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‘Squid Game’ actor O Yeong-su, 78, indicted on indecent assault charges

New York Post logo: MainLogo New York Post 12/1/2022 Isabel Keane

A star of the hit South Korean death contest drama “Squid Game” will stand trial on charges of indecent assault after being accused of inappropriately touching a woman in 2017, a court in the country said Thursday.

O Yeong-su, 78, was indicted last week over the allegations, officials with the district court in Seongnam city confirmed.

Specifics about O’s case were not released, but the woman originally filed a complaint against him in December 2021, saying he made unwanted physical contact during a meeting in 2017.

Police closed the case in April, but it was reopened after the woman asked for it to be investigated further.

O denied the allegations when questioned by authorities, and later released a statement to South Korean news broadcaster JTBC with his version of events.

“I just held her hand to guide the way around the lake,” O said. “I apologized because [the person] said she wouldn’t make a fuss about it but it doesn’t mean that I admit the charges.”

© Provided by New York Post O Yeong-su plays a character who joined the dangerous survival game after being diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. ©Netflix/Courtesy Everett Colle © Provided by New York Post The 78-year-old actor has denied the allegations, releasing a statement to Korean news broadcaster JTBC. ©Netflix/Courtesy Everett Colle

O became the first South Korean actor to win a Golden Globe in January for his portrayal of Oh II-nam, a mysterious elderly “Squid Game” contestant who joined the contest after being diagnosed with terminal brain cancer.

“Squid Game,” a popular Netflix drama about a group of desperate adults competing in a deadly children’s game for a chance to escape their debt, has been renewed for season two.


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