“Squid Game” star Oh Yeong-su has been charged in South Korea in connection with an alleged 2017 incident of sexual misconduct.
The 78-year-old Emmy nominee was charged Thursday, Variety reported. He was accused of touching a woman inappropriately, according to Yonhap news, a South Korean news agency.
“I just held her hand to guide the way around the lake,” the actor told South Korean broadcaster JTBC, according to Variety. “I apologized because [the person] said she wouldn’t make a fuss about it but it doesn’t mean that I admit the charges.”
The alleged victim’s complaint was filed last December but the case was closed in the spring, Yonhap reported.
Oh Yeong-su arrives for the 74th Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California, on September 12, 2022. (CHRIS DELMAS/AFP via Getty Images)
The alleged victim asked authorities to look into it once again, according to the outlet.
Local media reporting is “not factually correct,” a Korean prosecutor’s office official told Agence France-Presse.
This image released by Netflix shows Lee Jung-jae, center, Park Hae-soo, right, and Oh Yeong-soo in a scene from the Korean series “Squid Game.” (Noh Juhan | Netflix/AP)
Largely a stage actor, Oh was most well-known to film audiences for his work in “Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… and Spring,” before the global success of Netflix’s “Squid Game.”
In the Netflix survival drama — which hit the streamer in September 2021 and quickly smashed viewership records — Oh portrayed Oh Il-nam, the eldest contestant in the show’s deadly competition. In addition to scoring an Emmy nomination for the part, Oh took home a Golden Globe.
Netflix in June announced that it was developing a reality competition series inspired by “Squid Game” — which boasts six Emmys and made history as the first non-English language show to be nominated for an Emmy for outstanding drama series.
Netflix did not immediately respond to the Daily News’ request for comment.