Oh Young-soo, an award-winning actor from “Squid Game,” will go on trial for indecent assault after a woman accused him of groping her inappropriately in 2017.according to a South Korean court
Prosecutors charged the 78-year-old Emmy nominee with the charges last week, according to the district court in Seongnam City, and his trial will start in February. The circumstances of Oh’s case, which were originally published by local media last week, could not be confirmed, according to Kim Myeong-un, a representative of the district prosecutors’ office in Seongnam.
The unnamed woman allegedly first complained about Oh in December 2021, charging that he had made unwelcome physical contact with her during a meeting in 2017.
The Associated Press called Oh several times but she didn’t respond when asked for remarks.
Oh allegedly denied wrongdoing when confronted by a reporter and said that he had simply held the woman’s hands to “guide her the way” while they strolled around a lake, according to South Korean cable channel JTBC. According to JTBC, Oh said that he had apologised to the woman, not because he agreed with her charges, but rather because she allegedly threatened to “create an issue” if he didn’t.
Oh made history in January when he became the first South Korean actor to win a Golden Globe after being named the best supporting actor for his work in the brutal Netflix drama “Squid Game,” about a desperate group of adults who play deadly children’s games to try and escape crushing debt.
Oh’s portrayal of Oh Il-nam, an enigmatic elderly participant who joined the games after learning that he had terminal brain cancer, earned him an Emmy nomination as well.