When Jang Ja-yeon killed herself at her home earlier this month, she not only deprived South Korea of a wildly popular soap star. In a damning letter naming the men responsible for the distress that may have caused her to take her life aged 26, Jang heaped shame on the country's entertainment industry with allegations of sexual abuse and exploitation.
In the seven-page letter, written a week before her death, the star of Boys Over Flowers, South Korea's most avidly watched soap opera, chronicled the sexual and other favours she was expected to extend to progress in the cutthroat "Korean Wave" of TV and film.
[Her sexy/mean school-girl role was called 'Sunny']
After making her debut in a 2006 TV commercial, Jang cemented her fame as a vindictive schoolgirl in the soap, and was awaiting the release of her first two films when she died. Almost one million fans visited her website in the 48 hours after her death, on 7 March.
Her allegations, leaked to the media, have prompted an outcry and forced the police to investigate her relationships with several powerful men.
[Note black/white striped duality (often see this symbolism on fetish/sex stuff) on Jang; her last call to her sister before she died was at 3:30 by the way.]
The villain of the piece, according to South Korean reports, is her agent, Kim Sung-hoon, who is now in Japan following accusations he molested a male model. Jang reportedly claimed Kim had regularly beaten her and forced her to have sex with a string of VIPs, including directors, media executives and CEOs [the standard group of people who use these high-class sex-slaves (they don't have to be fully MK'd programmed slaves as I've said, this is just one level of MK/slavery in the entertainment industry) ACROSS THE WORLD, wake up]. She was also forced to serve and consume drinks and to act as an escort at golf matches, she wrote.
When police raided Kim's office, they discovered a shower and bed in a "secret room" on the third floor.
Kim has proclaimed his innocence, contesting that the letter was part of an attempt by Jang's former manager, Yoo Jang-ho, to ruin his business. Jang was reportedly in Yoo's office when she wrote the note [it's been confirmed as her hand-writing, obviously her former manager isn't going to be innocent but 'managers'/celebrity handlers just follow orders; I don't think it's too out there to think a few of them might feel guilty about the treatment of them and try to expose it like Yoo has done here], copies of which he passed to her family. Yoo is now in hospital recovering from a suicide attempt. [tried to kill him off?]
While the police investigate, the South Korean media has finally condemned the industry for the way it treats its most marketable - and usually female - talent. [it's the same everywhere]
Film and TV viewers are now wondering how big a part abuse and the demands of "slave contracts" played in a spate of celebrity suicides originally put down to the pressures of fame.
Jang's suicide, initially attributed to lingering depression over her parents' death in a car crash 10 years ago, is one of several among South Korean entertainers over the past year.
Three weeks after Jang's death, South Korea's huge online community is still buzzing. "Popseoul," who runs a celebrity gossip blog, said the actor's suicide was part of a "tragic trend".
"Exploitation and abuse is the dirty secret of the entertainment industry," [globally] she said, adding that many top celebrities, as former employees of seedy hostess clubs, were expected to continue "entertaining" producers and directors in their new careers [this couldn't be more true of Hollywood also in particular (and frankly everywhere else)].
"In many instances, the prospective star will meet the VIP alone, who hints at casting her, introducing her to another VIP or sponsoring her lavish lifestyle.
"It's just hushed up. It's part of the process of being a star."
A tragic end [I doubt any of these are actually suicides; or if they were, simple psychological pressure/outright MK self-destruct programming was employed (added wiki/story links in for convenience) and is still murder (police chiefs and the legal establishment have a vested interested in keeping these kinds of things covered up)]
Jang is one of seven South Korean celebrities to have killed themselves in the last six months. Ahn Jae-hwan, a 36-year-old actor, was reportedly mired in debt. Choi Jin-sil (right), 39, was worried she had pressured Ahn into suicide. Model Kim Ji-hoo, 23, was harassed on the net after coming out. Singer Lee Seo-hyun, 30, was also under attack on the net over sexuality. Actor Kim Suk-gyun, 30, was said to have been depressed. Transgender actor Jang Chae-won [sheesh], 26, left a suicide note online.
She looks like an average Hollywood star on the red carpet no? They look so perfect and content how could they be slaves?! Please check out this example from the Middle East for a slightly similar story showing how these 'stars' are used globally (America is just patently obvious; from Marilyn Monroe up to today). For more Korean MK check out the film "I'm a Cyborg But That's Okay." I posted on, and I go into Asia (mainly Japan) in a Paprika here.
And just to give you some idea of how these "management agencies" function (again this is globally organized by the 'elite' and has always been a part of their culture), link:
"Bundang police on Sunday raided the management company of the actress Jang Ja-yeon, who committed suicide two weeks ago after alleging the firm pimped her to several influential figures and threatened violence if she refused to have sex with them. Police said they raided a building the company used until December 2008 and confiscated 201 items such as computers and contracts with entertainers.
The fugitive head of the firm, identified as Kim, bought the building in Samseong-dong, southern Seoul, in August 2005, and used it as his office until October 2008. It had two stories at the time of purchase, but Kim added a floor and kitted it out as what looks like a brothel. The ground floor was used as a wine bar, the middle floor as office, and the top floor has a bedroom, shower and karaoke facilities, the police said.
Police suspect it was there that Jang was forced to serve drinks, act as an escort and have sex with media executives, CEOs, producers and politicians who would help boost her career."
[Edit: Thanks to commenter, mistakenly thought an image was of Jang Ja when it was of one of her fellow 'Boys Over Flowers' actresses Gook Ji Yun (central girl in red carpet image further up).]
Edit: Not strictly related but I thought this was kind of sad; Britney called her legal team on January 21st to ask them to remove her father's conservatorship (total control over all her affairs), source. Makes you realize how helpless she is under corporate slavery (shows how her kids are used as pawns by her handlers, at the present time her 'daddy'), please see previous Britney posts if you haven't.