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'Iris' Spawning Ugly Sequel

2009/12/24 Source

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Prodution Crew Member Files Complaint Against Kang Byung-kyu

By Cho Jae-hyon
Staff Reporter

KBS2 TV's action-packed "IRIS" finished its 20-episode first series last week, but is spawning an ugly sequel in the real world, with the production crew and TV personality Kang Byung-kyu filing complaints against each other for alleged assault.

A crew member for the production company, Taewon Entertainment, filed a counter-complaint Friday against Kang, alleging the baseball pitcher-turned-TV host and one of his colleagues assaulted him, Taewon said.

In the complaint, the employee, identified as Chun, claimed that he was beaten by Kang and another man during the scuffle at a shooting location last week and had two of his teeth broken and received injuries that will take five weeks to heal.

The brawl was related to the scandal involving Iris star Lee Byung-hun and his former girlfriend, Kwon, a former Canadian gymnast. Kang has been dragged into the scandal as rumors have circulated that he instigated Lee's ex-girlfriend to file a damages suit against the Iris hero.

Kang has said he is the victim not the instigator, filing a complaint with the police against Taewon's president for assault and abetting violence.

Kang says he visited the filming location on Dec. 14 to explain his position concerning the rumors and his involvement in the scandal but there he was beaten for 20-30 minutes by crew members and gangsters wielding baseball bats, sustaining injuries that will need three weeks to heal.

However, Taewon is denying the allegations. "At the location, a man in his early 50s, abetted by Kang, hit me in the face and legs more than 13 times", Chun said in the complaint. "Kang is distorting the truth and lying".

Police started to investigate the case on Dec. 17 after speculation surfaced that both Kang and Taewon Entertainment hired gangsters amid a standoff over the rumors that Kang has been behind the scandal surrounding Lee and Kwon.

Kwon filed a suit against Lee, claiming that he lured her into having sex under the pretense of marriage. Lee has also filed a complaint against Kwon for defamation.

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