‘Squid Game’ actor Oh Young-soo accused of sexual misconduct
Prosecutors in Suwon, near Seoul, revealed on Friday that they had charged Oh a day earlier. Oh, 78, allegedly touched a woman’s body inappropriately in mid-2017.
The alleged victim filed a complaint against Oh in December last year. Authorities closed the case in April, but reopened it at the victim’s request, Yonhap news agency reported. Questioned by prosecutors, Oh denied the allegations.
In a statement shared with Korean broadcaster JTBC, the actor said: “I just held her hand to guide her around the lake. I apologized because [the person] Said he won’t make a fuss about it but that doesn’t mean I accept the charges.”
AFP news agency quoted a Suwon court official as saying that “everything published by the local media is factually incorrect.”
The agency added that the Korean Ministry of Culture pulled a government TV ad about regulatory innovation featuring Oh Off Air after the accusations.
Oh was born in 1944 in Kaesong, now part of North Korea, and moved to the US-controlled South with his family after the 38th parallel became a dividing line and before the Inter-Korean War.
He began acting professionally in 1967 and spent most of his career in live theater. As of 2013, he claims to have acted in over 200 stage productions, including “A Streetcar Named Desire,” and the Korean adaptation of Goethe’s “Faust.”
Before “Squid Game”, Oh’s best-known film role was as an old monk in Kim Ki-duk’s multi-award winning “Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… and Spring”.
In Netflix’s “Squid Game,” Oh played the oldest participant in a survival competition and appeared as a kind foil to violent self-interest.
The role earned him a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries or Television Movie, as well as a Primetime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.
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