South Korean Actor Found Dead After #Metoo Allegations

 South Korean Actor Found Dead After #Metoo Allegations

In this July 31, 2013, photo, South Korean actor Jo Min-ki poses during an event to promote his TV drama in Seoul, South Korea. Police and fire officials said Jo Min-ki was found dead in Seoul on Friday, March 9, 2018. Yonhap News agency said the death is being treated as a suicide, but police would not confirm that. (Kim In-chul/Newsis via AP)

South Korean actor Jo Min-ki, who had been accused of sexual assault, has been found dead, according to reports.

Jo Min-ki had been accused of molesting at least eight people amid a string of #MeToo allegations in the country.

The actor was found dead at his home in Seoul, according to news agency Yonhap and the Korea Times, who cited police.

Min-Ki’s roles were mainly in TV shows, but he also appeared in a number of films. He was due to be questioned by police next week, the reports said.

The 52-year-old was one of the biggest names to be embroiled in South Korea’s #MeToo movement.

He was accused of sexually harassing and raping students at Cheongju University, where he had taught for the past few years.

Jo was dismissed from his post last month as a result of the allegations.

He initially denied any wrongdoing, but released a statement on 27 February apologising to his accusers.

“Everything is my fault, and I am the one to blame,” he said. “I am deeply sorry to all the victims for the pain I’ve caused, and from here on out, I will not avoid the social and legal consequences of my mistakes.”

The actor was also edited out of TV drama Children of the Small God and replaced by Lee Jae Yong.

Tolani Giwa

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