The actor, who won the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Netflix’s smash, was charged without custody yesterday for an allegation he inappropriately touched the body of a woman he five years ago. Local news and AFP confirmed the news.
The case was dismissed earlier this year but reopened due to the victim’s appeal, according to local reports. Local outlet JTBC said O, who played Oh Il-nam, the game’s oldest contestant, on Netflix’s most-watched show of all time, said he “held hands with the woman to lead the way around a lake” and that, while he apologized, it was not an admission of guilt.
In a statement Oh shared with JTBC, the actor said, “I just held his hand to guide the way around the lake. I apologized because [the person] said she wouldn’t fuss about it, but that doesn’t mean I admit the accusations.
AFP quoted a Suwon court official as saying “not everything reported by local media is factually accurate.”
O has been playing for more than 50 years but his role in squid game brought him worldwide fame and renown. Other performances include the role of King Lear in the eponymous play and an appearance in a South Korean television series. Chocolate.