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'Squid Game' Star O Yeong-Su Indicted On Sexual Misconduct Over A 2017 Alleged Incident

The victim first filed a report to the police in December 2021.

Cover image via Stars Unfolded & Variety via Netflix

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Squid Game star O Yeong-su has been charged in Suwon, South Korea, for allegedly touching a woman inappropriately in mid-2017

The sexual misconduct took place about three years before the filming of the award-winning Netflix series.

According to Rolling Stone, the 78-year-old celebrated actor was indicted by South Korean prosecutors on 24 November.

It is understood that the victim first filed a complaint to the police in December of last year, but the case was closed in April without charges being pressed against O.

The case, however, was reopened following the victim's request.

After being charged last Thursday, the court allowed him to be released without detention

In a statement shared with Korean broadcaster JTBC, O said, "I just held her hand to guide the way around the lake. I apologised because [the person] said she wouldn't make a fuss about it, but it doesn't mean that I admit the charges."

Variety, citing AFP, reported that South Korea's Ministry of Culture pulled a government commercial featuring the actor out of circulation after he was charged in court.

The actor had also previously discussed the allegation, telling local media last year about the incident and offering his apology to the victim, before stressing that it was not an admission of guilt.

O was part of the main cast in Squid Game, a 2021 global hit series that became Netflix's most streamed show of all time.

The actor won a Golden Globe for his role in the dystopian 'death game' series.

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1. WOMEN'S AID ORGANISATION (WAO)
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7. INTERNET WATCH FOUNDATION (IWF)
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Squid Game took the world by storm when it premiered on Netflix in September last year: