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Actress Song files complaint against 41 netizens

2012/02/24 | 1191 views | Permalink | Source

By Yun Suh-young

Popular actress Song Hye-kyo filed a complaint with the prosecution against 41 netizens who spread false rumors about her online.

In the complaint, Song claimed the Internet users defamed her by spreading rumors that she was "sponsored" by a politician.

Song's agency said the decision was inevitable because the netizens had severely and continuously damaged Song's reputation.

"We filed a complaint last Thursday with the prosecution because Song was being wrongfully depicted online as a 'sponsored actress' by malicious internet users", said Effigies, Song's agency, in a statement. "Although Song knew of the false rumors about her she waited for the netizens to eventually refrain. Since the level of defamation had reached the point where she could not endure it anymore, it was necessary to request legal help".

According to the complaint, false rumors about Song have spread online from September 2008 to December 2011.

Song's agency, however, made it clear that the move was not to be seen as a disapproval of freedom of expression online.

"Despite the inevitable decision she made, Song still believes in the freedom to exchange views on the internet", the agency said.

'스폰서 루머 못참아' 송혜교, 네티즌 41명 고소

배우 송혜교(31)씨가 자신이 모 정치인과 스폰서 관계라는 루머를 퍼뜨렸다며 네티즌 수십명을 고소한 것으로 드러났다.

24일 검찰과 경찰 등에 따르면 송씨는 최근 네티즌 41명을 허위사실 유포에 의한 명예훼손 등의 혐의로 서울중앙지검에 고소했다.

송씨는 고소장에서 이들이 2008년 9월부터 지난해 12월까지 포털 게시판 등에서 '송씨가 모 정치인과 스폰서 관계이며 경제적 이익을 받았다'는 내용의 글을 퍼뜨려 명예가 훼손됐다고 주장했다.

검찰은 최근 이 사건을 서울 강남경찰서에 이첩했다. 경찰은 송씨 측부터 조사한 뒤 인터넷 게시물 등 관련 자료를 넘겨받아 수사에 들어갈 방침이다.

송씨는 지난해 10월 자신이 출연한 영화 '오늘' 개봉 당시 한 언론과의 인터뷰에서 "이상한 얘기가 터져 나와 황당하다"며 "(스폰서로 거론된) 그분은 또 얼마나 황당했겠느냐"고 말했다.

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