Lee Seo-won

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Lee Seo-won
Lee Seo-won KBS View Interview.png
In November 2016
Native name
Born (1997-02-17) February 17, 1997 (age 22)
EducationSejong University
Years active2015–2018
Korean name
Revised RomanizationI Seo-won
McCune–ReischauerYi Sŏ-wŏn

Lee Seo-won (Hangul이서원; born February 17, 1997) was a South Korean actor.[1][2]


Lee debuted in JTBC television series The Awl [ko] in 2015.[3] He initially garnered attention for his portrayal of a college student and Suzy's younger brother in the melodrama Uncontrollably Fond.[4]

In 2017 he was cast as a main character in the drama The Liar and His Lover.[5] The director of the drama Kim Jin-min predicted Lee could potentially be the next Park Bo-gum and Song Joong-ki who are from the same agency as Lee and would follow their steps.[6][7] Next, he was cast as an oriental doctor in the medical romance drama Hospital Ship.[8][9]

Personal life[edit]

Lee graduated from high school in 2015. He took a two-year break before entering Sejong University as a film major in 2017.[10]

On November 22, 2018 Lee's agency announced that Lee enlisted in the military on November 20, to fulfill mandatory military service.

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.[11] Lee was charged and investigated on April 8, before the police sent his case to the prosecution with a recommendation of indictment.[12] According to authorities, Lee was drinking with said female celebrity when he attempted to kiss her and make physical contact, but was rejected.[13] After continuous attempts for physical contact, the victim called her boyfriend to ask for help, which caused Lee to threaten her with a knife.[14] Lee remained silent and continued filming the 2018 television series About Time and program Music Bank for 40 days without informing the production staff that he was under investigation.[15] However, when news broke out, Lee, who was supposed to appear in About Time,[16] was pulled out and his scenes were re-filmed using another actor.[17][18] He was also removed from his role as the host of Music Bank.[19][20]

On May 24, 2018, Lee apologized for his actions while visiting the Seoul District Public Prosecutors’ Office for interrogation.[21][22] 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.[23] 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.[24] 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",[25] and requested a lenient sentence due to Lee's "diminished mental and physical faculties" cause by intoxication.[26][27] The second trial, which was on October 6, 2018, was held privately at the request of the victim.[28][29] During the hearing, one witness, the victim's boyfriend who saw Lee swinging the knife,[30] was called to the stand for testimony and to undergo questioning.[31] The victim testified in court on third trial that was held on October 25.[32][33] The fourth trial was scheduled for November 22.[34] However, following his enlistment, Lee plans to attend his trial through the military court with the status of a soldier. The courts have postponed his fourth hearing to be held in January 2019.[35][36]



Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2016 Knocking on the Door to Your Heart Kim Jin-kyu Short film [37]
2017 Man of Will Kim Chun-dong [38]

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 [4]
2017 The Liar and His Lover Seo Chan-young tvN [6]
Hospital Ship Kim Jae-kul MBC [8]
Last Minute Romance [ko] Dong-joon JTBC Web series [39]

Television program[edit]

Year Title Role Network Notes Ref.
2016–2018 Music Bank Host KBS2 Fired due to criminal charges [40][41]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2017 36th MBC Drama Awards Best New Actor Hospital Ship Nominated [42]


