Jo Min Ki was found dead in a storage room next to a basement parking garage at around 4 p.m. KST. He was discovered by his wife who called the police after discovering his body.
The actor was under investigation after 20 women came forward with sexual harassment allegations against the actor, who was supposed to be called in for questioning on March 12, but died before being questioned by police.
It was revealed that he wrote a letter of apology on February 26 and delivered it to Dispatch, but his agency decided not to release it and opted for an official statement instead. The letter has been released after his death.
Here is the full letter translated:
“Everything is my sin. My crime!
I was so embarrassed and caught off guard as time passed by and I tried to avoid and deny it, I become more of a coward.
I am ashamed and sorry. During the past seven years, I had no choice but to become a stern professor to my juniors who begun the difficult path to become actors.
In private, I tried to loosen the strictness. I want to apologize from the bottom of my heart to all the juniors who felt humiliated and ashamed in that situation.
I am so sorry and grateful that at least now I can repent of my pride and wrongdoings.
Finally, I apologize to Cheongju University and the students of the theater department who are devoting themselves to their art.”