1:44 pm - 02/25/2018

More #MeToo Sexual Misconduct Claims Hit Korea's Culture Sector

With a spate of #MeToo accusations spreading through the Korean entertainment scene, local broadcasters and production companies are grappling with the repercussions of the global movement as they witness a cascade of sexual harassment accusations made against big-name actors.

On Friday, actors Cho Jae-hyun and Oh Dal-soo were accused of sexual harassment after online posts by victims and witnesses about their misconduct surfaced online.

Accusations against Cho, 52, came after actress Choi Yul wrote via her Instagram account that the popular actor, who is now starring in tvN drama series “Cross,” had sexually abused her. Choi said she had been waiting for Cho’s case to “explode” someday and she still had more to reveal about Cho’s alleged sexual abuse.

Oh, who is scheduled to star in upcoming tvN drama series “My Mister,” also joined the list of actors accused of sexual abuse after two anonymous online commenters accused the 49-year-old actor of sexually assaulting them in the past, only referring to him by his surname. One person said that Oh, who was once part of the now-defunct Yeonhee Theatre Troupe founded by embattled stage director Lee Yoon-taek, also recently accused of sexual abuse and rape, had sexually harassed young women of the group habitually in 1990 at Gamagol Small Theater in Busan. Media reports later revealed that Oh was the actor referred to in the posts. Earlier Tuesday, veteran actor Jo Min-ki, also a professor at Cheongju University, was accused of having used his authority as an educator to sexually harass students.

Following a flood of revelations, broadcasters and production companies are mulling how to deal with the blows.

According to staff of “My Mister,” Oh’s first drama in six years and which is set to premiere on March 21, the production team is still waiting for Oh to issue a statement. While sparing details on how they would handle the show with regards to Oh’s scandal, a production team member said, “We acknowledge the seriousness of the issue. But we are not at a stage to reveal our future plans.”

Cho, contrary to Oh who has been maintaining silence, admitted to his misconduct and issued an official apology Saturday.

I confess. I’ve been living a wrong life. Throughout my nearly 30-year career, I’ve made so many mistakes, said and done so many bad things. I am a sinner. I bow my head in apology,” he said in the statement.

Later in the day, the production team of “Cross” announced it would be inevitable for Cho to drop out of the drama. As eight episodes have already aired and Cho plays a major role in the series, it has been reported the production team is rushing to create a scenario that could naturally lead to Cho leaving the series.

Jo, who resigned from his university post after the accusations, also stepped down from his role in OCN’s new series “Children of a Lesser God,” set to air on March 3. On Thursday, the channel stated that actor Lee Jae-yong would replace Jo. Lee will refilm for Jo and parts originally featuring Jo will not be aired, the channel said.

i won't be posting any of these actors' images here as i don't want anyone to be triggered. also, actor/professor han myung goo recently admitted to sexually harassing his female students, a film actor was accused of physically & sexually assaulting multiple people (specifically women in the prostitution business), and a rapper sexually harassed an underaged fan & got kicked out by his agency after he apologized. i hope more people come forward to expose & weed out these awful people.

Source: Korea Herald
sailorsaturn1 25th-Feb-2018 07:15 pm (UTC)
I'm glad #metoo has reached a worldwide level. I don't mean just Korea but I honestly thought it would only have some impact in the US, I'm glad I was wrong.
It's not just been happening in the movie industry btw, Go Eun, who's a famous poet who even won a Nobel Prize, has been accused of sexual harrassment.
sra_interesante 25th-Feb-2018 07:45 pm (UTC)
it was about time, seem like many veteran actors are admiting their crimes ....

tbh im not surprised to learn korean entertaiment is full of sexual predators .... you just need to see how some men (idols, actors, mcs) act around women on tv IN FRONT CAMERAS!

to me its quite sad how this behaviour is obviously internalized even into female minds (women in those shows never react when a men acts gross) so seem like we will see more and more and more names revealed
by_venoms_sting 25th-Feb-2018 08:12 pm (UTC)
I'm glad this is happening and hopefully it sticks/these people don't get to prosper anymore after this (I'm not too optimistic though).

Also I learned about this in the ontd post and I guess he plays evil so well because he is evil.
kristinl356 26th-Feb-2018 01:47 am (UTC)
oh my god wtf
by_venoms_sting 26th-Feb-2018 01:49 am (UTC)
And we had just talked about him last night too.
yxerin 25th-Feb-2018 10:46 pm (UTC)
i feel like many are admitting to it just to save face and bc they know they won't face any legal repercussions. i'm glad this is happening though
jasmineakaiumi 26th-Feb-2018 05:47 pm (UTC)
mte. i've seen some comments (albeit only a few) praising them for being honest and giving them a "just do better from now on!" smh
yxerin 27th-Feb-2018 10:02 pm (UTC)
yeah, like... so many of them have apparently been doing this for several years, their world-view is not gonna be changed in a matter of days lol. it's too deeply ingrained in not only them but also society
jasmineakaiumi 28th-Feb-2018 12:21 am (UTC)
mte...like they're not going to be changed men lmao nothing will convince me that they didn't apologize just so it gets swept under the rug and they can continue doing what they've always been doing smh
rainstormraider 26th-Feb-2018 03:45 am (UTC)
Take men down and lock them up!
ashdevilrun23 26th-Feb-2018 04:01 am (UTC)
good i hope they all end up in jail
tsuyoi_hikari 26th-Feb-2018 04:30 am (UTC)
I think the first #MeToo from K-Entertainment is Director Kim Ki Duk. I read it on the newspaper but surprised it never got posted here. His movies always disturbed me (thats why I stay away from them) but to think the behind the scene as disturbing just make me uncomfortable. :(
tsuyoi_hikari 26th-Feb-2018 04:35 am (UTC)
Oh Dal Soo made me totally disappointed. His image on screen deceived me. :(

He is actually the first k-actor who managed to enter the 100 Million Viewers Club (the first even before Korea top actors; Song Kangho and Hwang Jungmin) for all his hit movies.

I hope all the victims managed to recover from all the trauma caused by this shameless individuals.
mjspice 26th-Feb-2018 09:17 am (UTC)
It's good that something is being done.
fritterish 26th-Feb-2018 02:46 pm (UTC)
Are they admitting the accusations because they know they won’t get in jail for it, or something? I hope the proper punishment will be enforced for these criminals 😶😶
modestgoddess79 26th-Feb-2018 04:18 pm (UTC)
Probably won’t suffer any legal consequences. Even convicted sex offenders get light sentences in South Korea.
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