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 gamewill be prosecuted for sexual assault in 2017, the prosecutor 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, South Korea’s prosecutor’s office formally charged him on Thursday with inappropriately touching a woman’s body in 2017. The actor has been released.
Ad campaign paused
This information “is not factually incorrect,” an official from the Suwon district prosecutor’s office in Seoul’s southern suburbs told AFP, without further details.
According to South Korean media, the country’s Ministry of Culture has decided to end an advertising campaign featuring O Yeong-su.
Dark and violent indictment of the excesses of capitalism, in which needy people kill each other during cruel children’s games in the hope of winning millions, Squid game has been viewed by tens of millions of people since its launch in 2021 and remains one of Netflix’s most popular series.