'Squid Game' star Oh Yeong-su indicted for se*ual misconduct

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'Squid Game' star Oh Yeong-su indicted for se*ual misconduct

O Yeong-su, the "Squid Game" actor, has been charged with se*ual assault, South Korean judicial officials said. The 78-year-old was accused of inappropriately touching a woman in 2017, and he denied the allegations. He became the first South Korean actor to win the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Series after his performance in the Netflix thriller earlier this year.

The alleged victim first reported Mr. O to the police in December last year. However, the case was closed in April without charges against Mr. O. The prosecution has now reopened the investigation "at the request of the victim", but now he has been charged without custody.

O denied the allegations in front of the prosecutor and shared a statement with Korean broadcaster JTBC, “I just held her hand to guide the way around the lake. I apologized because [the person] said she wouldn’t make a fuss about it but it doesn’t mean that I admit the charges”.

Following the accusation, Seoul's culture ministry decided to stop airing a government advertisement featuring Mr. O. "Squid Game," Netflix's most popular series of all time, is a thriller series that tells the story of debt-ridden people who compete for a huge cash prize in a deadly series of children's games.

He has appeared in a handful of films including The Great Queen Seondeok, A Little Monk and Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring. His breakout role was as Player No. 1, otherwise known as Oh Il-Nam, in Netflix's Squid Game for which we won a Golden Globe in January 2022.

Netflix credits its Binge model for the success of Squid Game

"It’s hard to imagine, for example, how a Korean title like Squid Game would have become a mega hit globally without the momentum that came from people being able to binge it." It added, "We believe the ability for our members to immerse themselves in a story from start to finish increases their enjoyment but also their likelihood to tell their friends, which then means more people watch, join and stay with Netflix."