Squid Game actor charged with sexual abuse

SEOUL, 25 Nov 2022:

Veteran actor O Yeong-su, known globally for his role in the Squid Game series, has been indicted by the South Korean prosecutor’s office for allegedly touching a woman inappropriately, Yonhap agency reported today.

The district prosecutor’s office of Suwon, to the south of Seoul, indicted O, 78, yesterday – after a complaint by a woman claiming the actor touched her inappropriately in mid-2017.

The alleged victim filed the case in December last year with the police, who ended up closing it in April without filing any charges against O.

However, the prosecutor’s office decided to reopen the case and investigate the actor, who has denied the allegations during the proceedings.

O began his acting career in the 1960s, mainly in theatre, where he has worked in hundreds of plays of classical Korean and Western theatre.

He later joined the National Theater Company of Korea before taking up occasional roles in film or television.

Around the end of 2021, he became globally known by playing Oh Il-nam, the oldest contestant in the macabre competition of the Netflix series Squid Game.

His work in the series earned him a Golden Globe for the best actor in a supporting role.