Cartoonist shares her story of harassmentWebtoon artist Lee Tae-kyung recently added her voice to the growing Me Too Movement, sharing her experience of being sexually harassed by editorial cartoonist Park Jae-dong in 2011.
Lee appeared in an interview on SBS News on Monday where she revealed that she was sexually harassed by Park seven years ago when she went to ask him to officiate her wedding.
“He stroked my thighs, saying he was glad to see me,” said Lee. “He went on to ask me questions like if I’ve ever dated two people at the same time and if I’ve ever engaged in sexual intercourse with two guys. He even asked me, ‘If I say yes to being the officiant at your wedding, will you come and dance for me in a hotel?’”
Lee couldn’t do anything at the time, but in 2016, she drew a cartoon about what happened to her for an online guide about labor injustice and sexual abuse published by the Korea Cartoonists Association. However, it failed to draw enough attention, which is why the cartoonist came forward with her story on Monday.
Soon after Lee came out to the media about Park sexually harassing her, the big-name editorial cartoonist told local media that he did not remember because it had been too long.
“I don’t really remember such a thing. I don’t think I intended to sexually harass [her]. But we were really close at the time and talked about everything, so I don’t really know what’s happening,” Park told SBS News.
Korea National University of Arts, where Park works as a professor, said Tuesday afternoon that it would remove Park from all his current lectures.
By Sung Ji-eun