SEONGNAM, South Korea, Gyeonggi Province Gov. Lee Jae-myung appeared for police questioning Monday to answer a series of mounting allegations involving his family and extramarital affairs.
Lee arrived at the Bundang Police Station, south of Seoul, at about 09:50 a.m. Lee's office announced last week the governor had agreed with the police to undergo the questioning.
"I have never abused my position for personal reasons. I believe the truth will out at the end of the police investigation," he told reporters. "All this may well be a blessing in disguise."
The influential politician has long been dogged by allegations involving his family and an actress who claims to have had an affair with him.
In June, the minor Bareunmirae Party filed a complaint against him, alleging that he used his mayoral power to have his brother, now deceased, hospitalized against his will and that he violated the election law by denying the suspicion.
The party also claimed he lied during his campaign for governor about his alleged affair with the actress and pressured local companies to provide more than 16 billion won to the city-affiliated pro football team in the form of advertisement charges.
Lee, who is affiliated with the ruling Democratic Party, became the governor of the province surrounding Seoul after winning a heated election in June. Lee was also a contender in the party's presidential primary last year.
Lee has flatly denied all allegations.
Source: Yonhap News Agency