Friday, April 24, 2009

2 Indicted for Spreading Rumors About Late Actress

Prosecutors said Thursday they have indicted two Seoul residents without detention on charges of spreading false rumors that apparently led to the suicide of actress Choi Jin-sil in October last year, according to Yonhap News Agency.

The two - a 35-year-old male employee of a securities company and a 25-year-old unemployed woman - are accused of spreading allegations over the Internet holding Choi responsible for the September suicide of actor Ahn Jae-hwan by pressuring him to repay huge personal debts to her.

Choi, a fixture of Korean prime-time television dramas spanning more than two decades, killed herself at her southern Seoul apartment last October, prompting her family to claim her suicide was largely caused by the groundless online rumors.

The man is accused of receiving an Internet memo containing a rumor about Choi last September and relaying it to about 150 netizens, including the indicted woman who in turn posted the rumor on the bulletin board of her online community. The woman had also worked for a securities company in Seoul but quit after Choi's suicide.


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