OccupationActressDiedMarch 7, 2009, BundangRoleActressNameJang Ja-yeonYearsactive2006–2009EducationChosun University
Jang Ja-yeon (Hangul:장자연; 25 January 1980 – 7 March 2009) was a South Korean actress. At the time of her death at the age of 29, Jang had been starring in the KBS television drama series Boys Over Flowers. She had been suffering from depression, và a police investigation concluded that her death was a suicide.

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Her death caused a national scandal when it emerged that she had been sexually and physically abused by a number of prominent entertainment executives during her career, and that this abuse had contributed to her depression.




Jang made her debut in 2006 in a television commercial. Her big break came in Boys Over Flowers playing the role of Sunny, one of a trio of girls who antagonise the female lead played by Ku Hye-sun. At the time of her death, Jang was awaiting the release of her first two films, They Are Coming and Penthouse Elephant.


Jang was known to lớn have had difficulties with her management agency. In her seven-page suicide note, the actress alleged her management regularly beat her & demanded she submit to lớn ongoing sexual exploitation with industry professionals & cultural elites, naming almost two dozen executives.

Personal life

Since the death of her parents in a traffic accident in 1999, Jang had been living with her older sister and younger brother. Prior khổng lồ her own death, Jang had been suffering from clinical depression and had received medical treatment for her illness during the past year.

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Death & subsequent scandal

Jang Ja-yeon was found hung at her trang chủ in the Bundang district of Seongnam, Gyeonggi province, on 7 March 2009. During a phone hotline at 3:30p.m. That afternoon, Jang had complained khổng lồ her sister about the "overwhelming stress" she was under, saying that she "wanted lớn die". Having later been unable to lớn reach her on the phone, Jang"s sister returned khổng lồ their shared home at 7:42p.m. To lớn find her body toàn thân hanging from the stairway banister.

A police investigation concluded that her death was a suicide, and found no evidence of foul play. Jang is believed to have killed herself at around 4:30p.m. An alleged suicide chú ý left by Jang describes how she was beaten và forced khổng lồ entertain and have sex with several program directors, CEOs and truyền thông executives, causing considerable debate about relations in the entertainment industry, as well as a police probe into her management agency.

According khổng lồ South Korean reports, Jang claimed that her agent Kim Sung-hoon had regularly beaten her và forced her to lớn have sex with a string of VIPs, including directors, truyền thông executives & CEOs. Kim Sung-hoon, who was in Japan, denied the accusations. Jang left a 7-page chú ý listing at least 31 names of truyền thông executives, CEOs, và directors that she claimed she was forced into having sex with. South Korean police have suppressed the full list. Mạng internet users later uncovered a partial list of the 31 people involved, including Bang sang Hoon, CEO of The Chosun Ilbo daily; Vice-President of Sports Chosun, Bang Myung-Hoon; JoongAng Ilbo ("Central Journal")"s Director of Advertising, Lee Jae Young; Chairman of Kolon, Lee Woong Ryeol; Chairman of Lotte, Shin Kyuk Ho; former KBS PD, CEO of Olive 9, Go Dae Hwa; producer of KBS’s Geumji Ok Yeob, Jun Chang Geun; producer for KBS, MBC, SBS, Jung Seho; producer for KBS’s Boys Over Flowers, Jun Gi Sang; và Broadcasting/Music producer of Playful Kiss, Boys Over Flowers, Perfect Couple and Goong, song Byung Joon. The Chosun Ilbo later issued a statement saying that it was not their current CEO, Bang lịch sự Hoon, but their former CEO, whose name has not been revealed.

The former manager of Jang"s management agency, Kim Sung-hoon, was arrested in Tokyo, japan in June 2009 for overstaying his visa. Korean police requested Kim"s extradition on a warrant related lớn Jang"s death. Kim at the time of his arrest stated that he "committed a crime in South Korea and overstayed in japan to avoid being arrested." Twenty figures were investigated by the police, resulting in seven prosecutions. Kim was sentenced to one year in jail, two years of probation and 160 hours of community service.

Approximately 250,000 fans visited Jang"s website on the day of her death to express their condolences, with a further 700,000 the following day, while the entire cast of Boys Over Flowers paid their last respects at the mourning hall mix up at the Seoul National University Hospital in Bundang. Jang"s funeral was held there on 9 March, and was attended by family, friends và fellow actors, including Boys Over Flowers lead Ku Hye-sun. Her cremated remains were buried next to lớn her parents in Jeongeup, North Jeolla province.

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