Death of ‘Parasite’ actor sparks backlash against law enforcement and news outlets

The funeral of South Korean actor Lee Sun-kyun, who was found dead this week, has drawn criticism of the police investigation and media coverage surrounding his suspected drug use, according to AFP. Lee, known for his role in the Oscar-winning film “Parasite”, was dropped from various projects after authorities launched an investigation into his alleged drug use in October. His death prompted criticism of the media and police, who questioned him for 19 hours a few days before his death. The funeral was attended by Lee’s family, friends, and colleagues in the entertainment industry, and various entertainment events in South Korea were canceled to allow people to offer condolences. Seoul’s Gangnam district, where Lee was suspected of using illicit drugs at a high-end bar, has been at the center of a series of high-profile drug scandals. This includes a 2018 date-rape scandal at the Burning Sun nightclub, then run by convicted K-pop star Seungri, which involved the use of ketamine, the same drug that Lee was accused of taking.

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