2AM member Jeong Jinwoon’s agency has spoken up after rumors arose that the cast of JTBC’s “Hitmaker” were part of a chatroom with Jung Joon Young.
On March 28, MBC’s “Newsdesk” reported about another chatroom with Jung Joon Young that includes two other singers and a model, who were speculated to be cast members of “Hitmaker.”
The April 2 broadcast of “Night of Real Entertainment” also reported that Jeong Jinwoon, Super Junior’s Kangin, and model Lee Chul Woo were the celebrities in the chatroom.
The next day, a source from Jeong Jinwoon’s agency Mystic Story stated, “Because Jeong Jinwoon is currently serving in the army and receiving basic military training at the training center, it is difficult to confirm the facts with him.”
Kangin’s agency also responded to this issue saying that Kangin was part of a chatroom for the show, but did not engage in filming or sharing illegal hidden camera footage.
Lee Chul Woo's agency responds to rumours of involvement in chatroom with Jung Joon Young
Lee Chul Woo’s agency released an official statement regarding reports of the model participating in a group chat with Jung Joon Young.
On March 28, it was reported that another chatroom with Jung Joon Young included two other singers and a model, who were rumored to be cast members of the JTBC show “Hitmaker.”
The April 2 episode of “Night of Real Entertainment” mentioned these names to be Kangin, Jeong Jinwoon, and Lee Chul Woo.
On April 3, Lee Chul Woo’s agency ESteem issued the following statement in response to these reports:
Regarding the current reports from some media outlets surrounding suspicions of Lee Chul Woo’s involvement in Jung Joon Young’s chatroom, we want to clearly state that Lee Chul Woo was not included in any chatroom that issues are being raised about.
Lee Chul Woo himself has not filmed or shared illegal hidden camera footage. Additionally, he has not been contacted by any related [investigative] agency in regards to this. Three years ago in 2016, during the filming of JTBC’s variety show “Hitmaker,” Lee Chul Woo and Jung Joon Young were part of a chatroom made for the purpose of sharing schedules with all of the cast and staff of the program. However, the chatroom was deleted after the conclusion of the show.
We respectfully request that [media outlets] refrain from speculative reports completely unrelated to the truth.
Previously, Kangin’s agency stated that Kangin also was only part of the chatroom for the show, while Jeong Jinwoon’s agency is currently unable to provide a full response due to the star currently serving in the military.
Seoul Takju clarifies Roy Kim's role in company following calls for boycott
Seoul Takju, an association of makgeolli (traditional Korean alcohol) manufacturers in Korea, has clarified Roy Kim’s role in the association.
On April 3, Seoul Takju stated, “Although [Seoul Takju] is not Roy Kim’s company, it is perplexing and unfortunate that there is a misunderstanding.”
Roy Kim was recently revealed to be one of the previously unidentified celebrities in a group chatroom where Jung Joon Young shared illegal videos. Furthermore, it was reported that he will be called in for a witness interview.
Following the news, interest in Seoul Takju began to rise, and Seoul Takju’s representative brand Jangsoo Makgeolli also topped the list of real-time search terms on portal sites. Roy Kim’s father Kim Hong Taek previously stepped down from his position as Seoul Takju’s president in 2014, and netizens began to call for a boycott of the company after confirming that Kim Hong Taek had transferred the entirety of his shares to Roy Kim.
Seoul Takju further explained, “Seoul Takju is a cooperative association established by 51 breweries, and Roy Kim is one of the 51 people. He doesn’t hold a special position. He is just one of the shareholders. It is concerning that Seoul Takju’s business has been affected after being displayed on broadcasts as if it were Roy Kim and former president Kim Hong Taek’s company.”
Roy Kim booked for charges of spreading illegally taken photos
Roy Kim’s status as a witness has been changed to that of a suspect.
On April 4, a source from the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency revealed, “We booked
and notified Roy Kim to be investigated for charges of violating the Act on Promotion of Information and Communications Network Utilization and Information Protection, etc by spreading illegally taken footage.” When asked if Roy Kim directly filmed the spread footage, the police answered that it hasn’t been confirmed.
The source further explained, “Singers Jeong Jinwoon, Kangin, Lee Jong Hyun, Yong Junhyung, and model Lee Chul Woo, who are being mentioned as participants of Jung Joon Young‘s KakaoTalk chatroom, are still considered witnesses.”
