On November 10, 2022, agents from the National Police Agency raided the offices of Park Min-young’s Hook Entertainment agency in Chungdam for reasons not yet disclosed to the public.
The raid reportedly began at 12 p.m. and ended at 5 p.m. It’s unusual for federal agents to raid entertainment agency offices, and K-drama fans suspect the raid may have been traced to company owner Kang Jong-hyun, who was said to be Park Min-young’s former lover.
Dispatch previously reported that Park Min-young and Kang Jong-hyun were in a long-term relationship. After Min-young’s contract with her previous agency, Namoo Actors, expired, the actress signed with Hook Entertainment, which is owned by Kang Jong-hyun, reportedly at his urging.
Three businesses, all owned by Park Min-young’s ex-boyfriend, have been raided by authorities
According to a report by SBS, three companies, including Hook Entertainment, were involved in the raid conducted by the National Police Agency. All three have a connection to Kang Jong-hyun, who is known to be Park Min-young’s former boyfriend.
While many netizens speculated that the Hook Entertainment heist was due to Kang Jong-hyun’s involvement in the company, SBS reported that it had more to do with internal management issues, according to people with connections in the entertainment industry.
The crackdown comes on the heels of the travel ban imposed on Kang Jong-hyun on October 27 when an attorney general detained him as a person of interest in an alleged embezzlement case.
In short, via the Dispatch exposé about Park Min-young’s ex
In September this year, Dispatch published an in-depth report on Park Min-young and Kang Jong-hyun’s long relationship. Besides the relationship, the synopsis also revealed Kang Jong-hyun’s numerous dealings.
Kang Jong-hyun, the president of several companies including Bithumb, Vident, Inbiogen and Bucket Studio, made headlines for embezzling funds and financial corruption. It was revealed that he uses borrowed name accounts to run his businesses and uses company funds for personal leisure.
He was also charged with fraud and forgery of private documents in 2013-14 and again in 2014-15 for borrowing more money than required. In 2016, he was again charged with fraud.
Dispatch originally followed Kang Jong-hyun for two months when they found out he was in a relationship with him love in contract Actress.
After her exclusive contract with Namoo Actors ended on December 29, 2021, she announced that she was looking for a new management company.
On December 30, 2021, she quickly signed with Hook Entertainment, a subsidiary of Chorokbaem Media run by Won Young-shik. Kang Jong-hyun has ties to Hook Entertainment and is believed to have influenced her decision to join the agency.
Park Min-young’s agency has not yet commented
Hook Entertainment has revealed that the your private life The actress split from Kang Jong-hyun after reports of their affair and his shady past came under the spotlight.
They also denied her or her older sister’s involvement in Kang Jong-hyun’s financial affairs. Min-young’s older sister is an outside director of INBIOGEN, one of the companies listed on Kang Jong-hyun’s business card, of which he is the chairman.
At the time of the article’s publication, Hook Entertainment had not issued a statement regarding the raid.