(Newser) – Kim Jong Un's ex-girlfriend died by firing squad ... right? Sure, except she spoke Friday at a televised meeting of artists in Pyongyang and thanked her powerful ex for supporting the arts, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Hyon Song Wol, a pop star, was reportedly one of as many as a dozen people executed by firing squad last year for acting in porno videos sold in China, according to South Korea's Chosun Ilbo. Even Japan's Asahi Shimbun paper joined in, saying the performers were killed to stop lurid rumors from getting out about the lifestyle of Kim Jong Un's wife, Ri Sol Ju, when she was an entertainer, the Telegraph reports.
"They were executed with machine guns while the key members of the Unhasu Orchestra, Wangjaesan Light Band, and Moranbong Band as well as the families of the victims looked on," said sources at the time. But analysts have debated the report ever since, with some saying there was an execution that didn't include Hyon.
North Korea's state news agency reacted angrily, blaming the reports on "psychopaths" and "confrontation maniacs" in South Korea. (More from the realm of dubious North Korea stories: the country found a "unicorn lair.")