Another celeb detained on drug charges
A year after star Joo Ji-hoon was busted for drug use, another drug scandal is breaking. At the center of attention is an as-yet-unnamed singer-turned-actor who was taken for police questioning as one of 23 people rounded up in a large drug bust. Those involved are charged with regular use of marijuana and methamphetamine (crystal meth).
Eleven were charged and held in custody on May 30, including one Ms. C, age 29, who is the director at an English hagwon (academy). Twelve were charged but not detained, including the celebrity in question, who is identified as Mr. Kim, 24. He is alleged to have bought both meth and marijuana, and smoked the latter a total of 18 times between December 2009 and April 2010 in his Kangnam home. They were supplied by a Mr. Lee, 26, who sold them the drugs and is a teacher at the English hagwon. Lee was reportedly deported from the States for a similar charge.
Naturally, this has netizens curious about “Mr. Kim”‘s identity, who has been identified by the media as a singer with his acting debut in the works, and many believe they’ve narrowed it down to one pop star in particular.
The facts as outlined in news reports:
- He is 24, and a singer turned actor.
- He made his solo singer debut about a year ago. His screen debut in a movie is upcoming.
- His mini-homepage is reportedly attracting massive attention, drawing close to 10,000 visitors in 12 hours.
This has led to a lot of speculation that he is Hero Jaejoong of DBSK, and for a while his was the top name in online portal searches. But that seems to be a knee-jerk reaction to the age and singer aspect, and it appears that not all the details fit. (It’s been many years since Jaejoong debuted as a singer, and his acting debut was last year.)
Now the name drawing most attention is Taegoon, and the facts seem to fit his case more closely.
Taegoon debuted in 2009 with a mini album. He is 24. His acting debut was announced last month in the film Piano on the Sea, where he plays a genius pianist and was set to star with Jo Ahn as his love interest. His mini-homepage has close to 9,000 visitors today.
Sigh. These drug busts always make me sad, because they just seem careless and stupid on the stars’ part (and the other non-stars involved as well). These incidents always bring out a faction of comments that say, “So what? It’s only pot” and “I can’t believe how ridiculous Korea’s drug laws are.” To some extent I agree, but I also think that it’s missing the point to apply a Western point of view to a different society that views these matters in a different light. And even if we all agree that Korea has overly punitive drug laws, the fact of the matter is that these celebs have so much to lose and they KNOW what’s on the line. They know what’ll happen and they’ve seen it come to pass before. Hence stupid and careless. 🙁
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