TVXQ's Yunho allegedly fled from cops after flouting social distancing rules at adult entertainment business
Korean news broadcast channel MBC has reported that TVXQ's member Yunho had reportedly fled from the police after being caught at an illegal adult entertainment business. He allegedly tried to flee after being caught by the officers for flouting social distancing rules. At this time, it was reported that he had been present at a restaurant in Gangnam until 12 AM KST while according to the COVID-19 protocol, restaurants were only allowed to operate until 10 PM.
On March 9, Yunho had uploaded a personal apology on his social media page. However, according to a report on Allkpop, more details surrounding the incident have been reported by MBC. MBC's 'News Desk' stated that Yunho was one of the five members who were caught reportedly at an illegal adult entertainment business past the 10 pm KST curfew.
It was reported that the cops were called to the building in Cheongdamdong, where a physical fight ensued between the officers and Yunho's acquaintances. It is believed that they were acting out on Yunho's behalf, giving him time to get away by stalling the officers, and hence, they may be charged with obstruction of justice. While the establishment was registered as a restaurant in Gangnam, it was revealed upon further investigation that it was indeed an illegal adult entertainment establishment.
When news of Yunho flouting the curfew rules had surfaced, his agency SM Entertainment had issued an apology statement and said, "We sincerely apologize for causing concern in this situation where many people are having a hard time due to COVID-19. Yunho is deeply reflecting on himself for causing disappointment to many people due to a moment of carelessness. We are also apologetic for not thoroughly managing and guiding our artist to follow social distancing guidelines in his personal time as well."
In his personal apology, Yunho had said, "I'm sorry. I greatly disappointed everyone who has believed in me and supported me all this time. More than anything, I am sincerely sorry and apologetic to all the medical staff who is putting forth effort while enduring this situation and everyone who has grown tired due to the COVID19."
He then added, "I am so ashamed and angry at myself for not keeping the restaurant business curfew while meeting with a few friends and spending time chitchatting with them. I believe many people are angry with my wrong actions as well. I am regretful and so apologetic for my wrong actions in not being more cautious and careful."
He also claimed that he will reflect on his actions and wrote, "I will self-reflect on breaking the quarantine guidelines and I will follow the guidelines more thoroughly and think more deeply in my actions. Once again, I'm truly sorry."