South Korea actress accuses Berlin Film Festival organisers ‘hypocritical’ for inviting Kim Ki Duk

 

A South Korean  actress who wants to remain anonymous , earlier accused renowned Seoul director Kim Ki-duk of physical and sexual abuse, saying he beat her and forced her into unscripted, unwanted sex and nude scenes while shooting his 2013 film Moebius.

The actress now is calling on to the Berlin film festival organizers for being “hypocritical ” according to her as they invited Kim at the festival.

She said, .“I find the decision to invite Kim deeply sad and extremely hypocritical,” the actress said, adding she had been left “devastated” by the experience.“Kim admitted and was found guilty of physically assaulting me on the film set. Yet, the Berlinale rolled out a red carpet to him while boasting about their support for the #MeToo movement.”

Talking about the abuse, she said, .“One day, Kim said ‘I’ll set your emotion’ and suddenly slapped my face really hard three times in a row in front of everybody, before turning the camera towards me and filming.”

However the case was dropped citing a lack of evidence but fined Kim 5 million won ($4,600) under a procedure where minor cases can be handled without going to court.

Now the actress is upset at the Berlinale for inviting a director who assaulted her to this year’s event while promoting it as a forum to tackle abuse in the industry.

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