Governor Accused of Sexually Abusing Female Aide

Ben Cho, March 5, 2018, 9:12 a.m.

An Hee-jung, governor of South Chungcheong Province, has been accused of sexually abusing his female aide, a local broadcaster reported Monday, citing the alleged victim. In a live interview with JTBC, An's secretary for political affairs claimed to have been forced into having sexual intercourse with the governor four times over the past eight months.

She also accused the liberal politician of sexually assaulting her frequently. She said she will file a complaint with the prosecution against him on Tuesday. An, 54, who ran in the primary of the ruling Democratic Party to pick its candidate for the presidential by-election in May 2017, has reportedly admitted to having sexual relations with his secretary, but insists they were consensual.

The accusation came amid the fast spread of the Me Too movement in South Korea, triggered by a female prosecutor who revealed in January that she had been sexually assaulted by a senior colleague several years ago. A raft of revelations by alleged female victims followed in the culture, arts, education and religious sectors.

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