Prosecutors in Suwon, near Seoul, revealed on Friday that they charged O a day earlier. Oh, 78, allegedly molested a woman’s body inappropriately in mid-2017.
The alleged victim filed a complaint against Oh in December last year. Authorities closed the case in April, but reopened it at the victim’s request, Yonhap news agency reports. Questioned by prosecutors, Ó denied the allegations.
In a statement Oh shared with Korean broadcaster JTBC, the actor said: “I used his hand to guide the way around the lake. I apologized for [the person] she said she wouldn’t make a fuss about it but it doesn’t mean I admit the charges.”
AFP news agency quoted a Suwon court official as saying “not everything reported by the local media is factually correct.”
The agency also said that Korea’s culture ministry pulled a government television ad about regulatory innovation that Oh showed off the air after the indictment.
Born in 1944 in Kaesong, now part of North Korea, Oh moved with his family into the US-controlled South after the 38th parallel became the dividing line and before the inter-Korean war.
He began acting professionally in 1967 and has spent most of his life in live theatre. In 2013, he claimed to have acted in more than 200 stage productions including Korean adaptations of Goethe’s “A Streetcar Named Desire,” and “Faust.”
Before “Squid Game,” Oh’s most famous film role was as the old monk in Kim Ki-duk’s critically acclaimed “Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter… and Spring.”
In Netflix’s “Squid Game,” Oh played the oldest participant in the survival competition and appeared to be a kind foil among a violent self-interested mass.
The role earned him a Golden Globe Award for best supporting actor in a series, miniseries or television movie, as well as a Primetime Emmy nomination for outstanding supporting actor in a drama series.
Diversity reached out to Netflix for comment but did not hear back by press time.