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[HanCinema's News] Three Persons Taken into Custody Over "The King of Tears, Lee Bang Won" Incident

On February 3rd, police in the Yeongdeungpo District of Seoul confirmed that this past January 25th, three crew members of "The King of Tears, Lee Bang Won" had been taken into police custody. The news follows up on "The King of Tears, Lee Bang Won" being accused of animal cruelty last year. In the seventh episode of that drama, broadcast on January 1st of 2022, a horse can be seen taking an awful fall.


However, this was no mere stuntwork. According to Seoul police, on the day this episode was filmed, November 2nd of 2021, the horse in question had its front legs tied together in order to make it crash into the ground in such a way, and the animal did not receive appropriate medical treatment afterwards to help it recover from these injuries. These violations of the Animal Protection Act were rumored and protested at the time, although the exact details were not known until the police report.

The horse died on November 7th of 2021. KBS apologized for the incident last year and claimed to take full responsibility, but it would seem that Seoul police were not satisfied that the pain caused to the horse was negligent rather than intentional. A fifty-seven year old producer was among those charged, and appears to be the person Seoul police believe was most responsible for the incident.

Written by William Schwartz


"The King of Tears, Lee Bang Won" is directed by Kim Hyeong-il, Shim Jae-hyun-I, written by Lee Jeong-woo-III, and features Joo Sang-wook, Kim Young-chul, Park Jin-hee, Ye Ji-won, Nam Sung-jin, Kim Kyu-chul. Broadcasting information in Korea: 2021/12/11~2022/05/01, Sat, Sun 21:40 on KBS.

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