Author Gong Ji-young has taken a position on the leaks presented by the Joo Jin-mo phone hacking. She is the first reasonably famous person, albeit not a celebrity, to openly question Jang Dong-gun's morality, suggesting that he should be investigated for soliciting prostitutes. The leaks presented both Joo Jin-mo and Jang Dong-gun in a very poor light.
The general unwillingness of people to comment on Jang Dong-gun negatively is partially because he is the victim of a crime. Also, the actions he is seen discussing in the leaks, while not morally commendable, are not clearly illegal. Gong Ji-young acknowledged the former argument in her relevant social media posting, but stated that his actions sent a terrible message about what success means in the South Korean entertainment industry.
Joo Jin-mo and his agency have kept quiet about the content of the leaks, only referring to legal actions to be taken against the hacker, whose identity remains unknown. Jang Dong-gun, his wife Ko So-young, and their two children are currently on vacation in Hawaii, for which they departed on January 7th. This was the same day Joo Jin-mo's agency announced that the actor had been blackmailed. It is unclear whether the vacation and the hacking are connected.
Written by William Schwartz
Staff writer. Has been writing articles for HanCinema since 2012, having lived in South Korea since 2011. Started out in Gyeongju, then to Daegu, then to Ansan, then to Yeongju, then to Seoul, lived on the road for HanCinema's travel diaries series in the summer of 2016, and is currently settled in Anyang. Has good tips for utilizing South Korea's public bus system. William Schwartz can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org. He also has a substack at williamschwartz.substack.com where he discusses the South Korean film industry in broader terms and takes suggestions for future movies to review.
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