A rising star in South Korea's ruling Democratic Party quit hours after an aide accused him of repeated sexual assault, with the MeToo movement rattling the country's political establishment.
An Hee Jung, 52, governor of South Chungcheong province and a familiar face in last year's presidential election, was accused of bad behavior by Kim Ji Eun when she appeared on television on Monday night. Police are now investigating the allegations.
An's staff claimed initially that sex was consensual. But a few hours after the interview was aired he took to Facebook to say his staff's statement was erroneous and he planned to leave his governor's chair and quit political life. "Everything is my fault," he added.
Kim said on JTBC that "over the past eight months I have been sexually assaulted four times.
"An recently talked to me about the growing MeToo movement, and it seemed to me he looked nervous. He asked me if I was okay then said he was sorry." Even so, An assaulted her again.
Supporters nicknamed An "Exo of South Chungcheong" after a popular K-pop band.