Lee Seo-won

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Lee Seo-won
Lee Seo-won KBS View Interview.png
In November 2016
Born (1997-02-17) February 17, 1997 (age 21)
Gunsan, North Jeolla Province, South Korea
Education Sejong University
Occupation Actor
Years active 2015–2018
Agent Blossom Entertainment
Korean name
Revised Romanization I Seo-won
McCune–Reischauer Yi Sŏ-wŏn

Lee Seo-won (born February 17, 1997) is a South Korean actor.[1][2] He debuted in JTBC television series The Awl (ko) in 2015.[3]


Lee graduated from high school in 2015. He took a two-year break before entering Sejong University as a film major in 2017.[4]

Sexual harassment and intimidation charges[edit]

On May 16, 2018, news broke that Lee was charged with sexual harassment and threatening a female celebrity with a weapon.[5] Lee was charged and investigated on April 8, before the police sent his case to the prosecution with a recommendation of indictment.[6] According to authorities, Lee was drinking with said female celebrity when he attempted to kiss her and make physical contact, but was rejected.[7] After continuous attempts for physical contact, the victim called her boyfriend to ask for help, which caused Lee to threaten her with a knife.[8] Following the incident, Lee remained silent and continued filming the 2018 television series About Time and host Music Bank.[9] Lee was supposed to appear in About Time,[10] but was pulled out following news of the criminal charges.[11][12] He was also removed from his role as the host of Music Bank.[13][14]

On May 24, 2018, Lee apologized for his actions while visiting the Seoul District Public Prosecutors’ Office for interrogation.[15] On July 12, the first day of trial at the Seoul Eastern District Court, Lee plead guilty to charges of sexual harassment and criminal threats.[16] Lee's attorney stated that they acknowledge guilt since Lee's DNA was detected on the victim's ear and he was apprehended by police while holding a knife.[17] However, he also stated that Lee was "unable to remember anything from the incident" and was "not in control of his body due to intoxication",[18] and requested a lenient sentence due to Lee's "diminished mental and physical faculties" cause by intoxication.[19]



Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2016 Knocking on the Door to Your Heart Kim Jin-kyu Short film [20]
2017 Man of Will Kim Chun-dong [21]

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network Notes Ref.
2015 The Awl (ko) Lee Soo-in (young) JTBC [3]
2016 Uncontrollably Fond Noh Jik KBS2 [22]
2017 The Liar and His Lover Seo Chan-young tvN [23]
Hospital Ship Kim Jae-kul MBC [24]
Last Minute Romance (ko) Dong-joon JTBC Web series [25]

Television program[edit]

Year Title Role Network Notes Ref.
2016–2018 Music Bank Host KBS2 Fired due to criminal charges [26][27]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2017 36th MBC Drama Awards Best New Actor Hospital Ship Nominated [28]


