On October 24, the JTBC television network reported that Choi had allegedly received drafts of the president’s speeches before they were publicly delivered, though she had never held a public post. The following day, Park officially admitted asking Choi for advice on speeches and public relations issues. Choi is also accused of using her ties with Park to extract millions of dollars in donations from big companies into two non-profit foundations she controlled.
The prosecution is expected to announce to what degree Park is to be held responsible for the charges. If Park's criminal charges are mentioned in the indictment, the president's status could be changed from reference witness to a criminal suspect. Prosecutors had sought to question Park this week, but this has been postponed.
The revelation has caused massive anti-government protests in the country, with people and opposition parties calling on the president to resign.