Soap opera

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

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)

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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