamation of character.
Lee Seunggi enlisted for military service last February, received his placement in the Special Forces brigade, and is currently serving active duty in the army.
Lee Seunggi’s Agency Files Request for Investigation into Secret Mistress Rumor Originator
English: LSGfan, Video: K STAR Live Star News
June 23, 2016. Singer and talent Lee Seunggi, who is currently serving in the military, has filed a request for investigation with the police to punish the person who started and spread a malicious rumor about him.
On June 21st, the Seoul Gangnam Police Department stated they received an investigation request from Lee Seunggi and his agency to find, charge and punish the person who spread the malicious rumor about him.
Recently, a rumor about a makeup artist having Lee Seunggi’s baby was spread online causing shock.
The police plan to use digital information networking systems as well as expedited information protection data to find and lawfully charge the person who originated the malicious rumor.
The Person Behind the Lee Seunggi Rumor is a Nation’s Telecommunications Employee
English: LSGfan, Video: K STAR Live Star News
June 24, 2016. It was revealed that the person who originated the malicious rumor about singer-actor Lee Seunggi is an employee at one of the Nation’s telecommunications companies.
On June 23rd, according to one news outlet, there was a confirmed report that the person (A) who started the malicious rumor about Lee Seunggi, posted the information in a chat room for company employees.
Furthermore, the photo of the woman that was circulated with the rumor is that of a fellow employee who works in a different department but within the same company as Person A. It was revealed that the woman whose photo was used is also suing Person A for defamation.
Previously on June 21, a rumor appeared that a makeup artist had Lee Seunggi’s baby to which Lee Seunggi’s agency stated they would strongly seek out and punish the person who spread the malicious rumor.
Lee Seunggi’s Agency, ‘Strong Confrontation’ to Spreading of Rumor
English: LSGfan, Video: SBS Morning Wide via Shao-Ying Hsu
June 24, 2016. R1: With a shocking rumor spreading online that Lee Seunggi had a child with a female staff person, Lee Seunggi’s agency eventually took action. Recently spreading online via SNS — they call this tabloid gossip, right? — supposedly Lee Seunggi was secretly dating an older makeup artist and had a baby and the woman is supposedly raising the child. On top of that, there was even a photo of the woman that was posted. And there was talk as to whether this rumor was true or not, thus spreading further online.
R2: Really, me too… I just happened to see it on my messenger and while reading it, I really thought this is total nonsense. And as expected, it was not true, right?
R1: Yes, the rumor was found to be completely groundless and the nature of it so ridiculous that early on, Lee Seunggi’s agency wasn’t planning to take any action. However, nevertheless, because a woman whom Lee Seunggi has never met was harmed along the way, yesterday, he filed a request for investigation with the Police Cyber Crimes Unit.
Audio Question from Reporter: Is it true that you filed charges and requested a police investigation?
Hook Entertainment Representative: Yes, we requested that the person who started the rumor be caught, and that the people who spread the malicious gossip all be investigated as well.
R1: Yesterday, according to one news outlet, the person who spread the malicious rumor is an employee of one of our Nation’s telecommunications companies, L. According to that report, Person A intentionally posted the malicious rumor so that it would be spread online, and even more shocking, the photo used with the tabloid gossip belonged to another employee at the same company. Although the facts should be revealed through the investigation, the agency plans to file defamation charges against the person who started the malicious rumor as well as all the people involved in spreading it online.
R2: We really can’t understand why this kind of rumor was spread but we hope it will be successfully taken care of.
News articles from English K-entertainment outlets……..
June 21, 2016 [Soompi]
Lee Seung Gi’s Reps Request Police Investigation Of Source Behind Rumor Of Secret Child
Representatives of actor and singer Lee Seung Gi, who is currently serving in the army, have stated their intention to uncover the source of a malicious rumor about the star.
A rumor recently spread online that Lee Seung Gi had fathered a child with a make-up artist who is older than him, and that the two were secretly raising the child together, with Lee Seung Gi even visiting her on several occasions after enlisting in the army.
On June 21, it was reported that Lee Seung Gi’s agency has filed a request to open an investigation with the police’s cyber investigation unit to find the person who started this rumor.
Part of the rumor that was spread online included the claim that local media outlet Dispatch was currently collecting information about the story, as though they were about to break the news. However, Dispatch has posted on their website to state that the story is “100 percent fabricated.”
“[The rumor] even went so far as to suggest that we are covering the story,” Dispatch writes. “We assure you that this is completely false. We don’t even currently have the workers to cover such a rumor.” They add, “We have confirmed that there is no such person on his make-up team.”
A photograph of a woman was also spread online as part of the rumor, which claimed that she is the mother of Lee Seung Gi’s alleged secret child. A friend of this woman has come forward to tell TV Report on June 21 that her friend was shocked to see her photo being circulated online as though she was the “secret girlfriend” of Lee Seung Gi.
