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A South Korean movie director has been told he cannot divorce his wife, despite cheating on her for several years with an actress who starred in his movies.
Hong Sang-soo, 58, a Cannes film festival regular, filed for divorce in 2016, shortly after his relationship with actress Kim Min-hee became public.
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However, a court ruled on Friday that only the injured party in a marriage could initiate a legal separation in South Korea.
Despite the years of cheating, Hong's wife, who was only referred to as 'A' in court, refused to agree to the divorce - leading to a drawn-out legal battle.
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The director married his wife in 1985 and they have a daughter together.
In South Korea, the divorce laws are intended to protect women, whose unfaithful husbands could otherwise easily separate from them without justification.
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Extra-marital affairs were only decriminalised in South Korea in 2015 and the country remains conservative.
Before that, an affair risked a two-year prison sentence and public disapproval of them is still strong.
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Rumours of Hong's affair with Kim...
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