How powerful do you think Lee soo man is and should this type of power be admired?

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  1. Haolat

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    Fans Dig Up The Time Lee Soo Man Was Wanted By Interpol on Corruption Charges


    Lee Soo Man had previously been on the Interpol wanted list for corruption charges.

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    Lee Soo Man has recently been in the spotlight for alleged embezzlement and suspicious internal transactions.
    In light of this controversy, netizens have rediscovered the incident when he was on the Interpol wanted list. In 2002, Lee Soo Man and Suh Se Won had allegedly fled the country after they became key suspects in an investigation on corruption in the entertainment business. Soon after, the Seoul District Public Prosecutor’s Office requested Interpol to put Lee Soo Man and Suh Se Won on the wanted list to bring them back and suspended their passports through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

    Lee Soo Man was put on the wanted list for charges of embezzling approximately $1 million USD from company funds and for bribery, and Suh Se Won for charges on bribing producers to promote his movies while he was managing Suh Se Won Production.
    As things got more serious, Lee Soo Man returned to Korea in May 2003 and was immediately arrested. He denied all accusations but the Public Prosecutor’s expressed their intentions to conduct a thorough investigation of his activities.
    Lee Soo Man completely denied all accusations while Suh Se Won admitted some of the allegations and apologized.

    To everyone’s surprise, he was eventually released in just one day.
    Despite months of searching for Lee Soo Man, he was apparently sent home early because SM lawyers had provided a large amount of proof denying all accusations. The results of trials in September 2004, however, proved him guilty and he was sentenced to two years in prison and three years of probation. This sentence was then delayed due to the fact that the company funds were transferred back into the company. Then in February 2007, Lee Soo Man was listed in the special pardon list for the 4th anniversary of President Roh Moo Hyun’s inauguration and ultimately pardoned. In 2012, SM Entertainment had also faced investigations for offshore tax evasion which they also denied. Rumors had it that the company had set up bank accounts in tax havens such as Hong Kong and have been sending earnings to these accounts. The company had allegedly evaded approximately $9 million USD in tax using these offshore accounts. Furthermore, near the end of 2017, the Justice Party of Gyeongsangnam-dodemanded the suspension and investigation of SM Entertainment’s Changwon Culture Complex Town for receiving various preferential treatments.
    “SM Town is full of illegalities, halt execution of all projects”
    “It has been revealed that the Changwon SMTown project has received various preferential favors and is a bad business. As a result, Changwon must halt all projects of ‘Changwon Artium City’, the project operators and consider resuming the project once the facts have been revealed through investigation.” ㅡ Gyeongsangnam-do Justice Party

    Netizens have been criticizing Lee Soo Man and SM Entertainment for all of the accusations they have managed to evade through various methods and special treatments.

    • “They really need to investigate SM thoroughly…their dark connections with producers in the music industry are really suspicious;;; Anyway, the company is really dirty”
    • “They’ve rotted so much that it’s only inevitable they get caught soon. I hope this puts an end to all of their corruption.”
    • “Something’s always fishy about things the Moon Administration supports~~SM took control of the Pyeongchang Olympics and then even the artists who visited North Korea…”
    This was 2002 - 2007.
    So do you think he has gained more power? or has his affluence and connections decreased?
    :whatr:
     
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    So he’s basically Seungri but with more connections?
     
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    Lee sooman is VERY powerful. Im sure he gets away with a lot of stuff. His face, especially his teeth. Give me the creeps.
     
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    he is not a pimp. SO no. He embezzled money from SM
     
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    Oh so basically YG but with more connections
     
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    Iol:angryr:
     
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    I don't know YG crimes fully so compare the two to decide
     
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    No literally he is smiling an im like: :confused:

    He seems like a kind man, but I feel that under that kidness lays a very manupilative person who takes advantage of his atists in a not very good way. Im saying this due to the fact that so many of them left.
     
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    money really gives you the permission to do anything in our world i guess...
     
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    Money and power makes the world rotate.
     
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    That case happend in 2002, I don't think it will hurt SM in 2019.

    In 2019 YG is in focus of investigations, that makes headlines!

    Perhaps in 2020 JYP comes in the headlines of news papers, but we will see.
     
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    Lemme check my scouter...

    It says power level over 9000 :eek:
     
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    Very powerful.
     
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    I think he seriously is some next-level powerful... seriously, when the president of your country back then forgives you after embezzling and being given a few years in jail, then you know how influential he is and the amount of connections and money Lee Soo Man must have...
    And now basically doing the same "stealing" a lot of SM money to a company he 100% owns. His power and his impact on a now huge industry like Kpop is to be admired, but the man himself is no doubt shady af and hungry for even more power and money, even though is one of those "shady businessmen" that are difficult to hate or dislike for how he seems to care about his artists and being like a "father figure" to a lot of them. If you didn't know his background, for me at least he seriously seems like a really decent and caring man, but again, his ethics when it comes to business...
     
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    YG is superior :)
     
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    the power of all exo members combined
     
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    He's very powerful. He can make anybody Korea's most loved celebrity or he can break their careers. I wouldn't mess with him.
     

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