Squid Game actor O Young-su, 78, will go on trial in February for indecent assault after he was accused of ‘touching’ a woman, South Korean court says

  • O Young-su will go on trial in February for charges of indecent assault 
  • The Squid Game actor is accused of allegedly ‘touching’ a woman 
  • Woman originally filed complaint against O in December 2021 but case closed
  • But prosecutor in Suwon reopened case and investigated- led to indictment

Squid Game actor O Young-su, accused of ‘touching’ a woman, will go on trial in February for charges of indecent assault, a South Korean court has said.

O Young-su, 78, was last week indicted over the allegations. The woman originally filed a complaint against O in December 2021 but they closed the case in April without filing charges against Yeong-su, reported Yonhap news agency.

But the prosecutor’s office in Suwon, south of the capital of Seoul, reopened the case and investigated the allegations, which Yeong-su has consistently denied.

The woman accused him of making unwanted physical contact during a meeting in 2017. But O denied wrongdoing, telling a reporter from JTBC that he held the woman’s hands to ‘show her the way’ as they walked round a lake. 

 Squid Game actor O Young-su, accused of ‘touching’ a woman, will go on trial in February for indecent assault, a South Korean court has said. Pictured: In Squid Game 

He had offered the woman an apology last year, not because he acknowledged the accusations against him but because the woman allegedly told him she ‘wouldn’t raise an issue’ about the incident if he did, according to JTBC. 

In January, O became the first South Korean actor to win a Golden Globe, after he was named top supporting actor for his role in the hit Netflix show.

O was also nominated for an Emmy for his performance in the Squid Game. He played O Il-nam, a mysterious elderly contestant who is involved in the games.

Squid Game is a drama about a desperate group of adults who compete in deadly children’s games for a chance to escape severe debt and win £45.6 billion. 

O Young-su, 78, was last week indicted over the allegations. The woman originally filed a complaint against O in December 2021 but they closed the case in April without filing charges against Yeong-su, reported Yonhap news agency. Pictured: In Squid Game 

The woman accused him of making unwanted physical contact during a meeting in 2017. But O denied wrongdoing, telling a reporter from JTBC that he held the woman’s hands to ‘show her the way’ as they walked round a lake. Pictured: O at the back in Squid Game 

O, pictured, had offered the woman an apology last year, not because he acknowledged the accusations against him but because the woman allegedly told him she ‘wouldn’t raise an issue’ about the incident if he did, according to JTBC

The drama’s crew were congratulated by South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who said that the series gave hope for humanity even though it depicted society in a miserable manner. 

Squid Game is a huge hit in South Korea, inspiring real world recreations and social media memes. This includes O’s use of the word ‘kkanbu’ which is a rough translation of ‘friend.  

O was born in 1944 in what is now a North Korean border town of Kaepung. He is seen as one of the best stage actors in South Korea, appearing in more than 200 productions since 1963 and winning a number of awards.

He has also played many charismatic supporting roles in film and television, including in ‘Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… and Spring’ released in 2003 by late award-winning director Kim Ki-duk.

O was given the nickname ‘monk actor’ because of his portrayals of a Buddhist monk in the film. He also portrayed the same role in other films and television shows as well as commercials.   

In October, he said that he decided to join Squid Game as he appreciated the director’s insight over social irregularities. 

He said: ‘Our society goes by as if only No. 1 survives. No. 2 lost to No. 1, but beat No. 3. After all, everybody is a winner.’

An official at Seongnam’s district prosecutors office, Kim Myeong-un, said it could not confirm specific details about O’s case.

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