South Korean governor quits over rape allegation

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

A South Korean provincial governor announced his resignation on early Tuesday, just hours after his secretary accused him of raping her.

The woman who accused South Chungcheong Governor Ahn Hee-jung, a potential presidential candidate, said in a live television interview that Ahn had raped her several times since June.

Ahn said everything was his fault and he was sorry to the secretary and everyone in an early morning Facebook post announcing his resignation.

The provincial government confirmed that the governor’s resignation had taken effect, according to the AP.

Secretary Kim Ji-eun told the JTBC network she decided to speak up when Ahn assaulted her even after talking about South Korea's MeToo movement.
Local media report police are investigating Kim's accusation.
Ahn is the highest-profile man taken down in South Korea's MeToo movement against sexual misconduct.