On June 12, KBS News reported on the suspicion that Yang Hyun Suk may have attempted to influence the testimony of “A.”
“A” is an individual who was arrested on charges of smoking marijuana in August 2016. During “A’s” investigation, the police found a KakaoTalk conversation between “A” and B.I in April 2016 that suggested B.I was attempting to purchase drugs.
Following Dispatch’s report on the above, B.I announced his plans to leave iKON through a statement on Instagram. YG Entertainment later confirmed that B.I has left the team and also terminated his exclusive contract with the agency.
The Gyeonggi Southern Provincial Police Agency, who is now facing heat on whether the police properly investigated the messages that they found after arresting “A” in 2016, has released a statement on possibly reopening the investigation into “A” and B.I.
The initial Dispatch report also included the suspicion that Yang Hyun Suk might have influenced “A’s” testimony. “A” initially said that they had delivered LSD to B.I in front of iKON’s dorm in May 2016. When questioned by the police again, however, “A” changed their testimony to say that while they had discussed the possible purchase of drugs, they did not actually obtain any drugs for B.I.
In YG Entertainment’s response to Dispatch, the company stated that “A” had lied about B.I actually receiving drugs and that Yang Hyun Suk had met with “A” only to correct their testimony.
In their June 12 report, KBS News reported statements from someone they describe as a key source related to the case. This source states that the day after “A” was questioned by police, Yang Hyun Suk contacted “A” and asked for a meeting at the company office. The source further claims that Yang Hyun Suk pressured “A” to change their testimony about B.I and personally appointed a lawyer for “A.”
KBS News also interviewed a police officer who was involved in investigating the case. The police officer stated, “The lawyer was different from other lawyers. They went through every word of the person’s testimony. It was over the top.”
The police officer continued, “‘A’s’ behavior had also changed. Their behavior was unnatural. The first thing they said to me when they came in was, ‘I’m sorry, Detective.’”
KBS News went to interview the lawyer involved in the case, but they refused to give a response and said, “You know that there are attorney-client privileges about confidentiality. I can’t talk about this.” When the reporter asked about Yang Hyun Suk, the lawyer told him to leave.
YG Entertainment issued a statement saying that they only met with “A” to check their testimony about B.I and that they had not pressured them to lie nor hired a lawyer for them.
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