One of the heroes of the dystopian thriller, actor O Yeong, is the subject of a sexual assault complaint dating back to 2017.
South Korean actor O Yeong-su, one of the stars of the series Squid Gameis being prosecuted for a sexual assault in 2017, the prosecution told AFP on Friday.
The 78-year-old actor became the first South Korean to win a Golden Globe Award in January for his role as a vulnerable-looking old man in Netflix’s hit dystopian thriller.
According to press reports, the South Korean prosecutor’s office on Thursday formally charged him with inappropriately touching a woman’s body in 2017. The actor was released.
Advertising campaign interrupted
This information “is not factually incorrect,” an official from the Suwon district prosecutor’s office in the southern suburbs of Seoul told AFP, without further details.
According to South Korean media, the country’s culture ministry decided to halt an advertising campaign that featured O Yeong-su.
Dark and violent denunciation of the excesses of capitalism, in which destitute people kill each other during cruel children’s games with the hope of winning millions, Squid Game has been seen by tens of millions of people since its launch in 2021 and remains one of Netflix’s most popular series.