March 22, 2018 11:17
Police said Wednesday they have will seek an arrest warrant for prominent playwright and director Lee Youn-taek on charges of sexually assaulting actors.
A police unit investigating sex crimes said Lee is a notorious "recidivist," making it necessary to arrest him amid concerns that he could try to destroy evidence.
Lee has been accused of molesting or sexually assaulting 17 women on 62 occasions from 1999 to June 2016. Under the statute of limitations, 24 of those alleged offenses involving eight victims remain punishable since they occurred after April 2010, when a new law was passed to punish habitual sex offenders.
A police officer said, "In order to support allegations of habitual sex offenses committed by Lee, we listed the names of all 17 women in our arrest warrant application, although half of the alleged crimes are no longer punishable.
Lee was questioned twice over the past weekend and apparently admitted most of the charges against him. "He did deny some of the charges, but primarily admitted them, though he was unclear about the chronology," a police officer said.
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