K-pop Director charged in SKorea scandal

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SEOUL: A prominent K-pop music video director was charged Sunday as part of a corruption scandal rocking South Korea and engulfing President Park Geun-Hye. Cha Eun-Taek, who has worked with “Gangnam Style” star Psy and boy band megastars Big Bang, used his ties to a secret confidante of Park to win lucrative projects from state agencies and private firms, prosecutors say. That confidante – Choi Soon-Sil – has been labelled Park’s eminence grise, a shadowy figure who is believed to have leveraged her close relationship with the president to extract more than $60 million from top firms, including Samsung. Prosecutors say Park herself ordered her former economic adviser to help Cha pressure officials and private firms so that he would win contracts.

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