Lee Jong Suk is safely on his way home.

It was previously reported that Lee Jong Suk and staff members were detained at an airport in Jakarta after his fan meeting due to promoter yes24 reporting lower profits than the actual amount to the Indonesian authorities. Lee Jong Suk and his staff’s passports were confiscated from the person in charge of them, reportedly because of this.

On November 6, Lee Jong Suk’s agency A-Man Project released a statement on their official Instagram account, giving an update on Lee Jong Suk’s current whereabouts and the situation at hand.

Their statement is as follows:

“Hello. This is A-Man Project. We caused concern to a lot of people because actor Lee Jong Suk’s departure was delayed immediately after the Indonesian fan meeting due to the agencies and local promoter yes24’s way of handling business. This was our first time experiencing something like this, so we were very startled. Instead of thinking about himself, the actor was very concerned that this may affect his drama’s filming schedule. Fortunately, he was able to depart thanks to the help of the Indonesian embassy and he is currently on a flight on his way home.

“We’re currently continuing to look into the cause of this incident, but the agencies and yes24’s explanations keep changing. First, we heard that the local representative of yes24 took the actor and staff’s passports without any reason and disappeared. A few hours later, the local representative was detained by Indonesian tax authorities because they did not pay taxes. Their explanation changed and they said that the passports of the actor and staff in the local representative’s possession were taken away during this process. A couple of hours later, a local media outlet also reported that yes24 had not applied for a short-term work permit and that a visa issue also occurred because of this. Each and every single thing is so unbelievable that we don’t know what other explanations and excuses they’ll come up with next.

“We plan to respond with firm legal action against the agencies and local promoter who caused this incident through law firm Yulchon (lawyer-in-charge Ahn Jung Hye) and all countermeasures hereafter will be conducted through the law firm. We will only embrace the love and support shown by the local fans. We apologize once again to the drama production company, all of the staff members, and to the public for causing concern. We, the agency and [Lee Jong Suk] will repay the interest and love all of you have shown the actor through more sincere promotions.”

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안녕하세요. 에이맨 프로젝트(A-man project)입니다. 당사 배우 이종석이 인도네시아 팬미팅 직후 기획사와 현지 프로모터 Yes 24의 업무 처리 때문에 귀국 일정이 지연되어 많은 분들께 심려를 끼쳤습니다. 이런 경우는 처음이라 당사도 몹시 당황하였습니다. 배우도 자신의 신변보다 혹시 드라마 촬영일정에 지장이 생기면 어떡하나 걱정하며 노심초사 계속 마음을 졸였습니다. 다행히 인도네시아 대사관의 도움으로 무사히 출국할 수 있게 되어 배우는 지금 항공편으로 귀국 중입니다. 이런 사태가 발생한 원인은 지금 당사에서도 계속 알아보고 있는데, 기획사와 Yes 24의 설명이 계속 바뀌고 있습니다. 처음에는 Yes 24 현지 대표가 아무런 이유 없이 배우와 스탭들의 여권을 가지고 잠적했다고 들었습니다. 몇 시간이 지나자 Yes 24가 세금을 납부하지 않아 현지 대표가 인도네시아 세무 당국에 억류되었고 그 과정에서 현지 대표가 소지하고 있던 배우와 스탭들의 여권까지 같이 압수되었다고 설명이 바뀌었습니다. 그리고 또 몇 시간이 지나니 현지 언론에서 Yes 24가 실수로 단기취업허가를 신청하지 않아서 비자 문제까지 발생한 것이라는 보도가 나왔습니다. 하나하나가 모두 기막힌 얘기 뿐이라 앞으로 무슨 설명과 변명이 더 나올지 모르겠습니다. 이번 사태를 초래한 기획사나 현지 프로모터에 대해서 당사는 법무법인 율촌(담당변호사 안정혜)을 통해 단호하게 법적인 대응을 할 계획이며, 향후 구체적인 대응방안은 모두 법무법인을 통하여 진행할 예정입니다. 당사와 배우는 현지 팬들이 보여주신 애정과 성원만 안고 가겠습니다. 이번 일로 심려를 끼쳐드린 드라마 제작사 및 모든 관계자와 걱정해주신 분들께 죄송하다는 말씀을 다시 한 번 전하며, 당사와 배우는 배우에게 보여주신 관심과 애정에 더욱 성실한 활동으로 보답하겠습니다.

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Lee Jong Suk will be starring in SBS’s upcoming drama “Death Song” which will air on November 27, December 3, and December 4 at 10 p.m. KST. He will also be appearing in tvN’s newest drama “Romance Supplement,” which will air in the first half of 2019.

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