Myungsuk Lee Won’t Sue the New York Post After All

(Photo: NY Post/James Messerschmidt)

Just over a week ago, Queens Assembly candidate Myungsuk Lee held a press conference denouncing the New York Post for publishing reports of his newspaper, the Korean American Times, containing ads for prostitution services. At the conference, he reportedly vowed to sue the tabloid for defamation and libel, in addition to seeking a face-to-face sit down with the Post‘s chief editor to discuss the publication’s bias “against Korean-American community at large.”

Well, it looks like Mr. Lee backed down.

“Personally, I want to send a letter to the Post, but my political consultants advised me not to do it,” he told the Queens Courier while denying he intended to file a lawsuit. “It makes it worse.”

And even though Mr. Lee apologized in the original Post report, he said that was not in fact an admission of guilt.

“If you see my newspaper’s back pages, there are a lot of massage businesses on Northern Boulevard and Union Street. They’re all legal businesses. … I acknowledged it at the time because I trusted the New York Post reporter,” he said. “But I called the massage business the New York Post visited and they said they are just a regular massage business.”

Mr. Lee is facing off in a crowded Democratic primary to replace Assemblywoman Grace Meng, who’s now candidate for Congress in northeastern Queens. Joining Mr. Lee are Ron Kim, Yen Chou, Ethel Chen, John Scandalios and Martha Flores-Vazquez.

Myungsuk Lee Won’t Sue the New York Post After All