Samsung Group chairman Lee Kun Hee has landed in soup after the Korean news outlet, NewsTapa reported that the bedridden chairman has been paying for sex at home for years.
NewsTapa aired some video clips showing a group of sex workers entering Lee's home in southern Seoul. The dialogue between Lee and those women indicates that illegal sexual services were provided.
NewsTapa said those video clips were filmed over five different occasions between December 2011 and June 2013 at Lee's Samseong-dong residence and also at a secret rental home in Nonhyeon-dong.
According to the news outlet, each woman was paid around 5 million won (S$5,979) by Lee.
The report also reveal that Samsung borrowed the names of high-profile employees to support the chairman's illegal activities.
In response to this, Samsung Group issued a formal statement on July 22, saying that it has no comments regarding this as "it is a personal matter". The company also added that "it was regretful that such personal issues are causing a stir".
NewsTapa did not reveal the identity of those people who provided the videos. But it said there was proper evidence of two people blackmailing Samsung with the videos. Samsung said it had received threats and calls demanding money, but it did not respond to those.
Meanwhile, Samsung said the 74-year-old Lee has been bedridden since he collapsed from a heart attack in May 2014.