Top Korean director now hit by rape claim

Central Station | 8 Mar 2018

A Korean actress has accused award-winning director Kim Ki Duk and a top actor of rape, as the country's nascent #MeToo movement begins to spiral.

The fresh allegations come after Kim's presence at this year's Berlin Film Festival caused controversy following a fine for physically assaulting a different actress.

In the latest case an actress, who refused to be named, said Kim repeatedly tried to enter her hotel room when they were shooting a movie in a remote village several years ago.

"It was a living hell so many nights, he came to my room and slammed on the door or phoned me at the room repeatedly until I responded," she said. Kim eventually summoned her to his room to "discuss a script," she went on. "Then he raped me."

The film's male star Cho Jae Hyun also raped her, she said. The two men "shared stories of raping actresses," she said. The actress said she quit acting afterwards. Kim said in text messages he was only involved in "consensual sexual relationships".

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