Play octopus Star O Yeong-su has been charged with sexual misconduct in Korea, according to local reports and AFP.
The actor, who won a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in the Netflix smash, was charged without detention yesterday over an allegation that he inappropriately touched the body of a woman five years ago. Local reports and AFP confirmed the news.
The case was closed earlier this year but reopened after the victim appealed, according to local reports. Local outlet JTBC said O, who played Oh Il-nam, the oldest game contestant, on Netflix’s most-watched show of all time, said he had “held hands with the woman to show the way around a lake”, and that while he had apologized, this was not an admission of guilt.
In a statement Oh shared with JTBC, the actor said, “I just held her hand to guide the way around the lake. I apologized because [the person] said she didn’t want to make a fuss about it, but that doesn’t mean I’m admitting the charges.”
AFP quoted a judicial official in Suwon as saying that “everything reported by local media is not factually correct.”
O has been playing for more than 50 years, but his role in Play octopus attracted him global fame and recognition. Other performances include the role of King Lear in the eponymous play and an appearance in South Korean TV series Chocolate.