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Squid Game actor charged with sexual misconduct

Sky News logo Sky News 26/11/2022

The Squid Game actor O Yeong-su has been charged with sexual misconduct, South Korean officials say.

O Yeong-su at the Emmy Awards in Los Angeles in September. Pic: AP © Associated Press O Yeong-su at the Emmy Awards in Los Angeles in September. Pic: AP

The 78-year-old is accused of inappropriately touching a woman in 2017, according to prosecutors.

The woman first filed a complaint in December 2021 but the case was dropped in April without charges being brought.

"At the request of the victim" the case is now being reopened, the Yonhap news agency says.

Mr O has denied the allegation, local media report.

He has been charged but has not been detained, Yonhap said.

Following the charge, Seoul's cultural ministry has stopped broadcasting a government advert he features in.

Squid Game is the most popular show in Netflix's history.

It tells the story of debt-ridden people, including Mr O's character, competing in a series of deadly games for a cash prize.

O Yeong-su (L) with other Squid Game actors in the Netflix series. Pic: AP © Associated Press O Yeong-su (L) with other Squid Game actors in the Netflix series. Pic: AP
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