‘Material Girl’ says she ain’t that richThe controversy over a cable TV show that showed the luxurious lifestyle of a woman dubbed “Korea’s Paris Hilton” continued Tuesday as the guest claimed that she read a script provided by producers and that the program exaggerated her lifestyle, as her parents face a tax probe.
During the Mnet show that aired last week, Kim Kyung-ah said the total amount of the clothes she wore on the show was worth more than 400 million won ($340,000) and that she maintained her luxury lifestyle with allowance from her parents.
In an interview with the Chosun Ilbo newspaper on Tuesday, however, the 24-year-old said that she occasionally works as a model in Japan and claimed she told producers her jewelry and clothes cost less than 100 million won. Kim said the program exaggerated her life “as much as 10 times” and tax agency officials visited her parent’s house after the show.
Kim is currently in Japan.
Mnet flatly denied Kim’s claim, saying that producers did not ask her to read a “script” on the show and that she agreed to show off her lavish lifestyle when asked by the program.
“If what Kim said is not true, Mnet is also a victim and we will take strong action,” Mnet said. “It is unacceptable that Kim all of a sudden changed her mind. We will consider her attitude as an attempt to cover up the controversy by shifting responsibility onto the broadcaster.”
The entertainment channel also said it can show the original tape.
The Korea Communication Association also launched a probe to find out whether there was deliberate distortion or exaggeration on the program, officials said.
After the show, the tax agency investigated Kim’s family after netizens asked if they paid taxes on their daughter’s extravagant gifts.
There is no limit on how much parents can give children, but gifts valued over 30 million won are subject to taxation.