Punishment terminator: Lee Byung-hun takes action to free two women convicted of blackmail

February 13, 2015
Lee Byung-hun (Yonhap)

Lee Byung-hun (Yonhap)

South Korean actor Lee Byung-hun, 44, who was embroiled in a blackmail scandal last year, submitted a request Friday asking the court to hold off punishment on the two convicted women involved in the scandal.

His agency, BH Entertainment, told Yonhap Lee sent the request through an attorney.

BH said Lee is repenting for his own mistakes and is doing his best for his family.

The women, Lee Ji-yeon, 24, and Da-hee, 20, were handed prison sentences by Seoul Central District Court last month for threatening to release a video of a sexually suggestive conversation held at the actor’s home.

Lee Byung-hun reported the women to police last August after they demanded $5 million in exchange for the video.

The actor is currently in the U.S. with his pregnant wife, actress Lee Min-jung, who is expected to deliver in April.