< img src ="https://www.geo.tv/assets/uploads/updates/2016-11-28/l_121818_044808_updates.jpg"/ > A prominent K-pop video director was charged Sunday as part of a corruption scandal rocking South Korea and swallowing up President Park Geun-Hye.
Cha Eun-Taek, who has actually dealt with “Gangnam Style” star Psy and kid band megastars Big Bang, used his ties to a secret confidante of Park to win financially rewarding projects from state companies and private firms, district attorneys state.
That confidante– Choi Soon-Sil– has been labelled Park’s eminence grise, a shadowy figure who is believed to have leveraged her close relationship with the president to draw out more than $ 60 million from leading companies, including Samsung.
Prosecutors state Park herself purchased her previous economic advisor to assist Cha pressure officials and personal companies so that he would win agreements.
Cha, 46, has been charged with abuse of power, browbeating and embezzlement and becomes the latest public figure to be involved in the snowballing scandal.
Choi, 60, is implicated of meddling in a broad variety of state affairs consisting of the nation’s preparations for the 2018 Winter Olympics.
Prosecutors recently officially charged her with abuse of power and coercion, saying Park was a “co-culprit” who had actually conspired with Choi to strongarm top companies into providing cash to non-profit structures Choi managed.
Park– now the first South Korean president to become a criminal suspect while in office– has actually declined a series of requests from district attorneys to address their concerns.
As a sitting president, Park can not be charged with a criminal offense except insurrection or treason, however she can be examined and potentially charged when her term is over.
Park is confronted with growing public calls to resign and a push by legislators to impeach her, with her task approval scores diving to tape-record lows of four percent.
Numerous thousands have taken to the streets in current weeks to call for her ouster, with organisers declaring the current rally on Saturday in Seoul drew 1.5 million people.