Presidential Scandal Rocks South Korea

South Korean protesters carry a banner depicting South Korean President Park Geun-hye, left bottom, as a marionette and Choi Soon-sil, who is at the center of a political scandal, as a puppeteer after a rally calling for Park to step down to step down in downtown Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Oct. 31, 2016. A scandal exploded last week when Park acknowledged that Choi, a cult leader's daughter with a decades-long connection to Park, had edited some of her speeches and provided public relations help. The letters read "Park Geun-hye should step down." (Ahn Young-joon/AP)
South Korean protesters carry a banner depicting South Korean President Park Geun-hye, left bottom, as a marionette and Choi Soon-sil, who is at the center of a political scandal, as a puppeteer after a rally calling for Park to step down to step down in downtown Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Oct. 31, 2016. A scandal exploded last week when Park acknowledged that Choi, a cult leader's daughter with a decades-long connection to Park, had edited some of her speeches and provided public relations help. The letters read "Park Geun-hye should step down." (Ahn Young-joon/AP)
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A friend of South Korean President Park Geun-hye is accused of influence peddling and interfering in state affairs. Police have detained Choi Soon-sil, the daughter of a shadowy cult leader. Her connections to the president threaten to topple Park.

Here & Now's Robin Young checks in with Steve Evans, a BBC reporter based in South Korea.

Guest

Steve Evans, BBC correspondent in Seoul. He tweets @EvanstheAirwave.

This segment aired on November 1, 2016. The audio for this segment is not available.

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