Jung Suk-won was detained by police earlier this week for alleged drug use.
An anonymous tip sent to police led to actor Jung-Suk-won’s arrest when he arrived at Incheon International airport on February 8. This tip accused the actor of taking methamphetamine while on a trip to Australia.
Further, once detained and questioned by police Jung-Suk-won is quoted as saying, “I did it out of curiosity.” Later, after being held for 22 hours police released him on the basis of this being a first-time offense and a simple medication.
In response to the incident, Jung Suk-won’s agency C-JeS Entertainment said, “Police conducted an investigation regarding alleged drug used by Jung-Suk-won last week during a trip to Austraila with a friend. He admitted to the charges during the investigation. The authorities released him after questioning without physical detention.”
In addition to the agency’s statement, Jung-Suk-won also apologized publically. He said, “I apologize for disappointing so many people by making this one wrong choice. And I deeply regret having hurt my beloved family. I will sincerely cooperate for the remainder of the investigation and offer my sincerest apologies for provoking criticism.”
However, despite Jung’s apology, the public’s reaction has been cold. While netizens are voicing support for his wife Baek Ji-young and their daughter, they are criticizing the actor. Posts such as, “why would a person with a family do this,” “even if there is the first time, drugs should not be done,” and “he has a good image (reputation), this is disappointing” can be seen in the comment section of articles and on online communities.
Jung-Suk-won married Baek Ji-young in 2013. Further, after four-years of marriage, the couple had their first child last May. Prior to this incident, Jung-Suk-won and his family had a good public reputation. Unfortunately, because of this incident, their public image has been irrevocably tarnished.
This is particularly troubling for Baek Ji-young who is scheduled to perform at a concert on the 10th. Notwithstanding, she still plans to perform to keep her promise to the audience and her fans.
Translated by O.C
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