K-pop and drama star Park Yoochun was today arrested on charges of buying and using illegal drugs – in the latest scandal to rock the clean cut South Korean entertainment industry.
An arrest warrant for Yoochun, 32, was approved by Suwon District Court due to concerns of possible destruction of evidence and worries that he might flee the country, a court spokesman told Reuters.
Park Yoochun, 32, of boy band JYJ arrives at the Suwon court today in Suwon, South Korea. The court issued an arrest warrant on Yoochun for illegal substance charges. Superfans on social media pointed out how the star had dyed his hair a lighter brown for the court appearance
Yoochun is suspected of having bought about 1.5 grams of methamphetamine with his former girlfriend earlier this year and using the drug around five times, an official at the Gyeonggi Nambu Provincial Police Agency said.
Park Yoo-Chun of South Korean boy band JYJ performs onstage during the 2014 JYJ Asia Tour ‘The Return Of The King’ at the Olympic Stadium in Seoul, South Korea
Yoochun has denied wrongdoing, saying he had never taken drugs, and he again denied the charges in court, Yonhap news agency said.
Yoochun’s contract with his management agency had been canceled and he would leave the entertainment industry, Yoochun’s management agency, C-JeS Entertainment, said on Wednesday.
Yoochun was a member of boyband TVXQ between 2003 and 2009 before leaving the group with two other members, forming the group JYJ.
A scandal involving sex tapes, prostitutes and secret chat about rape led at least four other K-pop stars to quit the industry earlier this year.
The cases sparked a nationwide drugs bust and investigations into tax evasion and police collusion at night clubs and other nightlife spots.
In March Jung Joon-young, 30, announced his immediate retirement from showbusiness amid allegations he shot and shared sexual imagery without his partners’ consent.
‘I admit to all my crimes,’ he said.
‘I filmed women without their consent and shared it in a chatroom, and while I was doing so I didn’t feel a great sense of guilt,’ he added in a statement released late Tuesday.
Park Yoo-chun, a K-pop idol singer, arrives at the Suwon district court in Suwon, South Korea for his hearing today – he later left in handcuffs after an arrest warrant was issued
South Korean Park Yoo-chun (stage name: Micky Yoochun), member of boy band JYJ, leaves court surrounded by media at the Suwon Court in Suwon, South Korea today
An arrest warrant for Yoochun, 32, was approved by Suwon District Court (pictured) due to concerns of possible destruction of evidence and worries that he might flee the country
Yoochun’s most recent album Slow Dance was the 9th best-selling male solo album of 2019 in South Korea
Jung was one of three male artists in a group chat room where some members shared secretly filmed footage of a sexual nature of at least 10 women, according to local broadcaster SBS.
K-pop singer Seungri, a hugely successful member of boy band BIGBANG also announced his retirement from show business in March amid a sex-for-investment criminal investigation – he had also been a member of the chatroom, the broadcaster said.
K-pop stars generally cultivate clean-cut images and are actively promoted by the South Korean government as a key cultural export – making the scandals even more shocking.
K-pop star Jung Joon-young announced his immediate retirement from showbusiness in March amid allegations he shot and shared sexual imagery without his partners’ consent