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Cheong Wa Dae issues message of comfort for late mayor's alleged sexual abuse victim

Cheong Wa Dae spokesman Kang Min-seok issues a statement, in this file photo. (Yonhap)
Cheong Wa Dae spokesman Kang Min-seok issues a statement, in this file photo. (Yonhap)

The office of President Moon Jae-in broke its silence Thursday about the politically sensitive issue related to the allegations that late Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon sexually harassed a former secretary, conveying a message of comfort to the victim.

"We offer words of comfort to the victim," Cheong Wa Dae spokesman Kang Min-seok said at a press briefing when asked about the presidential office's position on the matter.

Park was found dead earlier this month after his former secretary filed a sexual harassment complaint with police against him.

In his suicide note, Park wrote he feels sorry to "everyone" but did not mention the accusations.

Cheong Wa Dae's statement came a day after the accuser, who remains anonymous, openly demanded through her lawyer that relevant authorities conduct a thorough probe into her suffering "in accordance with a legitimate and reasonable procedure."

Kang said Cheong Wa Dae maintains a "firm stance" against any sexual misconduct by senior civil servants and the position that protecting victims should be a top priority.

He added that Cheong Wa Dae would wait for the results of the ongoing investigation to detail its position on the case. (Yonhap)

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