Merry Lee, who has announced that she will be exposing high-level sexual harassers, has revealed that she was visited by an influential person who tried to bribe her.
On March 26, Merry Lee, who is currently residing in Qatar, stated in an interview that she was touched by Yoon Ji Oh‘s courageous efforts in relation to Prosecutor Seo Ji Hyeon and Jang Ja Yeon‘s case. She also revealed the fear and shame she also had to deal with for the past 7 years and stated that she plans to fight it this time.
Merry stated two instances where she was treated unreasonably. The first was in 2011 when she was filming the drama The New Tales of Gisaeng. During the filming, she suffered an injury that created tens of thousands of dollars in treatment bills. However, she was not properly compensated for these bills and moreover, was threatened and pressured during the process of fighting it.
The second was when she was a graduate student at a certain Korean university. She claims that she was harmed by the inappropriate behavior of socially-influential people.
The content was written in a post that she uploaded onto her Facebook, which has since been thought to be deleted. However, she explained that she did not delete the post and simply changed the setting to private. She also claimed that an influential person came to see her and offered her a bribe before even suggesting an apology.
After I suggested the issues, an influential person came to me and said, ‘I’ll give you 30 million KRW ($26,400 USD) if you don’t reveal (your story).’ In my position, an apology should be first but (the person) delivered it as a threat so I just left.
ㅡ Merry Lee
Since appearing on The New Tales of Gisaeng in 2011, Merry Lee was unable to continue her entertainment activities normally. It is speculated that this was a result of her getting on the bad side of high-level broadcasting personnel after she raised the issue during the filming of the drama.
Meanwhile, Lee plans to hold a press conference in early April with the help of The Citizen’s Movement. She concluded that with the revelation of these facts, she hopes to be able to receive a sincere apology.