  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. ^ a b Park, Soo-in (September 11, 2016). "[팝인터뷰①]이서원 "설레요, 앞으로 평생 배우할거니까"". Herald Corp (in Korean). Retrieved May 19, 2018.
  5. ^ "이서원 '그녀는 거짓말을~' 출연 확정…이현우·조이 삼각 러브라인 [공식]". Naver (in Korean). 18 January 2017.
  6. ^ a b 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.
  7. ^ Diana (17 March 2017). "'The Liar and His Lover' director says Lee Seo Won is the next Park Bo Gum, Song Joong Ki". ASZ News.
  8. ^ a b 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.
  9. ^ Kim Koo-hee (23 June 2017). "[단독] '포스트 박보검' 이서원, '병원선' 합류…하지원과 호흡". Tv Report (in Korean).
  10. ^ 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.
  11. ^ 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.
  12. ^ 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.
  13. ^ Ahn, Ha-na (May 16, 2018). "'뮤직뱅크'부터 '어바웃타임'까지..이서원, 이대로 하차하나". MK Sports (in Korean). Retrieved May 16, 2018.
  14. ^ Yoon, Sang Geun (May 17, 2018). "Lee Seo Won Accused of Sexually Harassing Colleague". Star News. Retrieved May 19, 2018.
  15. ^ 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.
  16. ^ ""About Time" Casts Lee Seo-won". Hancinema. Ilgan Sports. January 15, 2018. Retrieved May 19, 2018.
  17. ^ Lee, Ah-young (May 16, 2018). "[종합] 이서원, 술자리 성추행으로 검찰 조사…'어바웃타임' 하차". Xports News (in Korean). Retrieved May 16, 2018.
  18. ^ Heo, Seol-hee (May 16, 2018). "'뮤직뱅크' 측 "이서원 입건 기사로 접해, 입장 정리중" [공식]". My Daily (in Korean). Retrieved May 16, 2018.
  19. ^ Lee, Yoo-na (May 18, 2018). "[종합]'성추행·흉기협박' 이서원→'뮤뱅·어바웃타임' 줄하차→검찰 조사·자숙". Sports Chosun (in Korean). Retrieved May 19, 2018.
  20. ^ Sung, Ji-eun (May 18, 2018). "Lee Seo-won cut from TV networks". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved May 19, 2018.
  21. ^ Choi, Jin-shil (May 24, 2018). "이서원, 검찰 조사 후 사과 "피해자와 모든 분들께 죄송"". Sports Seoul (in Korean). Retrieved July 12, 2018.
  22. ^ "Prosecutors grill Lee on sexual harassment". Korea JoongAng Daily. May 25, 2018.
  23. ^ 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.
  24. ^ Jang, Hwi-kyung (July 12, 2018). "'성추행 인정' 이서원, "만취 상태라 기억 못해"". Ilyo Seoul (in Korean). Retrieved July 12, 2018.
  25. ^ Park, Joon-beom (July 12, 2018). "[SS톡]'거듭된 논란 자처한 이서원, 대중들도 그에게 등돌렸다". Sports Seoul (in Korean). Retrieved July 12, 2018.
  26. ^ Yeon, Hwi-seon (July 12, 2018). "이서원 태도 논란 여전…'심신미약' 주장에 미소까지". TV Daily (in Korean). Retrieved July 12, 2018.
  27. ^ "Lee Seo-won pleads guilty to harassment". Korea JoongAng Daily. July 13, 2018.
  28. ^ Yoon, Gi-baek (September 6, 2018). "이서원 심경 고백 "충분히 반성… 미안하다는 말 전하고 싶다"". Sports Worldi (in Korean). Retrieved October 3, 2018.
  29. ^ Ahn, Yoon-ji (September 6, 2018). "이서원, 심경 고백 "피해자에 미안하다고 말하고 싶다"". MK News (in Korean). Retrieved October 3, 2018.
  30. ^ Jeon, Hyo-jin (September 6, 2018). "'여배우 강제추행' 이서원, "너무 친한 누나였다…기억 안 나 더 미안"". News Chosun (in Korean). Retrieved October 3, 2018.
  31. ^ Park, Pan-seok (September 6, 2018). "'강제추행·특수협박' 이서원, 다음 공판 10월 25일..추가 증인심문 예정[종합]". MSN (in Korean). Retrieved October 3, 2018.
  32. ^ Jang, Joo-young (September 7, 2018). "'성추행 재판' 이서원 "만취해 기억없다" 여전히 심신미약 주장". SeDaily (in Korean). Retrieved October 3, 2018.
  33. ^ Lee, Ye-eun (October 25, 2018). "'강제추행·특수협박' 이서원, 3차 공판 종료 "여전히 아무것도 기억 안 나"". My Daily (in Korean). Retrieved October 25, 2018.
  34. ^ Jo, Yoo-kyung (October 25, 2018). "이서원 3차 공판 마무리 "여전히 기억나지 않아, 판결 받아들이겠다"". Sports Donga (in Korean). Retrieved October 25, 2018.
  35. ^ Hwang, Hye-jin (November 22, 2018). "이서원 측 "연기 불가능해 20일 입대, 군사재판 성실히 임할것"(공식입장)". Newsen (in Korean).
  36. ^ "'강제추행 혐의' 이서원, 20일 비밀리 입대...4차 공판 연기". Osen (in Korean). November 22, 2018.
  37. ^ 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.
  38. ^ Kim, Yoo-jin (November 7, 2016). "신예 이서원, 영화 '대장 김창수' 출연 확정…충무로 기대주 활약". Xports News (in Korean). Retrieved May 19, 2018.
  39. ^ ""Last-Minute Romance" Heart by the main cast". Chic News. Hancinema. October 23, 2017. Retrieved May 19, 2018.
  40. ^ 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.
  41. ^ Lee, Ji-hyun (May 17, 2018). "[공식]이서원, KBS '뮤직뱅크' MC하차…"솔빈+스페셜MC 진행"". Sports Chosun (in Korean). Retrieved May 19, 2018.
  42. ^ 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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