Lee Min-ho

Actor Lee Min-ho [Starhaus Entertainment]

Actor Lee Min-ho’s agency has denied a report saying the star gambled at a casino overseas, an act that is illegal for all Korean nationals.

On Monday, local media outlet The Kyunghyang Shinmun picked up photographs that Chinese fans of his took while visiting Queensland in New Zealand and put them up on their Weibo account, showing what looked like Lee sitting at gambling tables.

While his rep at Starhaus Entertainment acknowledged the fact that the man in the photos were indeed Lee, he denied his involvement in the actual act of gambling.

“Lee stopped by a local entertainment venue with the staff he worked with for a shoot he recently did in New Zealand but the report that said he gambled is not true,” the official said.

He then explained, “The venue was not an official casino but a small entertainment venue run by a cafe in the neighborhood. It’s a legal space for entertainment that even people of that neighborhood go to casually – it has nothing to do with illegal gambling.”

Lee, 26, has been one of the most popular Korean celebrities in Asia since starring in “Boys Over Flowers” in 2009 and most recently solidified his status as a top Hallyu star through drama “The Inheritors” co-starring actress Park Shin-hye.

Reporter. Jang Seo-yoon
Translator. Jessica Kim

Courtesy of Starhaus Entertainment