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Ruling party lawmaker to quit party over alleged sexual assault

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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.

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  • Anonymous_Joe

    The announcement follows a police report by a woman in her 40s made days ago, 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.”

    Something of course isn’t adding up. The thought never entered my mind that she was paid off. …but now that you mention it.

    “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.

    …The ruling party said it will mete out a severe punishment against Sim, saying the party has no reason to protect the lawmaker.

    Police said they will summon Sim in the coming days for questioning over the alleged sexual assault.”

    So, there is no victim, she recanted her story and said there was “no coercion”, Sim stepped down rather than file defamation charges, the Saenuri party sees reason for a “severe punishment”, and the police will investigate where there was “no coercion”.

    Can anyone give me a “WTF”, brother?

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