Roy Kim is facing charges of spreading illegally taken photos. It was revealed on April 2 that Roy Kim is one of the previously unidentified celebrities in a group chatroom where Jung Joon Young shared illegal videos. Following the reports, Roy Kim’s agency responded that while the singer is currently studying abroad, he will be returning to Korea as soon as possible for questioning.
Police reveal that there are no plans to question Hitmaker cast about group chat
The police currently has no plans to question “Hitmaker” cast members Kangin, Jeong Jinwoon, and Lee Chul Woo regarding participation in a chatroom with Jung Joon Young.
On April 4, the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency revealed through a regular briefing, “Besides Roy Kim, singers Jeong Jinwoon, Kangin, Lee Jong Hyun, and Yong Junhyung and model Lee Chul Woo who are being mentioned regarding Jung Joon Young’s chatrooms are all classified as references or witnesses.”
The police continued, “Lee [Jong Hyun] and Yong [Junhyung] have completed witness questioning, and there are no plans to question the others.”
Previously, Kangin, Jeong Jinwoon, and Lee Chul Woo were rumored to be part of a chatroom with Jung Joon Young that spread illegal content. In response, Kangin’s and Lee Chul Woo’s agencies commented that the chatroom only existed for the purpose of the program “Hitmaker” and was deleted afterwards, while Jeong Jinwoon’s agency was unable to respond due to the singer being in the military.
Choi Jong Hoon admits to bribing police to cover up past drunk driving incident
Former FTISLAND member Choi Jong Hoon has admitted to bribing a police officer in 2016 to cover up his drunk driving incident.
On April 4, a source from the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency stated that Choi Jong Hoon admitted to telling a police officer, “I’ll give you money, so let this pass,” when he was caught drunk driving in February 2016.
The police also revealed that some members of the KakaoTalk group chat with Jung Joon Young testified that they heard that Choi Jong Hoon offered 2 million won (approximately $1,762), then 5 million won (approximately $4,406), and then 10 million won (approximately $8,811) to a police officer as if he was bargaining with him.
The police officer from Yongsan Police Station who was in charge of Choi Jong Hoon’s drunk driving incident in 2016 previously stated that Choi Jong Hoon had offered him 2 million won (approximately $1,762) and that he rejected the offer.
At the time, Choi Jong Hoon was found drunk driving with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.097 percent. The police suspended his license and charged a fine of 2.5 million won (approximately $2,203), but he was not charged with manifesting a will to deliver a bribe. The incident ended without press coverage.
Choi Jong Hoon was previously booked for bribing the police and filming and sharing sex videos without consent.
Hwang Ha Na arrested for charges of drug usage + new reports accuse her of sharing hidden camera footage
Hwang Ha Na has been arrested following suspicions of using and distributing drugs.
On April 4, Hwang Ha Na was arrested by the Drug Investigation Unit of the Gyeonggi Southern Provincial Police Agency for charges of injecting psychoactive drugs last year. The police arrested Hwang Ha Na from the Bundang Seoul National University Hospital.
The Gyeonggi Southern Provincial Police Agency has been investigating Hwang Ha Na on suspicions of drug use since last year based on a testimony they secured from Hwang Ha Na’s acquaintance. During their investigation, the police requested a search and seize warrant and an arrest warrant for Hwang Ha Na, but both requests were dismissed by the Suwon District Prosecutor’s Office.
The case came to light due to a report by MBC on April 2, after which suspicions arose that Hwang Ha Na was not punished due to her chaebol connections as she is the only granddaughter of the founder of a large Korean conglomerate, Namyang Dairy Products.
Following the reports, the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency’s Intellectual Crime Investigation Team began an internal investigation to uncover alleged corruption within the force.
In addition, Hwang Ha Na is also accused of spreading hidden camera videos.
On April 3, news outlet CBS No Cut News reported that an online user shared on social media after receiving information about four different instances of Hwang Ha Na sharing illegally taken videos. The online user also revealed the messages exchanged between one of the whistleblowers and a person identified as Hwang Ha Na as proof.
According to the report, the whistleblower said, “[Hwang Ha Na] would randomly send a video of someone [I] don’t know like that sometimes. She would get excited all by herself if I reacted to it.” The whistleblower no longer has videos in possession but said that a woman who seemed like she was drugged was dancing naked in one of the videos.
The online user stated, “[Hwang Ha Na] threatened many people with sex videos, but I’m not sure where she got these from. Based on the tips I received, there are at least four victims.”
Sources: Naver (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11) via Soompi (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)