  1. ^ Song, Cho-rong (September 9, 2016). "[라이징스타②] 이서원 "블러썸 입사 1주년…송중기-박보검-임주환 형은 핑크빛 사랑". News Inside (in Korean). Retrieved May 16, 2018. 
  2. ^ Han, Hae-sun (February 10, 2017). "[핫데뷔일기]배우 이서원② "'함틋' 노직과 싱크로율 90%..책 정말 좋아해"". Issue Daily (in Korean). Retrieved May 16, 2018. 
  3. ^ a b "'송곳' 지현우 아역은 누구? 씽크로율 99.99%!". JoongAng Ilbo (in Korean). October 27, 2015. Retrieved May 16, 2018. 
  4. ^ Kim, Joo-ae (December 28, 2016). "[단독] '뮤뱅MC' 이서원, 세종대 영화예술학과 수시 합격…17학번 새내기" [Music Bank host Lee Seo-Won accepted as 2017 year Film Art major student in Sejong University] (in Korean). Xports News. Retrieved May 16, 2018. 
  5. ^ Heo, Seol-hee (May 16, 2018). "'성추행·흉기 위협 입건' 이서원 측 "잘못 인정, 깊이 반성" [전문]". My Daily (in Korean). Retrieved May 16, 2018. 
  6. ^ Song, Woo-young; Heo, Jung-won (May 16, 2018). "[단독]음악방송 MC 이서원, 동료 성추행뒤 흉기 위협…검찰 송치". News Joing (in Korean). Retrieved May 16, 2018. 
  7. ^ Ahn, Ha-na (May 16, 2018). "'뮤직뱅크'부터 '어바웃타임'까지..이서원, 이대로 하차하나". MK Sports (in Korean). Retrieved May 16, 2018. 
  8. ^ Yoon, Sang Geun (May 17, 2018). "Lee Seo Won Accused of Sexually Harassing Colleague". Star News. Retrieved May 19, 2018. 
  9. ^ Hicap, Jonah (May 23, 2018). "Korean actor Lee Seo-won removed from TV show after allegedly sexually harassing woman and threatening her with knife". Metro. Retrieved June 7, 2018. 
  10. ^ ""About Time" Casts Lee Seo-won". Hancinema. Ilgan Sports. January 15, 2018. Retrieved May 19, 2018. 
  11. ^ Lee, Ah-young (May 16, 2018). "[종합] 이서원, 술자리 성추행으로 검찰 조사…'어바웃타임' 하차". Xports News (in Korean). Retrieved May 16, 2018. 
  12. ^ Heo, Seol-hee (May 16, 2018). "'뮤직뱅크' 측 "이서원 입건 기사로 접해, 입장 정리중" [공식]". My Daily (in Korean). Retrieved May 16, 2018. 
  13. ^ Lee, Yoo-na (May 18, 2018). "[종합]'성추행·흉기협박' 이서원→'뮤뱅·어바웃타임' 줄하차→검찰 조사·자숙". Sports Chosun (in Korean). Retrieved May 19, 2018. 
  14. ^ Sung, Ji-eun (May 18, 2018). "Lee Seo-won cut from TV networks". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved May 19, 2018. 
  15. ^ Choi, Jin-shil (May 24, 2018). "이서원, 검찰 조사 후 사과 "피해자와 모든 분들께 죄송"". Sports Seoul (in Korean). Retrieved July 12, 2018. 
  16. ^ Lim, Dong-woo (July 12, 2018). "이서원 "혐의는 인정하지만 만취상태였다"…누리꾼 '술만 마시면 모든 게 허용?'". Kookje Daily News (in Korean). Retrieved July 12, 2018. 
  17. ^ Jang, Hwi-kyung (July 12, 2018). "'성추행 인정' 이서원, "만취 상태라 기억 못해"". Ilyo Seoul (in Korean). Retrieved July 12, 2018. 
  18. ^ Park, Joon-beom (July 12, 2018). "[SS톡]'거듭된 논란 자처한 이서원, 대중들도 그에게 등돌렸다". Sports Seoul (in Korean). Retrieved July 12, 2018. 
  19. ^ Yeon, Hwi-seon (July 12, 2018). "이서원 태도 논란 여전…'심신미약' 주장에 미소까지". TV Daily (in Korean). Retrieved July 12, 2018. 
  20. ^ Jung, Ji-won (May 17, 2018). "[Oh!쎈 이슈] "스스로 걷어찬 복"…'성추행 혐의' 이서원, 답 없는 추락". Osen (in Korean). Retrieved May 19, 2018. 
  21. ^ Kim, Yoo-jin (November 7, 2016). "신예 이서원, 영화 '대장 김창수' 출연 확정…충무로 기대주 활약". Xports News (in Korean). Retrieved May 19, 2018. 
  22. ^ Park, Soo-in (September 11, 2016). "[팝인터뷰①]이서원 "설레요, 앞으로 평생 배우할거니까"". Herald Corp (in Korean). Retrieved May 19, 2018. 
  23. ^ Lim, Jeong-yeo (March 16, 2017). "Will Lee Seo-won be the next Park Bo-gum, Song Joong-ki?". Kpop Herald. Retrieved May 19, 2018. 
  24. ^ Kim, So-yeon (July 4, 2017). "Kang Min-hyuk, Lee Seo-won to team up with Ha Ji-won to play doctor roles". Kpop Herald. Retrieved May 19, 2018. 
  25. ^ ""Last-Minute Romance" Heart by the main cast". Chic News. Hancinema. October 23, 2017. Retrieved May 19, 2018. 
  26. ^ Han, Na-young (November 4, 2016). "이서원, '뮤직뱅크' 새 MC 확정…박보검 뒤 잇는 스타될까" [Lee Seo-Won appointed as Music Bank new host]. The Star (in Korean). Retrieved May 19, 2018. 
  27. ^ Lee, Ji-hyun (May 17, 2018). "[공식]이서원, KBS '뮤직뱅크' MC하차…"솔빈+스페셜MC 진행"". Sports Chosun (in Korean). Retrieved May 19, 2018. 
  28. ^ Jang, Ah-reum (December 30, 2017). "[2017 MBC 연기대상] 김상중, 데뷔 27년만 대상…'역적' 7관왕 싹쓸이". News1 Korea (in Korean). Retrieved December 31, 2017. 

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