K-pop star Park Yoo-chun confesses to taking drugs, loses legal representative
K-Pop singer and actor Park Yoo-chun, who was arrested on April 26, Friday, has confessed to additional drug use, confirmed the Gyeonggi Nambu Provincial Police Agency on April 30, Tuesday. During the investigation on April 29, the actor who was charged with purchasing and using methamphetamine confessed to using the drug twice in the absence of his ex-fiance Hwang Ha Na. Following the confession, Yoo-chun's legal counsel Kwon Chang-beom has stepped down from defending the actor.
According to a report in SBS, the statement from Yoo-chun's lawyer read, "I announce that I am terminating all work related to Park Yu Chun starting today. As reported yesterday, Park Yu Chun has admitted to all of his actions and is faithfully complying with the questioning." It was also reported that following the confession, the police plan to wrap up the investigation and send it across to the prosecution team. According to a report in Soompi, when the actor was questioned on April 28, he had continued to deny any involvement with drugs or its purchase. He was reportedly interrogated for three hours before he requested time to "get the facts straight" and a source from the police agency was quoted as saying, "(Park Yoo-chun) seems to be greatly shocked by the decision to arrest him. For a smoother questioning, we decided to get his testimony again at a later time.”
Hwang Ha Na, who was the first one to name Yoo-chun and accused him of forcing drugs on her, is also expected to be interrogated further. The police will acquire her phone to corroborate conversations that occurred between the drug dealer and the actor. The police had earlier found proof that he had wired money to an account that was believed to be owned by a drug dealer. CCTV footage of the actor acquiring something, believed to the drugs have also reportedly been collected as evidence.