|Director Na Young-seok and actress Jung Yu-mi filed a complaint against those who allegedly spread infidelity rumors about them. Yonhap|
By Dong Sun-hwa
Ten people were booked for allegedly insulting actress Jung Yu-mi and director Na Young-seok and for spreading infidelity rumors about them in October, police said Tuesday.
Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency booked three of them for creating the rumor and six for posting it on their blogs or internet communities. The remaining person was caught leaving a malicious comment on the article about Jung and Na.
They were found to be writers, a nurse, an IT worker and the unemployed.
Police sent the case to the prosecution, seeking to indict only nine of them. One person was excluded for not being among those who started the rumor.
The adultery rumor began circulating on KaKao Talk, a popular Korean messenger app, on Oct. 17.
The alleged rumormongers spread the gossip to their acquaintances after hearing about it from some TV writers, police said. It was later disseminated to the "Open Chat Room" of KaKao Talk, in which random groups of people chat together.
Jung and Na denied the rumor and filed a complaint against the disseminators two days later for alleged defamation and insult.
One of the alleged rumor starters told police she merely delivered the gossip to her friends without anticipating that the issue would blow up.
"Despite not being rumor starters, disseminators can still be punished if they forward the contents that defame or insult other people via networks," a police official said.