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<p class=Oscar-winning director of 'Parasite' Bong Joon-ho calls for thorough investigation into death of actor Lee Sun-kyun.

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The Oscar-winning director of the film Parasite, Bong Joon-ho, and other South Korean artists have called for a thorough investigation into the death of popular actor Lee Sun-kyun, who played the head of a wealthy family in this satirical feature film.

Lee, 48, was found dead on December 27, after an intense week-long police investigation about his alleged drug use. His death appeared to be a suicide.

In a nationally televised news conference Friday, Bong and other artists, literati, performers and production people questioned why the police had summoned Lee repeatedly in the presence of television cameras and whether she inappropriately disclosed information about the investigation to the media.

These people also questioned whether the media had published overly sensationalized reports about Lee's private life, unrelated to the drug investigation.

We urge relevant officials to fully investigate whether there were any issues with [information] security in the context of the police investigation, they said in a statement. They noted that Lee had suffered serious defamation before his death and called for a review of laws to protect human rights in criminal investigations.

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Police were investigating allegations that Lee used illegal drugs at the home of a bar hostess. The actor insisted he was tricked into taking the drugs and didn't know what they were.

The investigation resulted in widespread media coverage about Lee in newspapers and unconfirmed online rumors about his private life. The latter filed a complaint against two people, including the hostess, alleging that they had blackmailed him.

< em>Parasitewon the Academy Award for Best Picture and three other awards in 2020. It is the first non-English-language feature film to win this award in the history of the Academy Awards and the first South Korean film to win an Oscar.

Lee, who has long been a popular actor in South Korea, was nominated for Best Actor at the International Emmy Awards for his performance in sci-fi thrillerDr. Brainlast year.

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