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Master stage director admits to sexual harassment, halts activities

2018/02/14 15:58

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SEOUL, Feb. 14 (Yonhap) -- Lee Youn-taek, a renowned theatrical writer-director, on Wednesday admitted to sexually harassing an actress in the past and decided to halt all activities to examine himself, the head of a theatrical group that he works for said on Wednesday.

"Lee conveyed his position that he was wrong, although it happened many years ago, and thus ought to reflect on himself," Kim So-hee, head of the Yeonhee Street Theatre Troupe, told Yonhap News Agency.

On its Facebook account, the company apologized to audiences and said it will cancel all future performances of "Classes," a stage play that opened on Saturday under Lee's direction, and all other plays by the group.

Kim said she will later discuss the future path of the theater group.

Earlier on Wednesday, Kim Su-hee, who leads another theater group, disclosed on Facebook that she was sexually harassed by the 66-year-old director when she worked as an actress about 10 years ago.

This file photo shows stage writer-director Lee Youn-taek. (Yonhap) This file photo shows stage writer-director Lee Youn-taek. (Yonhap)

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