Actor Lee Young-ha has been accused of sexual harassment after being named by an alleged victim from 35 years ago. While the media is trying to procure a statement from the actor, the actor remains unavailable and deleted his Facebook account.
On March 18th, a news was released that an anonymous woman testified that the popular 80s actor in the sexually assaulted her 35 years ago. She was a former Miss Korea contestant who participated in the contest as a high schooler and debuted as an actress afterwards. She shared that after this incident with the actor, she left the industry. A few hours after the original news was aired, the actor in question was revealed to be Lee Young-ha.
The alleged victim shared that one day, she finished up a photoshoot with Lee Young-ha and was called to a hotel afterwards where she was assaulted. "He pushed me to the bed and forced himself on me. I remember crying "Please let me go, please, please". I was in a shock and couldn't even resist. I found bruises all over my body later on.
Afterward, whenever I'm around, he snickered with his fellow actors and I was mortified every day. I had to quit the drama I was in because of it".
She also showed a recent message shared between them to the news.
"When I messaged him, he replied, "It's been a long time! About 35 years or so? Let's meet up so I can treat you to a dinner and apologize. If you can give me a convenient time frame for you, I'll set it up". After reading that, I was so angry and couldn't reply. Then, he sent another message saying, "I really want to apologize sincerely. I'm so tired right now I can't even move". Which made me even more furious.
If I need to be considerate of how tired he is [after all that he's done to me], that is so unfair. I want to destroy him. More than me wanting to revenge or do something about it, the fact is that I can't erase that memory off from my head. I want a proper apology".
As Lee Young-ha continue to keep his silence, it was reported that he is unavailable for interviews because he is currently out of the country.
By. Lily Lee
Made in Korea, Raised in Hawaii, Living in Utah. She is an aspiring flight attendant who loves traveling as much as watching K-dramas. Historical romances are her favorite and she will forever be an IU fangirl. Lily Lee can be contacted via email@example.com.
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