“Entertainment Weekly Plus” mentioned celebrities who have caused drug crimes that are still shocking to talk about now.
The latest episode of KBS 2TV’s entertainment show “Entertainment Weekly Plus,” which aired on Nov 17th, dealt with celebrities’ drug crimes that shook the entire entertainment industry.
First of all, Don Spike, who is working as a composer and singer, was arrested in September on charges of possessing and administering drugs, shocking the industry. Don Spike is currently imprisoned at a detention center in Seoul. The production team tried to interview the detention center, but the case was impossible to cover as it could affect the ongoing process due to him being classified as an “impending inmate.” However, a legal expert predicted the possibility of imprisonment because it was not Don Spike’s first time using drugs.
Drug controversy in the entertainment industry is not something new anymore. First, “Entertainment Weekly Plus” referred to BIGBANG T.O.P cannabis incident in 2017. T.O.P was arrested for smoking marijuana with an idol trainee, Han, before joining the military. The controversy intensified because he was fulfilling his military duty at the time. In addition, the public was shocked to see him being carried to the emergency room due to excessive use of tranquilizers. He was later convicted of 10 months in prison and two years of probation.
Some stars responded to the accusations by lying. Park Yoo Chun denied the drug charges and even sworn by his retirement, but the National Forensic Service tested him positive for drugs and Park received 10 months in prison and two years of probation. Park Yoo Chun’s return to the indsutry, which he attempted to return after his self-reflection hiatus, failed.
There is also Jeong Seok Won, who was arrested for taking methamphetamine. It was even more shocking because his happy marriage with singer Baek Ji Young stayed unaffected. After the incident, Baek Ji Young mentioned her husband and apologized at her concert. Jeong Seok Won later entered a self-reflection period after receiving 10 months in prison and two years of probation.
Actor Joo Ji Hoon was also charged with drug administration. The prosecutor claimed his test was negative, but during the investigation process, Joo admitted to the charges. He was sentenced to six months in prison, suspended for one year. At the time, he pleaded guilty to drug charges, saying, “I didn’t want to lie.”
When asked why celebrities had so many suspended sentences, a lawyer specialized in drug-related cases answered, “They are not drug dealers. They simply are drug users, and first-time offenders are given suspended sentences. The same is true for the general public. It’s not a special favor for celebrities,” he said.
In addition, 17 drug crimes have reportedly been exposed in the pop culture community for the past five years. Drugs and drug crimes, which are often mentioned in the media, are also reported to be on the rise.