The Celebrity Drug Bust – Update II
KP’s note: As you know, we always (usually?) write posts from an unobjective view – simply as reported by Korean articles. However, in order to be most informative for this matter, we’re going to have to write some our own thoughts. Hence, the first part of this post comes from SBS News and Sports Khan, while the latter (below the line) is what netizens have discovered. Also, keep in mind that when Korean news reports say “Mr./Ms. A (A씨)”, it does not necessarily mean that the person’s initial is A. It’s just a way of saying Person A or Person B without identification.
SBS News reported that Mr. A is being investigated by the police in relation to drugs. Like Ju Ji Hun, Mr. A is suspected of taking illegal drugs that were imported from abroad.
The Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency’s drug squad announced on June 3 that two actors/actresses, one singer, and one former singer (female; active three to four years ago) are currently being investigated by the Public Prosecutor’s Office for use of drugs imported by Yoon Seol Hee. Within the past two months, the drug squad has gone around clubs in Gangnam to arrest 12 people and investigate (without detention) 72 others. Some reportedly even took drugs out in the open, not just in private rooms at clubs.
When contacted by the press, representatives for the suspected celebrities claimed either that they had not been investigated or that results had not come out yet. Mr. A’s manager in particular stated that Mr. A has never been questioned by the police.
In relation, Ye Hak Young and Yoon Seol Hee are currently in prison for drug trafficking. Ju Ji Hun has been banned from appearing on all of Korea’s major broadcasting stations for his involvement in drug abuse.
KP’s (extended) note:
First of all, let us start by saying that it is very serious business to accuse anybody of doing drugs. Next, we want to make it clear that we are reporting what SBS and netizens have been saying. Police have NOT confirmed the SBS report yet. Now then…….
Um…. Lee Chun Hee??????????
After SBS put up the (slightly) censored visuals of “Mr. A” in their news report, netizens quickly discovered that it was Lee Chun Hee at SBS Entertainment Awards at the end of 2008.
Netizens have quickly been trying to put the pieces together. For example, is it any coincidence that his sudden departure from SBS’s popular variety program, Family Outing, was announced this week? Park Ye Jin had the legitimate excuse of having to work seven days a week on Queen Seon Duk and a film. Lee Chun Hee is not quite as busy. Could it be possible that SBS was the one who chose not to renew his contract? Secondly, it’s extremely risky for a major station such as SBS to put up such an obvious visual profile (despite the censor) of Lee Chun Hee and accuse him of taking drugs. We don’t think they would have opened themselves up to potential litigation and bad press if there was any chance of being wrong. Thirdly, Lee Chun Hee is connected with both Ju Ji Hun and Ye Hak Young. Ju Ji Hun appeared on Yoo Jae Suk & Kim Won Hee’s Come to Play, broadcast on November 10, 2008. On the show, he said how Lee Chun Hee doesn’t swear, but Ju once offended him enough to cause him to swear and throw clothes on the bed – in the home Lee Chun Hee share(s/d) with Ye Hak Young. Lee and Ye have known each other for awhile from belonging to the same agency.
On the flip side – innocent until proven guilty! Remember the fiasco with actor-model Im Ju Hwan wrongfully being accused? Despite having the same name and being connected to Ye Hak Young, it wasn’t him. Most netizens are expressing disbelief that Lee Chun Hee could be involved with drugs. Lee has built up a wholesome image this past year on Family Outing, even earning the name Chunderella (after Cinderella). Many are outraged that SBS would make such a blatant accusation without waiting for official confirmation from the police.
Hence, this is the updated RUMOUR report – we’ll update again when there’s confirmation. We’re hoping that it’s a big mistake and Lee Chun Hee has nothing to do with it.