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Lee Sang-min denies controversy

July 25,2019
Entertainer Lee Sang-min, a member of the co-ed vocal group Roo’ra, has been swept up in a midst of controversy since Tuesday evening when a plaintiff filed a suit against the celebrity for swindling 1.27 billion won ($1.1 million) from them. Lee’s agency, Dmost Entertainment, released a statement denying all of the accusations on Wednesday.

According to the plaintiff, known as A, Lee took 400 million won from him under the pretense of introducing him to a way to borrow 4.5 billion won. But A argues that the loan wasn’t achieved in the end. Then Lee took another 870 million won as a promotion fee for A’s company products to feature in his variety programs.

“The contents of the lawsuit that’s being reported through the media is completely irrelevant to the truth,” Lee wrote on social media on Tuesday. “I will also file a countersuit against A for defamation and do whatever legal means possible to prove my innocence.”

Lee’s agency released an official statement on Wednesday, saying that Lee has been under contract with two companies to promote their products. The agency said that Lee has followed all of the conditions suggested by the brands.

“It’s Lee who is suffering damages from the previous deals as he still had not received all of the performance fees for his promotions,” the agency reported. “We have all the written documents to prove our argument.”

The agency also denied the plaintiff’s claim that Lee has found a way to borrow a large sum of loan when Lee has been steadily paying off his debts since 2006.

“We believe that all of the arguments made by the plaintiff are false,” the agency emphasized. “We are planning to take firm legal stance against the plaintiff for abusing Lee’s position as a well-known celebrity to spread false rumors about him.”

By Lee Jae-lim