Lee Sun Kyun is known for his hot-tempered yet fundamentally warm-hearted personality, always looking out for those around him. On set, he’s recognized as a consummate professional, committed to flawlessly completing any task at hand.
But when the police disclosed ongoing investigations into Lee Sun Kyun’s alleged drug use on the 19th, not only the public but also his close acquaintances were visibly shell-shocked. Most insiders mumbled, “He didn’t seem like the kind of person to do such a thing.”
Director A, known for his close rapport with Lee, told Sports Seoul in a phone interview on the 23rd, “We spoke just a few days before the scandal broke. He exhibited no unusual behavior and carried on a humorous conversation as usual. I can’t wrap my head around what’s happening. He likes to drink, but he’s not someone to break the law. I’m seriously concerned and scared for him.”
Actor B, a close colleague, noted, “We spoke just a few days ago. We even worked out and prepared for shooting together. He looked perfectly healthy.” They added, “I’ve known him for a long time. He’s not someone to dabble in drugs. Although it’s purely speculative, I don’t think this is the kind of addiction we all think it is. He’s a very strong-willed man, so I’m shocked.”
Production company CEO C took a more cautious stance. “Given the nature of the case, I haven’t been able to talk to him yet,” C said. “Those who know him are aware that he has a very macho personality. If he’s done something wrong, he’s the type to admit it right away,” he continued, “Seeing that there’s talk of blackmail coming from his agency, it makes me wonder if he’s entangled in some complicated affair. It’s not my place to speak without knowing all the details, but he’s always been deeply devoted to his family and hasn’t displayed any unusual behavior.”
Another production company CEO D, who recently collaborated with Lee, praised him, “He had a great attitude on set until very recently. I can’t easily link him with drugs. It’s too early to conclude anything, but it feels like there’s more to the story.”
Management company CEO E, who occasionally shares a drink with Lee, was equally puzzled. “We sometimes have a drink, usually in casual settings like a tent bar or at home. He’s a cautious person and doesn’t behave recklessly. I’m really puzzled about how he got tangled in something like this,” he stated, expressing his cautious observation of the situation.
As Lee Sun Kyun finds himself at the crossroads of public opinion and legal scrutiny, those who know him best remain in disbelief, awaiting further developments with bated breath.