March 17, 2021 12:44
The woman who accuses late Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon of years of sexual harassment spoke to select members of the press behind closed doors on Wednesday for the first time since he committed suicide last year.
Park was found dead on July 9, a day after the victim filed a police complaint, and since then she had only been speaking through her lawyers or testified in court.
The meeting with the press, in a hotel where no photography was permitted, took place less than a month ahead of the by-election to replace Park. It has set members of the ruling Minjoo Party party atremble because it hopes to hold the post despite earlier vowing not to field a candidate.
The victim reportedly said she decided to detail her allegations against Park and speak out about the fallout to "restore her dignity" and "still suffers a lot of attacks from people distorting or denying the facts."
She also added that Park's halo as the former Seoul mayor still remains, making her feel isolated in a society where many still mourn him.
A court last month acknowledged the charges against Park, who can no longer be prosecuted, and blocked an attempt by his family to stop further investigation.
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