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Man Arrested for Rigging Top Actress' Phone

2009/01/22 Source

Police in Seoul Thursday arrested a man that allegedly replicated a mobile phone used by top actress Jun Ji-hyun to allow her agency to track her communications, Yonhap News reported.

The 39-year-old man, identified by his surname Kim, was under investigation for reportedly reproducing Jeon's cell phone in November 2007. The cloned phone is believed to have been used by her agency, Sidus HQ, to eavesdrop on her conversations and text messages, according to the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency.

Sidus' contract with Jeon, 27, ends next month.

Kim, who runs an errand company which does everything from private investigative work to delivery and other routine jobs, was alleged to have helped Sidus HQ officials monitor phone records and text messages of the number used by Jeon, which was registered under her father's name, over 10 times in late November of 2007.

The suspect was apprehended Monday. Officials at Sidus HQ, one of the country's largest entertainment agencies, were questioned earlier and have confessed to ordering the suspect to clone the phone, according to police.

Police had initially planned to summon Sidus HQ's president later in the day but postponed the interrogation until next week at the request of the agency, which cited the upcoming Lunar New Year holiday.

Business insiders have said that Jeon was on bad terms with her agent for interfering in her personal life and was planning not to renew her contract with the firm. She signed with Sidus HQ during high school more than 10 years ago.

Jeon boasts enormous star power in South Korea and has also enjoyed popularity throughout Asia as a commercial model for big brands, including Coca Cola. Her big break came after her performance in the hit movie "My Sassy Girl".

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