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The Latest: Woman in S. Korea scandal meets with prosecutors

  • Choi Soon-sil, center wearing a hat, a cult leader's daughter with a decades-long connection to President Park Geun-hye, is questioned by media upon her arrival at the Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Oct. 31, 2016. Telling reporters Monday that she "deserves death," the woman at the center of a scandal roiling South Korea met prosecutors examining whether she used her close ties to Park to pull government strings from the shadows and amass an illicit fortune. The signs read "Arrest Choi Soon-sil" and "Step Down Park Geun-hye." (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

    Choi Soon-sil, center wearing a hat, a cult leader's daughter with a decades-long connection to President Park Geun-hye, is questioned by media upon her arrival at the Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Oct. 31, 2016. Telling reporters Monday that she "deserves death," the woman at the center of a scandal roiling South Korea met prosecutors examining whether she used her close ties to Park to pull government strings from the shadows and amass an illicit fortune. The signs read "Arrest Choi Soon-sil" and "Step Down Park Geun-hye." (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)  (The Associated Press)

  • South Koreans hold signs during a rally calling for President Park Geun-hye to step down in downtown Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016. Thousands of South Koreans took to the streets of the capital on Saturday calling for increasingly unpopular President Park Geun-hye to step down over allegations that she let an old friend, the daughter of a religious cult leader, interfere in important state affairs. The letters read "Park Geun-hye step down." (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

    South Koreans hold signs during a rally calling for President Park Geun-hye to step down in downtown Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016. Thousands of South Koreans took to the streets of the capital on Saturday calling for increasingly unpopular President Park Geun-hye to step down over allegations that she let an old friend, the daughter of a religious cult leader, interfere in important state affairs. The letters read "Park Geun-hye step down." (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)  (The Associated Press)

The Latest on South Korea's political scandal (all times local):

3:20 p.m.

The woman at the center of a scandal roiling South Korea is meeting with prosecutors who are examining whether she used her close ties to President Park Geun-hye to pull government strings from the shadows while amassing a fortune.

Choi Soon-sil, a cult leader's daughter with a decades-long connection to Park, was nearly knocked off her feet several times Monday as she tried to walk through a massive crowd of media, protesters and security surrounding the entrance to the Seoul prosecutor's office.

Wearing a bucket hat and scarf, she held her hand to her mouth and appeared to be gasping as the crowd converged on her.

Protesters screamed: "Arrest Choi Soon-sil" and "Park Geun-hye should resign."

The scandal exploded last week when, after weeks of speculation, Park acknowledged that Choi had edited some of her speeches and provided public relations help.