A ruling party lawmaker said Monday that he has left the Saenuri Party over a sexual assault allegation.
Sim Hag-bong said that he made the decision not to place any further burden on the party, noting he is very sorry for causing any public concern.
He also said he will cooperate with the police investigation into the alleged incident to clear any suspicion.
The announcement follows a police report made days ago by a woman in her 40s, who said that she was sexually assaulted on July 13 at a hotel in Daegu, a major city in North Gyeongsang Province.
She later changed her statement, saying there was no coercion.
The ruling party said it has accepted Sim’s letter of defection. The move lowered to 159 the number of seats held by the ruling party in the 298-member parliament.
Police said they will summon Sim in the coming days for questioning over the alleged sexual assault.