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Police to resume probe into scandal over actress' suicide

All Headlines 14:47 June 25, 2009

SEONGNAM, South Korea, June 25 (Yonhap) -- Police said Thursday they will resume their investigation into the recent suicide of a popular South Korean actress following the arrest in Japan of a key suspect in the case a day earlier.

Jang Ja-yeon, the 30-year-old actress, took her own life at her house in Bundang, south of Seoul, in early March, claiming in a suicide note that a former agent had forced her to provide sexual favors to several high-profile entertainment figures and journalists.

The agent, identified only by his surname Kim, had fled to Japan before the police investigation started and was arrested by Japanese police in Tokyo on Wednesday. Kim will soon be extradited to South Korea to face charges of threatening and coercing Jang, police said.

"When Kim is sent back to Korea, we will investigate all allegations related to the so-called 'Jang Ja-yeon list,'" Han Pung-hyeon, chief of Bundang Police Station, told a media briefing. "All 13 suspects (on the list) are subject to the probe that is set to resume."

His comments are in reference to a list of names that appeared on Jang's suicide note, including several media and entertainment industry heavyweights accused of soliciting sexual favors from the actress.

Police booked nine people including entertainment company officials and directors in April and wrapped up the probe without interrogating several individuals on the list, saying they had difficulty confirming the allegations without questioning Kim.

Kim is expected to be sent back to Seoul within three months, after a Japanese court orders his deportation, Han said.


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