K-pop star G-Dragon, a member of the popular band BIGBANG, appeared for police questioning in Incheon, South Korea, regarding allegations of drug use. The 35-year-old artist, whose real name is Kwon Ji-yong, arrived at the Incheon Nonhyeon police station dressed in a dark suit and denied any wrongdoing. South Korea has strict laws against illegal drugs, and even citizens who use drugs legally overseas can face prosecution upon returning to the country.
President Yoon Suk Yeol has called for stronger measures to combat drug trafficking, stating that the country is no longer “drug-free.” After nearly four hours of questioning, G-Dragon stated that he had tested negative for drugs and requested a more detailed test. He emphasized his cooperation with the investigation and expressed the hope that the investigative agency would promptly release accurate results.
G-Dragon is the latest in a series of South Korean entertainers to be investigated for alleged drug use. Actor Lee Sun-kyun, known for his role in the film “Parasite,” is currently under investigation for marijuana and other psychoactive drug use. Another prominent actor, Yoo Ah-in, was recently indicted for alleged drug use.
BIGBANG, the group G-Dragon belongs to, is one of South Korea’s most successful boy bands, having sold over 140 million records worldwide since their debut in 2006. However, the group’s members have faced various controversies and legal issues in the past. Seungri retired from show business in 2019 amid criminal investigations and was later sentenced to 18 months in prison for charges including offering women for sexual services. Rapper T.O.P, who announced his withdrawal from BIGBANG earlier this year, received a suspended jail sentence in 2017 for marijuana use. G-Dragon himself was previously investigated for marijuana use in 2011 but was not indicted.