A number of female celebrities were accused of attending a birthday party held by a famous fashion celebrity in Itaewon on May 9, after the Itaewon club cases occurred.
According to an exclusive report from Sports Kyunghyang, fashion celebrity “K” held a birthday party on May 9, and was attended by actress Lee Min Jung, former After School member Lee Jooyeon, T-ARA‘s Hyomin, former Olympian Son Yeon Jae, actress Kim Hee Jung, and IMVELY CEO Im Ji Hyun.
Many of “K’s” celebrity connections were in attendance, but none of them were seen wearing a mask or participating in social distancing measures. In addition, the location of the party was a concern, as according to Sports Kyunghyang, the location of the cafe where the party was held was only 700 meters away from the Itaewon bar where the 97-liners visited.
May 9 comes after the 66th case of Coronavirus in Yongin visited a number of Itaewon clubs, sparking fear that a second wave of new cases could occur in Seoul. Furthermore, some of the celebrities who attended, such as Lee Min Jung and Hyomin, also participated in the “Thanks to Challenge”, thanking medical workers for their hard work during the ongoing pandemic.
View this post on Instagram
안녕하세요! 효민입니다. #소녀시대유리(@yulyulk)의 릴레이를 이어받아 #덕분에챌린지 에 동참하게 되었습니다! 코로나 19로 전세계가 지치고 힘든 요즘 의료진 여러분 덕분에 안전하게 잘 지내고 있습니다. 의료진 여러분 #감사합니다 의료진 여러분 #덕분입니다 의료진 여러분 #응원합니다 저의 응원을 이어 받아주실 사랑스러운 세 분은 #정채연(@j_chaeyeoni)#하니(@ahnhani_92)#김희정(@kimheebibi) 입니다. 함께 해주셔서 정말정말 감사합니다! 이 글을 보고 계신 모든 분들 힘내세요🤍 #덕분에챌린지 #덕분에캠페인 #의료진덕분에 #오늘도#덕분에#감사합니다🙏🏻
View this post on Instagram
#덕분에첼린지 #의료진덕분에 정말 힘들었던 시간들 #당신들덕분에 그리고 대한민국 국민들 하나하나 덕분에…… 점점 더 나아지고 있습니다. 모두 수고 많으셨습니다….. 앞으로도 조금만 더 힘을내봐요!!! 감사합니다!!! @mermaidleejh 이정현언니의 지목을 받았습니다!! 손예진씨 @yejinhand 이병헌씨 @byunghun0712 같이 드라마하고있는 알렉스씨 @alexfromsunday
Another potential controversy is that an alpaca was in attendance at the party. According to animal experts, alpacas feel extreme stress when they are exposed to crowded, noisy places.
In response to the report, Lee Min Jung’s agency, MS Team Entertainment, confirmed she briefly attended, but also revealed it was in Cheongdam-dong, not Itaewon.
It is not true that Lee Min Jung participated in an Itaewon birthday party.
She went to Cheongdam-dong to send gifts for her close friend’s birthday. She just showed her face and took a commemorative photo before leaving. It’s not true she participated in an Itaewon party.
— MS Team Entertainment
Son Yeon Jae’s agency, Leaf Studio, also relayed the same position.
The location of the party was in Cheongdam-dong, not Itaewon.
Son Yeon Jae attended to congratulate and greet her friend from her former agency, as it was her birthday. She gave her presents, and didn’t stay at the party longer than 30 minutes.
— Leaf Studio