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Group criticizes Kim Ki-duk’s suits

Apr 19,2019
An alliance of civic groups criticized auteur Kim Ki-duk for recklessly suing people as a means to threaten them in a press conference Thursday.

“Filmmaker Kim Ki-duk should halt countersuits, which is a form of secondary assault to the victims and admit his wrongdoings and make a sincere apology,” said an organization representing 136 civic groups.

Kim sued the crew of MBC’s “PD Notebook” and two female actors featured on the program, who accused Kim of assault and sexual assault during the shooting of his 2013 movie “Moebius.”

Although Kim lost the suit, he filed another libel suit this year against Womenlink Korea and an actress for defamation, demanding 1 billion won ($878,590) from the former and 300 million won from the latter.

“The perpetrator is attempting to intimidate the victims and cover up the truth by suing them and the organizations that support them,” said Bae Bok-joo, a representative of the Korea Association of Sexual Violence Relief Centers, at the conference.

The Center for Gender Equality in Korean Film and the Korean Film Organization Network (translated) issued a joint statement to denounce Kim and those who support Kim, saying that they are all inflicting secondary assault upon the victims.

Those supporting Kim are referred to as those giving Kim opportunities to make public appearances.

Park Geun-sik, a producer of “PD Notebook” who was also present at the conference, said, “The victims are still in pain when they hear the news of Kim [still participating in international events]. This is a harsh reality where victims are forced out of the industry and the perpetrators are still at large.”

Although Kim has kept a low profile locally, he was appointed head of the jury of the Moscow International Film Festival.

By Lee Jae-lim