June 29, 2022

Well-known novelist and literary translator Ahn Jung-hyo from South Korean has been accused of sexually harassing a Korean American woman from a few years ago.

According to a news report by Yonhap News Agency, the victim Chung Young-soo who was working at University of Wisconsin-River Falls has claimed that the incident took place when he was staying at her residence for a cultural event held at her university with other invitees in October 2017.

Young Soo mentioned that the novelist in the early hours of a day during the period of stay had come to her room in his underclothing without knocking and left when she screeched upon sensing the presence of another person.

The victim in order to back up her claims, had recently published a set of books that contain some 300 emails that she and the novelist had exchanged for about a year around 2017.

She claimed that the emails were mostly about work at first but later it began to include Ahn’s confession of his feelings toward her, with some containing explicit sexual descriptions.

However, the novelist strongly denied the allegations, and claimed that the victim is making one-sided arguments.

Ahn Jung-hyo, an 80-year-old novelist has worked as a reporter, columnist, and editor at English-language newspapers, such as Korea Times, and is also known to have written several books. These include “White Badge,” which was published in the United States in 1989 and adapted into a film in Korea later in 1992.

He is also credited to have translated nearly a hundred books into his native language, such as “One Hundred Years of Solitude” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.