Representatives of International NGO Plan Korea clarified on behalf of actress ‘A,’ Lee Mi Yeon, who is currently under controversy for her bad attitude on a children’s rights campaign in Nepal last January.
On the 5th, Chosun Journal released an article titled “The Lights and Shadows of Celebrity Charity Work,” detailing an actress with irresponsible actions such as asking for sushi and bathing in mineral water while working with charity.
Park Jaehong, department head of Plan Korea, spoke in an interview with Star News and angrily expressed, “I think it’s easy for everyone to completely kill the career of one person like this. If such claims actually happened, I don’t think even I would have stayed calm about it.” Park Jaehong accompanied the actress on her 4 night 5 day stay.
According to Park, she arrived at Nepal on the 18th of January with her stylist and managers along with three staff members of a fashion magazine. “She arrived on Monday at the capital, Kathmandu, and moved to Sun sari. She rested for a day and participated in the campaign on Tuesday and Wednesday. On Thursday, she returned to Kathmandu and rested a day and returned to Korea Friday morning.”
He went on to point out the difference in her stay, “‘A’ did not go there to do charity work. She was there to shoot a fashion spread with the campaign as its topic. There was no need for ‘A’ to play with the children at all. She visited a rescue location for female children that were sold as dowries and suffered from sexual abuse. ‘A’ decided to join the campaign in order to fight for their rights.”
When asked whether she made excessive requests, Park replied, “It’s considered a first class hotel but it doesn’t even have most of the facilities of lower end Korean hotels. It costs $30 to stay. I read that she made a request for sushi but even a 3 year old in the area knows that it’s impossible to find such food.”
When asked about her bathing in mineral water, he clarified, “I don’t think it’s necessarily a bad thing that an actress bathes to protect her skin even in a country like Africa where water is scarce. Regardless, Nepal has the Himalayan River so the water is clean and bountiful. She wouldn’t have needed to.”
Regarding her business class seats, Park went on to clarify, “For overseas charity work, we don’t converse directly with the celebrity in question. It’s between their agency and the broadcast company. Agencies have a tendency to want to give special treatment to their stars. It’s not only ‘A’ but other stars as well that request for business class seats. Unfortunately, we didn’t have the funds to pay for it so we almost couldn’t fulfill her request but she was automatically upgraded when all of the planes to Nepal became full. Out of her team, about five were upgraded to business. The upgrades cost about $1,200 per person.”
Source: Star News