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27 July


Two movie stars decide to talk about the actress' death

The tragedy occurred in 2013

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/NOVOSTIVL/ Two actresses, Lee Mi-sook and Song Seon-mi, are pressured to break their silence on Tuesday, a day after President Moon Jae-in singled out actress Jang Ja-yeon's death as one of three cases that need thorough reinvestigation to unearth the truth and bring justice. This article appeared in The Korea Times.

"There are cases where the truth was buried as investigators intentionally covered them up or didn't do their job properly. The public believes suspicions remain and there are numerous questions unanswered," Moon said on Monday. "Those cases have two things in common ― influential people are involved and the prosecution and the police intentionally didn't dig out the truth."

Moon mentioned two cold cases ― actress Jang's death and the 2013 sex scandal involving former Vice Justice Minister Kim Hak-eui ― plus the scandal around K-pop star Seungri's Burning Sun nightclub, as three exemplary cases that have left the public wanting more information.

After President Moon directed a thorough reinvestigation of the three cases, Lee and Song became the most-searched names on Naver, the nation's largest internet portal. The two stars are facing calls to share what they know about Jang's death.

Jang was found dead at her home in Seongnam, Gyeonggi Province, on March 7, 2009. The police concluded the actress committed suicide. Days after her death, a four-page note the actress allegedly wrote before she died was made public by the media.