Ex-Announcer Tops Internet News

2007-11-18 : 17:38

By Park Si-soo
Staff Reporter

Former KBS announcer Roh Hyun-jung topped the nation's No. 1 search engine Naver's most searched word list last week. A local media outlet reported Tuesday that Roh had divorced her husband Chung Dae-sun, a board member of BNG Steel, a subsidiary of Hyundai Motors, last July.

The couple filed a lawsuit on Friday against the local paper, its managing editor and a reporter in charge of the story for printing false reports about their private life. The couple alleged that the reports were libelous and hurt their reputation and friends as well as themselves. But the reporter said information regarding the divorce was provided by reliable sources close to the couple. The couple said they are considering suing other media that handled the news.

Uzbek fashion model Abdullaeva Djamilya, who features on a local TV program, was second on the list. She won huge popularity for her appearance in a TV entertainment show aired Monday. Following the program, numerous Internet users asked questions about her life in Korea. In the program, Djamilya alleged only one month had passed since she arrived in Seoul while many Internet users said she has been here since 2003, serving as a fashion model for a local home shopping channel.

Coming in third was K-pop singer Ivy. Threatened by her former boyfriend alleging that he had a video clip showing the private life of the two, she stopped appearing on TV after the news went public at the end of last month. The prosecution is now investigating the case.

Enjoying high popularity at home and abroad especially in Japan due to its leading actor Bae Yong-joon, the epic ``Taewangsasingi'' (The Four Guardian Gods of the King) came in fourth.

Reportedly, Bae was injured in early November while shooting the soup opera. Despite the injury, he continued performing while relying on painkillers and will undergo surgery in the near future. The story of his injury was also reported on Friday by several Japanese papers including Yomiuri and Sankei Shimbun.

Entertainer Haha's blog took the sixth place. He posted a series of photos showing his newly decorated house on the blog, Wednesday. The Internet Web site once shut down due to the huge number of people attempting to see the photos.

Phenomenal R&B artist Beyonce Knowles came in eighth on the list. She visited Seoul on Nov. 8 for two concerts, a part of her world tour titled ``The Beyonce Experience 2007.'' She performed two concerts together with her musical squad made up of 80 staff members and then left for Taiwan on Nov. 11 to continue her world tour.

Female actress Ok So-ri came in tenth. Her husband Park Chul accused her of commiting adultery earlier this month. Park reportedly handed in a video clip proving his wife's extramarital affair, to police this week. Ok underwent cross-examination with her husband on Nov. 8 at Ilsan police station in Gyeonggi Province.

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