Goo Ha-ra memorial for fans

A memorial for the late Goo Ha-ra, a K-pop diva and member of girl band KARA, is set up for her fans at Seoul St. Mary's Hospital in Seoul on Nov. 25, 2019, separately from one installed for her bereaved family members at another hospital. She was found dead at her home the previous day, with a high chance of suicide as the cause of death. 

K-pop star Sulli found dead: police

 South Korean singer-actress Sulli, who suffered from online abuse, was found dead at a residence south of Seoul on Monday, police said.

The body of the 25-year-old, whose legal name is Choi Jin-ri, was found by her agent at around 3:21 p.m. at a two-story house in Seongnam, Gyeonggi Province, according to police.

Police are investigating to determine the cause of her death on the assumption that she may have taken her own life.

A handwritten memo by her was found but police said it is not a suicide note.

Amid divorce row, actress Ku Hye-sun temporarily suspends show biz career

Actress Ku Hye-sun, engulfed in a widely publicized divorce row, announced Monday that she will temporarily suspend her show business career.

"Ku Hye-sun will halt her show business activities. She plans to resume her academic career at Sungkyunkwan University," an official at Liwu Law Group, representing the actress, told Yonhap News Agency.

The news came one day after Ku alluded to the departure on her Instagram account.

Police impose exit bans on ex-YG Entertainment chief, Seungri over alleged gambling

Yang Hyun-suk, former CEO of YG Entertainment, and Seungri, a former member of the company-managed K-pop boy band BIGBANG, have been slapped with an exit ban over allegations that they engaged in habitual gambling abroad and violated the foreign exchange law to secure gambling money, police officials said Tuesday.

The Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency has recently obtained an approval from the Ministry of Justice to ban Yang and Seungri from leaving the country after booking them on charges of habitual gambling and illegal foreign exchange transactions, according to the officials.

Actors Ku Hye-sun, Ahn Jae-hyeon may part ways after 3 years of marriage

Ku Hye-sun and Ahn Jae-hyun may be the second Korean top-star couple to divorce this year as their talent agency announced Sunday that they have decided to part ways after three years of marriage.

"Despite encouragements and anticipations from many people, the two actors have recently reached a point where they can no longer continue their marriage life due to various problems and decided to part ways after serious discussions," HB Entertainment said in a release.

Court approves divorce settlement for Song couple

A family court on Monday approved a divorce settlement for high-profile star couple Song Hye-kyo and Song Joong-ki, allowing them to get legally divorced.

The Seoul Family Court held a closed-door hearing over the divorce arrangement for the couple but did not provide details.

Last month, their legal representatives said the couple were taking legal steps to part ways, about two years after their marriage.

A-listers return to small screen after completing military service

A number of A-list actors are on their way back to the small screen to resume their rule of the show business world, having finished their mandatory military duty.

From early on, the year 2019 has seen a succession of young actors with massive selling power completing their mandatory national defense service of around two years.

Arguably the most notable is Kim Soo-hyun, whose roles in TV series such as "Moon Embracing the Sun" (2012) and "My Love from the Star" (2013), as well was the film "The Thieves" (2012), made him a household name.

Actor Lee Min-ho named as promotional envoy for Korean language education institutes

 The government said Tuesday it plans to designate South Korean actor Lee Min-ho next week as a promotional ambassador to promote overseas institutes, established by South Korea, that offer foreigners Korean language courses and Korean culture activities.

The culture ministry and the Seoul-based King Sejong Institute Foundation are scheduled to hold a ceremony in Seoul next Tuesday to mark the designation of Lee, an icon of "hallyu," or the Korean wave, as an envoy for the state-run King Sejong Institute.

Singer-actor Park Yoo-chun given suspended sentence for drug use

A local court sentenced Park Yoo-chun, an actor and former member of boy band JYJ, to 10 months in prison on Tuesday, suspended two years, for using an illegal drug.

Suwon District Court in the city of Suwon, south of Seoul, also ordered the disgraced entertainer to pay a fine of 1.4 million won (around US$1,203) and issued probation and treatment orders for him.

"Drug-related crimes should be harshly punished due to severe addiction and harmful effects on individuals and society," presiding judge Kim Doo-hong said in the ruling.

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