“My friend is just an ordinary mother,” the friend explains. “She recently gave birth and is taking care of her baby now, but she was shocked to see a photo in a tabloid of herself from her social media account from before she was married.” The friend says that the woman has filed a report with the police regarding the source of the rumor.
Lee Seung Gi enlisted in the army for his mandatory military service on February 1 of this year, and is expected to be discharged from the army on October 31, 2017.
June 21, 2016 [AsianJunkie]
Lee Seung Gi denies that he has a secret love child, will take legal action
Rumors recently emerged that Lee Seung Gi and a makeup artist had a secret love child together, but his agency have denied the rumors and announced that legal action will be taken.
On June 21, rumors spread that Lee Seung Gi and a makeup artist, who is his senior, had a child together, and she’s currently raising their baby in secret. However, his agency has denied the reports and further announced Lee Seung Gi’s plans to take legal action against the rumor starter. Reports say Lee Seung Gi’s agency has already filed a complaint with the cyber crime team to investigate the netizen who started the rumor.
Honestly, Lee Seung Gi having a secret child on the low I guess would’ve just made sense for 2016, right?
Granted, this seems likely to be fanfiction.
June 22, 2016 [Soompi]
Lee Seung Gi’s Agency To Sue Person Behind Rumor About Secret Child
Singer-actor Lee Sung Gi is planning on taking legal action about the initial source of a rumor that he had fathered a secret child.
After the rumor spread online, Lee Seung Gi’s agency Hook Entertainment filed a request for the police’s cyber investigation unit to find who started the rumor.
On June 23, Hook Entertainment revealed that the agency is planning on suing the person behind the rumor as well. “We have retained a lawyer for a lawsuit against the original person who spread the malicious rumor.”
The agency was firm in its stance to not be lenient on the rumor fabricator. “The rumor was malicious because it was targeted at a civilian, so there will be no leniency. We plan on taking stern measures.”
Meanwhile, Lee Seung Gi enlisted in mandatory military service on February 1 of this year and is expected to be discharged from the army on October 31, 2017.
June 23, 2016 [Soompi]
Police Have Identified The Source Of The Rumor About Lee Seung Gi’s Secret Child
The person who started the rumor about Lee Seung Gi having a secret child has been identified, according to a report by Star News on June 23.
The person, referred to as “A,” is an employee at a major Korean mobile carrier, only referred to in reports as “L.” It all started on June 21 and 22 when “A” wrote the rumors about Lee Seung Gi in a group chat at work.
The woman whose picture had been released as the supposed mother of Lee Seung Gi’s child was an employee working in a different department of the same company. Like Lee Seung Gi, the woman has also filed a complaint with the police against “A.”
Lee Seung Gi’s agency, Hook Entertainment, previously stated that they would be taking strict legal measures with no leniency against all those that spread the rumor.
June 23, 2016 [AsianJunkie]
Police have found the source of Lee Seung Gi love child rumor & he will sue
Lee Seung Gi promised that the person who started the rumor about him having a secret love child with his makeup artist would get fucked up, and now he has delivered on that promise. Police have found the source of the rumor, and Lee Seung Gi is gonna follow through with a lawsuit.
The person, referred to as “A,” is an employee at a major Korean mobile carrier, only referred to in reports as “L.” It all started on June 21 and 22 when “A” wrote the rumors about Lee Seung Gi in a group chat at work. The woman whose picture had been released as the supposed mother of Lee Seung Gi’s child was an employee working in a different department of the same company. Like Lee Seung Gi, the woman has also filed a complaint with the police against “A.”
Yes folks, that’s right. This whole thing started because of a work group chat.
Lest you think he’ll be letting her off light …. nope.
On June 23, Hook Entertainment revealed that the agency is planning on suing the person behind the rumor as well. “We have retained a lawyer for a lawsuit against the original person who spread the malicious rumor.” The agency was firm in its stance to not be lenient on the rumor fabricator. “The rumor was malicious because it was targeted at a civilian, so there will be no leniency. We plan on taking stern measures.”
June 23, 2016 [Allkpop]
Police find suspect who spread rumors of Lee Seung Gi’s secret child
Police have found the suspect who originally started rumors that Lee Seung Gi has a secret child with a makeup artist.
His agency Hook Entertainment stated on June 23, “Like many other celebrities, Lee Seung Gi has suffered rumors since his debut, but never responded as the rumors were untrue. However, this rumor was so seriously spread, we’ve decided to respond strongly. Though he hasn’t done anything wrong, Lee Seung Gi has suffered defamation of character, and a woman he doesn’t know has suffered damages. As we think it’s a criminal act and not just a joke, we have filed a complaint with the cyber investigation team. We will be taking legal action against the original rumor starter as well as those who maliciously spread the rumor.”
Earlier in the day, it was found that an employee working for a major Korean mobile carrier began to write rumors about Lee Seung Gi in a group chat for work on June 21 and the 22nd. Employee A used a photo of another employee from a different department of the carrier, alleging the second employee was the mother of Lee Seung Gi’s secret child.
Both Lee Seung Gi and the second employee have filed police reports against employee A.