Choi Soon Sil Announces She Will Publish a Book of Memoirs
Ben Cho, May 23, 2018, 8:21 a.m.
Ex-President Park Geun-hye's confidante Choi Soon-sil is writing her memoirs in what promises to become one of the more hilarious and explosive publishing events of the near future. Choi, who was sentenced to 20 years in prison for corruption and influence peddling, is to claim that she was subject to "a purge that is severer and harsher than the communists."
A notoriously inept writer whose taste for high-toned drivel infected many of Park's speeches when she edited them, Choi has been writing the book since her arrest and finished the preface at the end of last month.
"I never demanded a position or sharing of power from President Park Geun-hye. What do they even mean when they say I committed influence peddling?" she writes in the preface, which her lawyer Lee Kyung-jae released Monday.
As she did during her trial, Choi portrays herself as the innocent victim of a plot to oust Park. "Even if the government has changed, this level of retaliation is simply too much. This is more than a socialist purge," she writes.
The book will reflect on the investigation and her trial as well as answering rumors about her bizarre family, including her father Choi Tae-min, whose journey from Buddhist monk to crackpot cult leader via six marriages culminated in his becoming Park's mentor and spiritual guide.