South Korean actor/singer Lee Byung Hun received backlash after a video was released showing him getting close with another woman in the presence of his wife, Lee Min Jung. The 46-year-old actor was seen hugging a woman and kissing her on the cheek.
The incident happened in Hong Kong after the 2016 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA), where he was a presenter for an award. After watching the clip, fans were outraged at the actor's behavior.
However, Byung Hun's agency BH Entertainment addressed the incident. The statement read: "She [The lady] is currently a business woman who has known the actor for 20 years. She's an old friend who is also best friends with Lee Min Jung. We think that their closeness may have lead to a misunderstanding."
Meanwhile, Byung Hun, who is a well known actor in South Korea, talked about racism in Hollywood. He said: "I can't say who, but there are actors who wouldn't even look me in the eyes because I was Asian. I tried to [introduce myself] and shake their hands, but they would ignore me and walk past me. I couldn't shake their hands until we had finished filming the movie."
"Rather than feel sad, I felt really enraged. To them, I could just be the 'actor who couldn't speak English,'" he said. "Still, to confront them, there would be cultural and and linguistic barriers. Hollywood hasn't changed all that much."