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Squid Game actor O Yeong-su is indicted for indecent assault for ‘touching a woman’

Squid Game actor O Yeong-su accused of indecent assault for ‘touching a woman’: Golden Globe winner denies the charges

  • South Korean prosecutors have indicted Oh Young Soo for sexual misconduct
  • A woman claimed the actor touched her inappropriately in mid-2017
  • Young Soo, 78, has consistently denied the allegations against him
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Squid Game actor O Yeong-su has been indicted for sexual misconduct after he inappropriately touched a woman.

South Korean prosecutors indicted Young-soo, 78, on Thursday following a complaint from a woman who alleges the Golden Globe winner touched her inappropriately in mid-2017.

Yonhap News Agency reported that the alleged victim filed a complaint with the police in December last year, but closed the case in April without charging Young Soo.

Squid Game actor O Yeong-su has been indicted for sexual misconduct after he inappropriately touched a woman.

But the prosecutor’s office in Suwon, south of the capital, Seoul, has reopened the case and investigated the allegations, which Young-soo has consistently denied.

The actor has previously spoken out about the allegations, telling local media last year that he “clinged to the woman to show me the way around the lake.”

South Korean prosecutors indicted Young Soo, 78, on Thursday following a complaint from a woman who alleges he touched her inappropriately in mid-2017.

South Korean prosecutors indicted Young Soo, 78, on Thursday following a complaint from a woman who alleges he touched her inappropriately in mid-2017.

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Young Soo apologized to the alleged victim last year, but insists he did so because the woman said “she wouldn’t make a fuss about it” and stressed that an apology “doesn’t mean I admit the charges.”

Yeong-su won South Korea’s first Golden Globe Award in January for his role as Oh Il-name in the Netflix hit Squid Game.

President of South Korea Moon Jae-in congratulated Yeong-su and the drama crew, saying that “Squid Game” gave hope to humanity despite its grim portrayal of society.

The Squid Game, in which cash-strapped contestants play childhood games with deadly consequences in an effort to win 45.6 billion won, has become a worldwide sensation and Netflix’s biggest original series launch.

In the nine-part show, Yeong-su pretended to be a weak and harmless old man, before eventually revealing his true identity as the evil coordinator of the games.

In the nine-part show, Yeong-su pretended to be a weak and harmless old man, before eventually revealing his true identity as the evil coordinator of the games.

The dystopian drama has inspired countless real-world entertainment runs and social media memes in South Korea, including his use of the term “kkanbu,” which roughly translates as “friend,” propelling his popularity as a hippie “kkanbu grandpa.”

Born in 1944 in what is now the North Korean border city of Kepong, O is considered one of South Korea’s greatest stage actors, having appeared in over 200 stage productions since 1963 and winning a number of major awards.

He has also played many charismatic supporting characters in film and television, including “Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter… and Spring” released in 2003 by the late director Kim Ki-duk.

O’s portrayals of a Buddhist monk in that 2003 film and others won him the “acting monk” title and several TV commercials.

He said during his television appearance in October that he decided to join the ‘Squid Game’ in appreciation of the director’s insight into social wrongdoing.

“Our society goes by as if only No. 1 survives. No. 2 lost to No. 1, but defeated No. 3. After all, everyone is a winner,” he said then.

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