Jun Ji-hyun investigated by financial watchdog in Jan

최종수정 2011.04.07 15:51기사입력 2011.04.07 13:53

Jun Ji-hyun [10Asia]

Actress Jun Ji-hyun is belatedly found to have been investigated by Korea's financial watchdog early this year regarding a bank account of hers that was used to pocket profits from a merger and acquisition.

The Financial Services Commission (FSC) said Wednesday that Jung Hoon-tak, chief of entertainment firm IHQ which is the mother company of Jun's former management agency SidusHQ, allegedly made 200 million won after purchasing a stake in the junior KOSDAQ-listed Stom E&F in 2009 with an account under Jun's name and announcing through a public filing several months later that he would buy Stom E&F.

The FSC investigated Jun in January but she testified that she had not even been aware of such an account existing under her name and Jung and Stom E&F's former CEO Kwon Seung-shik were reported for gaining unfair profits by leaking information on the M&A beforehand.

Just yesterday, the case was assigned to the financial taxation department of the Seoul Central Prosecutors' Office.

This is not the first time Jun has been connected to an unsavory incident with IHQ -- in the summer of 2009, Jung's brother who was formerly an advisor to IHQ and an employee at the company, received suspended jail terms for duplicating the actress's mobile phone which they used to spy on her personal life.

Jun left SidusHQ in August of last year, after 13 years with the agency, and set up her own firm under the name J & Co Entertainment.

Jun Ji-hyun, whose English name is Gianna Jun, became a household name after starring in the 2001 hit film "My Sassy Girl" which spawned a Hollywood remake. She made her international debut in 2009 in the film "Blood: The Last Vampire."

She has shot a new Hollywood film titled "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan," based on a novel written by Chinese-American writer Lisa See, which is set for release in the United States on July 15.

Australian actor Hugh Jackman and Chinese actress Vivian Wu will star in the film telling of a 19th century China-based lifelong friendship between two girls who develop their own secret code to contend with rigid cultural norms imposed on women.

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