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South Korea's President Park Geun-Hye speaks as she offers a public apology at the presidential blue house on October 25, 2016 in Seoul. (Photo by South Korean Presidential Blue House via Getty Images)

Soap opera

Controversy in South Korea as president accused of using TV character’s name at beauty clinic

By WITW Staff on November 17, 2016

A political scandal in Asia is reminder that politics can be farcical in other parts of the world besides the U.S. South Korean president Park Geun-hye, whose administration is engulfed in a corruption scandal, is now facing ridicule and scrutiny over allegations that she used the name of soap opera character Gil-Raim, who is portrayed by actress Ha Ji-won on the smash hit TV series Secret Garden, as a pseudonym while staying at an upscale beauty and anti-aging clinic in Seoul. Park has been facing pressure to step down as president over allegations that she let  Choi Soon-sil, a close friend, use her influence to meddle in state affairs. A probe from the health ministry now also revealed that between 2012 and 2014, a staff doctor at the beauty clinic had fabricated prescriptions for Choi and her sister, while they were actually being issued to Park. A ministry official said he was not aware of Park using the soap star’s name, but claimed they would not launch a new investigation.

Read the full story at Reuters.


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