Korean politician who quit over sexual assault accusation apologizes

GM Korea's Gunsan factory is seen in Gunsan South Korea

According to the New York Post, Jo Min-ki, 52, an actor and professor of the craft at provincial Cheongju University in his native South Korea, died by apparent suicide three days before scheduled police questioning regarding women's allegations of harassment and rape against him.

The accusations began on February 20 with an anonymous internet post claiming that he had sexually assaulted and harassed his students at Cheongju University, where he taught since 2010.

An's aide, who accused him of sexual misconduct in a television interview, filed a complaint with prosecutors this week, her lawyer's office said earlier.

Local media has said that the actor was found by his wife in a storage room next to a basement parking garage, with his wife Kim Sun-jin then calling the police.

Min-ki was found dead at a private property in Seoul.

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Jo's body was found in at his home in eastern Seoul Friday, said Yonhap, the South Korean news agency.

When he was confronted with evidence that included lewd text messages he had sent, he admitted his behavior, apologized and promised to cooperate with police.

The allegations came after Kim's presence at this year's Berlin Film Festival caused controversy after he was fined for physically assaulting a different actress.

Women in South Korea have always been reluctant to come forward about sex abuse due to fears of public shaming and bullying.

Women in South Korea have always been reluctant to come forward about sex abuse due to fears of relentless public shaming and bullying.

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