Oscar-winning “Parasite” director Bong Joon-ho and other South Korean stars on Friday called for an investigation into the behavior of police and media in the days before the death of actor Lee Sun-kyun.
“We urge authorities to conduct a thorough investigation to determine whether there were security lapses in the police investigation,” Bong said Friday at a news conference attended by South Korean filmmakers and industry figures.
He added that authorities should examine “whether the unauthorized disclosures” came from police officers involved in the investigation who communicated inappropriately with the media.
Bong Joon-ho was reading a statement signed by about 30 organizations in South Korea’s entertainment industry, including film festivals, actors’ unions and the local screenwriters’ guild.
Famous around the world for his role in “Parasite”, Lee Sun-kyun, 48, was found dead in a car in Seoul last month while he was the subject of an investigation opened in October by authorities for alleged cannabis use. . and other psychotropic drugs.
Following his death, police were suspected of being behind the leak of confidential documents, prompting frenzied media coverage and a wave of damaging content on social media.
Once praised for his clean image, Lee saw his reputation tarnished by the investigation targeting him when it became public.
In a country that is very strict in this matter, this scandal deprived him of advertising contracts and appearances on television and film, with a deficit estimated at ten billion won (7 million euros) by the South Korean press.
Bong Joon-ho and others called for stricter legislation to better protect artists and entertainment professionals, and urged the media to behave better in the future.
They especially singled out the South Korean national channel KBS for its coverage of the matter. In November, KBS released audio recordings purported to be Lee Sun-kyun’s private phone conversations.